Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ) Level 3-4

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  • 30-11-1999
Price (exc vat): £1416.67
PrintDURATION: 4 days
TIME: 08:30 to 18:00 GMT

Total cost: £1700. This Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ). Drone remote pilot and unmanned operator courses enable you to start a new exciting career with many opportunities. Regular courses at Southampton, Hampshire. This course is not yet ELCAS approved. Please contact us if you'd like to be kept informed.

About Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ) Level 3-4

Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ)

The UAQ is a comprehensive training programme enabling candidates to study an industry-leading drone pilot syllabus for the operation of unmanned aircraft (drones), demonstrate the required practical flying skills for safe operations and go on to develop an Operations Manual – all the steps required to make a submission to the CAA for a Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) as a Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) Operator.  The syllabus, assessments and CAA recommendation are delivered in association with Consortiq – a leading CAA-approved National Qualified Entity (NQE) and developers of the industry’s first Ofqual-recognised drone training courses leading to a Level 3 Certificate or a Level 4 Diploma.

Target audience

[Level 3]

You wish to begin a new career as a remote pilot in the exciting world of unmanned aviation and learn to fly drones safely in all environments and airspace. This course includes all the theory and flight assessments required to qualify as a remote pilot enabling you to fly on an existing Ops Manual as well a Level 3 Certificate from ProQual in the Remote Piloting of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Commercial Operation.

Note:  If you wish to submit an application for your own Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) to the CAA you can opt for the 4-day Level 4 course.

[Level 4]

You’ve got the level 3 qualification as a drone operator, but want to improve your career options by preparing for level 4.
This course includes all the stages required to submit your own request to the CAA for a Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) as well as a Level 4 Diploma from ProQual in the Remote Piloting of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Commercial Operation.

The Exams

There are 2 exams on day 2 – a theory exam and a flight planning exam.  You will need to pass both exams before progressing to the practical Flight Assessment on day 3.

Lessons our designed to cover all the material you will need for the exams. You are advised to complete approximately 20 hours of pre-reading before starting the course to familiarise yourself with the language of aviation and become familiar with the referenced regulatory and legal documentation.  This is particularly important if you have little or no previous aviation experience.

Once you have confirmed a place on the course you will be sent a Course Study Manual and emailed an enrolment key for the online Learning Management System.  Both resources contain all the course material as well as example questions to prepare you for the theory exam.

Which course is right for me?

[Level 3]

Our Level 3 course is intended for people who wish to act as a remote pilot by being added to an existing Operations Manual.  Maybe you wish to apply for jobs with a company or organisation already flying drones or perhaps you’re looking to upskill within your organisation by joining its existing drone team.  You will receive certificates for your theory exam and flight assessment but this course does not include access to the Ops Manual templates, Ops Manual review process or a Full Category NQE Recommendation for the issuance of a PfCO.  If you need this, please see our 4-day Level 4 course.

[Level 4]

Our Level 4 course is intended for people who wish to start their own drone business or operation or who will be responsible for starting the drone capability within an existing company or organisation.  The development of an Operations Manual is an essential component of this and is required if you are applying to the CAA for a Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO). On successful completion of each module, the course will include a Full Category NQE Recommendation from Consortiq enabling you to apply for your PfCO.

A typical UAQ course

Day 1 – Classroom-based learning

Day 2 – Classroom-based learning + theory exam + flight planning exam

Day 3 – Flight Assessment at a local flying venue (level 3)

Day 4 – Operations Manual development (leading to level 4)

Our UAQ course will require some study prior to arrival dependent on your previous aviation experience.  Someone with little or no experience is recommended to spend a minimum of 20 hours studying before they arrive.  The course will be made up of people with a varied mix of experience and the informal nature of the course encourages discussion and questioning.

The classroom element of the course includes a significant amount of important content.  Days 1 and 2 start promptly at 0830 and generally finish no earlier than 1800, with a 45 min break for lunch and 15 min breaks in the morning and afternoon.

