A2 Certificate of Competence
This certificate is a great way to prove your knowledge with a CAA recognised qualification
What does it allow you to do?
The A2CofC allows you to fly legally in more places
The minimum level of qualification that anyone who flies a drone (other than a toy) in the UK is to pass the online test on the CAA website.
Once you have passed this and have a Flyer ID (and Operator ID if your drone weighs more than 250g OR is fitted with a camera) you may fly your drone only in what the CAA class as the A3 subcategory of the 'Open' category, ie not within 150m horizontally of built-up areas including commercial and industrial as well as residential areas.
This is fine if you only want to fly in the countryside, but even there, you are not allowed to fly within 50m horizontally of uninvolved persons.
Once you have been trained for the A2 CofC and have passed the theoretical examination you are able to do the following:
Fly your drone weighing up to 2Kg (ie Mavic Air 2, Mavic Pro or Mavic 2 models) in a built up area (no closer than 50m to uninvolved people)
Fly your drone weighing up to 500g (ie Mavic Air or Spark) close to people, but not intentionally over them.
More options will become available when the new 'C' marked drones start to hit the market with extra safety features built in.
It also gives you a recognised qualification that may be asked for if you wish to fly in some areas with a sub 250g drone, for example when asking for permission to fly in a restricted area it shows that you have taken extra training and are more likely to be authorised.
The course consists of an online presentation that you can work through at your own pace and an online zoom call for the examination
This is the process:
Fill in the online form to express your interest
We will send you a declaration for you to complete which tells us that you have a Flyer ID, Operator ID (if required), are physically fit to fly a drone and that you have completed self-led training in controlling your craft.
You return the declaration, proof of ID and payment to us.
We send you a PDF copy of the student workbook and the training slides. We will also provide you with details for contacting an instructor who will be available to answer questions for you during business hours.
Once you are ready to take the exam, contact your instructor and they will arrange a time for your examination. This is conducted via a zoom call and you will need to have a PC with a webcam (not a tablet) in order to sit this
At the appointed time, your examiner will contact you via zoom, make some checks to ensure the exam is fair and will send you the examination as an online form, The webcam and microphone must be on for the duration of the test. The test comprises of 30 multi-choice answers and the pass mark is 75%, you will have 75 minutes to complete this.
Shortly after your exam is over, your examiner will be in touch with you to give you the result.
On successfully passing your exam, we will send you an A4 certificate and an ID card style copy for your wallet. We send your details to the CAA so that anyone who checks your qualification can have it confirmed by them.
How much does it cost?
Take advantage of our introductory offer
For the months of September and October we will be offering the A2 Certificate of Competence training and exam for £59 inc VAT.
Please contact us directly on firstname.lastname@example.org if you are part of a group and wish to discuss group training pricing.
How do I book my course?
Online courses can be started at any time, classroom courses run once a month.
Please contact us if you want to speak to a human to help you choose which course is best for you, or if either would actually be of benefit!
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