PrintDURATION: 5 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.
The UAQ is a comprehensive training programme enabling you 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.
Your classroom and flight training will be delivered by our industry leading drone instructors, assessors.
The classroom element of the course will be delivered at our training centre near Southampton. Flight assessments will be held at the Lee on Solent airfield a few miles to the south.
Recommendations for your level 4 diploma will be made to Consortiq (NQE) for submission to the CAA for approval. Consortiq is a leading CAA approved NQE that developed the first Ofqual recognised drone courses.
The level 3 phase [first 3 days]
You want to begin a new and exciting career that can take off using drone technology.
You’re interested in the many opportunities working as a remote pilot in the exciting world of unmanned aviation, and want to 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 as a Level 3 Certificate from ProQual in the Remote Piloting of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Commercial Operation.
To submit an application for your Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) to the CAA you must complete the remaining 2 days of the 5-day course.
You’ve got the level 3 qualification as a drone operator, but want to improve your career options by preparing for level 4.
This part of the course includes 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.
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.
Training is designed to prepare you 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’ve confirmed a place on the course you will be sent a course study manual and joining instructions. The course material includes example questions to prepare you for the theory exam.
The level 3 part of the course is intended for people who want 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 a ProQual certificate for your theory exam and flight assessment.
The remaining part of the course is intended for people who want to start their own drone business, operation or who will be responsible for starting the drone capability within an existing organisation. The development of an Operations Manual is an essential component, and is required when 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 enabling you to apply for your PfCO.
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)
Days 4 and 5 – 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.
Days 4 and 5 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.
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 recommendations will be issued following the final review of your completed Operations Manual.
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.
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.
CAA rules require you to 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.
First 3 days – Level 3 CAA Remote Pilot Course
Remaining 2 days – leading to a Level 4 CAA Small Unmanned Operator PfCO Course
This course is suitable to bundle with our project management courses to get the best out of your funding. Consider the following bundle options:
APM PFQ and PfCO Drone
PRINCE2 and PfCO Drone
APM PMQ and PfCO Drone
By the end of this course you will be able to:
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 planning, hazard analysis and risk mitigation
Practical skill check and flight assessment
Operations Manual development including templates (Level 4 only)
I completed the PMQ course through IPSO FACTO and they were a pleasure to work with from the moment I first made an enquiry. Every piece of course administration was made simple for me and the classroom facilities were just perfect. The course instructor was professional, knew the subject very well and focused our learning in a practical way to help put it into perspective. Overall, a very professional experience and I would recommend IPSO FACTO as a quality training company. Thank you. [Scott Sellars]
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I attended the project management qualification in December (having already attended the PRINCE2 course in November). Although a challenging subject, I found that the training was engaging because there was adequate time to not only listen but to also give examples and hear examples from other individuals from the class. This aids to help people’s understanding or misunderstanding in some cases and help breakdown the subject into easier chunks. It also helps that IPSO FACTO have in my opinion some of the most experienced instructors in the country, meaning that if you just don’t get something they bring their personal experience into the story to help your understanding. Simon M.
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The PFQ (APM IC) was for me a good introduction into understanding the ‘Project Management’ world better. It helped me to identify areas and processes that I am not yet familiar with but I now have more confidence in tackling. Passing this course has further confirmed that I do want to go on to study for the APMP qualification. Chelsea B.
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