CUAVA NQE Certificate:
the complete UAV pilot training course

The CUAVA NQE UAV course covers everything you need to know in order to operate a UAV for commercial purposes under UK Aviation Law.

CAA logoUpon successful completion, you receive a CAA Recommendation Certificate – the qualification you need to apply for a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the Civil Aviation Authority.

This is mandatory for anyone who wishes to operate a drone for commercial purposes: whether you’re a hobbyist wanting to turn pro, a photographer, a surveyor, filmmaker or a member of the security services.


Alan Perrin leading the CAP-C UAV course

What does the course include?

The course comprises a two-day intensive ground school with theory exam, followed by a practical assessment.

Ground school

Classroom sessions are completed over two days, ending with a multiple choice examination.

Sessions cover:

  • Air law and responsibilities
  • UAV airspace operating principles
  • Airmanship and aviation safety
  • Human factors
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation and aviation charts
  • Aircraft knowledge
  • Operating procedures
  • Operations manual

You will write your own operations manual, and submit it for review, before taking the practical assessment.

Practical assessment

Once the operations manual has been approved the practical assessment then takes place at one of our private airfields in Cambridgeshire or Surrey, and will be based upon your submitted operations manual.

From the moment you arrive, to the moment you leave, you will be required to conduct your assessment as though performing a commercial operation for a customer.

You must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to operate to the procedures laid down in your Operations Manual
  • An understanding of local aviation restrictions
  • Safe handling of the aircraft
  • Assessment of risk
  • Management of recording media
  • Post-flight checks
  • Effective record keeping
  • Crew management
  • Emergency procedures

Fast-track Operations Manual service:

We will provide an Operations Manual template specific to your organisation, all to current CAA standards.

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Why choose Commercial UAV Academy?

Our instructors are industry experts, with years of teaching experience. They’ve worked on Hollywood productions; on road surveys for Highway Agency projects; flown drones for security and surveillance firms; and work frequently with the Police and emergency services.

So you’ll receive world-class training from instructors, who are able to pass on key industry knowledge.

Alan Perrin, CUAVA Instructor, with a drone