Unmanned Aircraft Qualification Drone Course

Our drone training course is Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) compliant and once successfully completed, you will gain the Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ). This will serve as proof of competence when applying to the CAA for your Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO). The Unmanned Aircraft Qualification will also allow you to seek employment with an existing drone company that holds a PfCO.

Our course has been designed and developed by commercial airline pilots and professional drone operators. Our instructors are all equally experienced which ensures our training is always up-to-date and relevant, satisfying not just the CAA requirements, but also preparing you for your first job as a commercial drone operator. In addition, UAVAir never cancels a course, which means your booking is always guaranteed!

After completing the course, you will gain your Unmanned Aircraft Qualification. At this point, we will continue to support you in the writing of your Operations Manual and help you apply to the CAA for your PfCO.

In addition, UAVAir is pleased to offer all of our candidates the ability to receive a worldwide academically recognised qualification along with our Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved UAQ drone training course. All candidates will be able to receive a Level 3 or Level 4 qualification from ProQual in the Remote Piloting of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. 

What does the course include?

  • Computer based distance learning
  • Ground School with theory test (2 days at over 10 locations)
  • Practical Flight Assessment (over 10 locations)
  • Operations Manual development + review
  • Free course study manual + pilot checklists
  • Free telephone support
  • Student support Facebook group
  • Ongoing support for UAVAir graduates
  • Guarenteed booking (we never cancel a course!)

*Please note, you must be 18 or older to take a course with UAVAir. Also, due to recent CAA issued guidance, the theory exam is no longer open book.

UAQ course payment options

Fast Track Drone Course

Fast-Track Drone Course £1415 ex. VAT
Pay upfront and complete the Unmanned Aircraft Qualification in just 3 days.


Pay As You Go

Pay As You Go – start your journey at £250 ex. VAT
Spread the cost and the learning.


Already a CAA qualified pilot?

Abbreviated Drone Course

Manned Pilot Conversion Course £940 ex. VAT
Do you have a PPL or above? Our manned pilot conversion course is available to manned pilots looking to fly drones commercially.


Other options with UAVAir

Drone Flight Training

Drone Flight Training from £500 pp ex. VAT*
Learn the basics of the drone industry and learn to fly with our drone flight training course. We will teach you everything you need to know to attend the UAQ course and get you in the sky.
*minimum of 2 people


Ground School course

Ground School £1200 ex. VAT
Do you have a drone yet? If not, our Ground School is the perfect place to start. The course runs over two days and is the beginning of the PfCO process. Once completed and ready to fly, you can book your Flight Assessment.


UAV Air Flight Assessment

Flight Assessment £215 ex. VAT
Our UAQ Flight Assessment is available to individuals who have already passed the theoretical assessment with UAVAir. This is also available to current operators looking to get qualified in a different class of drone for their business.


*Before completing the Flight Assessment, you must ensure that you have logged a minimum of 2 hours flight time on the type of drone you are being assessed on, within the previous 3 months. You must also take out applicable drone insurance.

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