The Flight Assessment takes place on day 3 at an agreed local flying venue.  You will be given the address in advance and the start time of your 90-min slot. Flight Assessments are subject to weather, and a decision will be made at the end of day 2.  In the event of a cancelled Flight Assessment, an alternative date will be offered.

Day 4. Start the development of your Operations Manual. Your Operations Manual is a very important document; it details how you will fly safely, and how you will conduct risk assessments.  On completion of the course, you will need to spend time (typically several weeks) completing your Operations Manual. When your Operations Manual is complete it will be submitted to Consortiq for review. On a successful review by Consortiq they will issue a full Category NQE recommendation to accompany your Operations Manual to the CAA.

Course includes

  • Course manual
  • Online access to Learning Management System
  • Lunch and refreshments* – let us know if you have any specific dietary needs
  • Instructor-led classroom sessions by experienced professionals
  • Theory and Flight Planning exams
  • 90-min Flight Assessment to assess practical flying competence
  • Operations Manual development session and access to templates
  • Operations Manual review service
  • Certificates and Full Category NQE Recommendation**

Note: CAA fees for a PfCO are not included in the course fee.

*    No lunch or refreshments will be provided on the Flight Assessment day

**    Full Category NQE Recommendation from Consortiq will be issued following the final review of your completed Operations Manual.

What do I need to bring to the course?


You will need to bring a drone for your flight assessment.  This drone should be of the same category and type you wish to include in your Operations Manual.  Your 90-minute Flight Assessment will include approximately 10-15 minutes of flying time but this can vary for a number of reasons.  You should arrive with a fully charged battery and recommend a fully charged spare.

If your drone requires a phone or tablet as part of the flying controller, please ensure this has the latest manufacturer’s control app and holds a suitable charge.

Laptop computer

A laptop computer will be useful on day 1 and essential on day 2 for the flight planning exercises and exam.  In our experience, tablet computers (e.g. an iPad) can work but some websites and resources may not be optimally formatted.  We therefore recommend a laptop computer whenever possible. WiFi connectivity will be provided.


Under CAA rules (which stem from EC Regulation No 785/2004) you are required to hold suitable insurance when conducting your Flight Assessment.  There are policies that will cover you just for your Flight Assessment as well as regular annual policies that will cover you for ongoing flying.  You must provide evidence of your insurance to the examiner prior to the start of your Flight Assessment.

Flight Logs

CAA rules also mean you must have flown a minimum of 2 hours within the previous 3 months.  Candidates are able to self certify this to the examiner who will need to see your logs before the Flight Assessment.  This might be through your drone’s control app (the DJI Go app), a 3rd-party app or manual logs on a spreadsheet or log book.

In Summary

3 days – Level 3 CAA Remote Pilot Course

4 days – leading to a Level 4 CAA Small Unmanned Operator PfCO Course


This course is conducted with Consortiq approved/certified trainers

Aim & Objectives

Course Aims

  • To demonstrate the required practical flying competence for the safe operation of a small unmanned aircraft (drone) in any airspace. (Remote Pilot level 3)
  • To begin development of a compliant Operations Manual to satisfy the requirements of the CAA.
  • To undertake all elements required to make a submission to the CAA for a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO). (CAA Small Unmanned Operator PfCO – level 4)

Course Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the required level of theory and flight planning knowledge to fully plan and execute a commercial drone flight in any airspace.
  • Understand the requirements of the law and regulations about the use of drones within the UK.
  • Complete a suitable assessment of both the ground and aviation risks having identified and researched the hazards associated with a flight in a specified location.
  • Act as a remote pilot on an organisation’s existing Permission and Operations Manual.
  • Complete an Operations Manual which together with a Full Category NQE Recommendation from Consortiq will allow you to make a submission to the CAA for a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO).

Course Content

Regulations, limitations and Certification

Airspace, charts and navigation

Weather and meteorology

Principles of flight and performance

Systems and maintenance

Human factors and decision making

Risk management and flight planning

Flight operations

Flight planning, hazard analysis and risk mitigation

Practical skill check and flight assessment

Operations Manual development including templates (Level 4 only)

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