Consortiq is delighted to begin licensing its award-winning training material to IPSO FACTO - an established and well-respected ELCAS learning provider - enabling for the first time in the UK, commercial drone training for Forces personnel, service leavers and veterans using their Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC).
IPSO FACTO (ELCAS Provider ID No: 4030) has an excellent reputation for the delivery of business skills, IT and project management courses and will now add drone training as a ProQual Approved Centre with the Level 3 Certificate or Level 4 Diploma in the Remote Piloting of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Commercial Operations.
IPSO FACTO's unique 5-day course will include each of the critical elements required to establish your competence as a Remote Pilot as well as including an Operations Manual workshop providing candidates with the advice and guidance they need to prepare for their role as an SUA Operator and making their application to the CAA for a Permission for Commercial Operations.
ELC customers will also have opportunity to 'bundle' their drone training with a recognised project management qualification such as the APM PFQ, PMQ or even PRINCE2® allowing them to get the maximum value out of their ELC.

The course will be available first at IPSO FACTO - Lancaster Court, Fareham, Hampshire with plans to extend this to locations in Scotland, the north of England and the Home Counties.

Five Day UAQ Course:
Day 1 – Classroom-based learning.
Day 2 – Classroom-based learning + flight planning examination.
Day 3 – Theory Exam followed by Flight Assessment at a local flying venue.
Days 4 and 5 – Operations Manual development workshop.  Flight Assessment weather alternative days.

The Ground School will be held at IPSO FACTO - Lancaster Court, 8 Barnes Wallis Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 5TU and the and Flight Assessment at Solent Airport in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire. Tea & coffee, cold drinks, fresh pastries and a catered lunch will be provided on all days except Day 3.

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Mon 25th March 2019 - Fri 29th March 2019 £1700 inc vat

This course gives you everything you need to be a safe, diligent and confident drone operator by ensuring you understand the complexities of operating a small unmanned aircraft anywhere in the UK.  It will prepare you fully to make your application to the Civil Aviation Authority for a Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO). 

Fulfilment of all CAA processes, including reviews of Operations Manuals and issuing the Full Category Recommendation required to apply for a CAA PfCO, will be provided by Consortiq as a CAA approved National Qualified Entity (NQE).

The MOD's Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELC) promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. The scheme provides financial support in the form of a single up-front payment in each of a maximum of three separate financial years.

Upon booking you will:

Receive confirmation of your place on IPSO FACTO's course.

Gain access to a comprehensive online learning management management system.

Receive a hard copy of the Course Study Manual and Flight Assessment Handbook

Upon successful completion of the drone training course, you will:

Be able to satisfy the CAA's requirements for a competency as a Remote Pilot and as an SUA Operator.

Be recommended to the CAA to be issued a Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO).

Be awarded a ProQual Level 3 Certificate or Level 4 Diploma in the Remote Piloting of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for the Purposes of Commercial Operations.

Be able to utilise your drone as a tool within your own business or pursue a career as a remote pilot for an existing organisation.

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Ground School Address


Lancaster Court
8 Barnes Wallis Road
PO15 5TU

Flight Assessment Address

Solent Airport
PO13 9YA

Alternative dates for ELCAS Training:

Mon 22nd April 2019 - Fri 26th April 2019

Mon 20th May 2019 - Fri 24th May 2019

Mon 24th June 2019 - Fri 28th June 2019

Mon 22nd July 2019 - Fri 26th July 2019

Mon 26th August 2019 - Fri 30th August 2019

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I have found the whole experience and everyone at Consortiq very professional. The online learning portal was easy to use very informative. Very well thought out. I really enjoyed the ground school with Jamie and Seamus, both highly knowledgeable and very willing to share the experiences and advice. I had a lot of question and they both took the time ensure I understood the answers. I would like to thank both for everything. I will definitely recommend Consortiq. I cannot thank everyone enough

Jamie Buckham |

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