So you want to want to start using drones and know you need a "licence"? (A2 CofC)
The HALO A2 Certificate of Competence course (A2 CofC Course) has been designed to give drone pilots the ability to operate their drone in the Open Category (A2 subcategory), as governed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The A2 CofC is our intermediate course, perfect if you are a hobbyist or starting your professional drone operations with a drone which has a maximum take-off mass less than 4kg.
This is a completely online course, therefore allowing you to achieve your certificate of competency at your own pace, with no time limits.
We strive to offer the most comprehensive drone training courses in the UK. This means that the learning material that you will be provided as part of this course will not only prepare you for the theoretical examination, but also give a superior understanding of what is required for a (less complex) drone operation.
What is an A2 CofC Course?
The A2 Certificate of Competency (A2CofC Course) is the new qualification that came into effect as part of the European UAS regulations in November 2020. By holding this qualification, you will be able to show that you have the technical and operational knowledge to safely operate your drone in the A2 subcategory of the open category.
As a result, you will be able to fly your drone to a minimum safe horizontal distance of 30m from uninvolved people, or up to 5m in ‘low speed mode’ with a C2 marked drone.
HALO A2 CofC Course (Intermediate)£82.50 + VAT - Lockdown Offer! (Was 150 + VAT)
- Everything you'll need to achieve your A2 CofC qualification:
- Online learning material
- Online theory exam
- 30 Questions in 1 hour
- 75% pass mark
- Support from HALO instructors
- Free theory test resit
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The most comprehensive A2 CofC Course available
Designed by expert drone instructors
The HALO A2 CofC course has been designed by some of the most skilled commercial drone pilots in the UK, so you can rest assured you’re learning from the best. Our Co-Founder, Philip Tarry, also co-founded ARPAS-UK, the UK Drone Association and professional body that supports and acts on behalf of the drone community.
Self-directed online learning
Our A2 Certificate of Competency course is completely online, meaning that you can learn at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home. There are no time limits, so you can start and finish the course whenever you like.
We’re one of only a handful of CAA approved Registered Assessment Entities in the UK. The HALO A2 CofC course has passed the rigorous approval criteria set by the Civil Aviation Authority.
Dedicated aftercare support
The HALO team are here to offer you support via email or telephone throughout your training. You can count on HALO to help you at every step of the way in your journey to becoming a professional drone pilot.
Don't just take our word for it...
"One of the best courses I have ever been part of. Very well designed course, on which I learned as much as possible in two days. Great material, very inspiring and engaging instructor, who not only answered all of our questions with great proficiency and support, but really helped us learn in an effective team. This course will really give you a solid foundation in all aspects of commercial drone operations, that will help you get a huge leap in the market. Worth every penny. Great job!"Oliver Wagner Skyports
HALO A2 CofC Course Brochure
Find out more about our A2 CofC course and how it can help you in your journey to becoming a professional drone pilot.
What can I expect from the A2 CofC Drone Course?
You can expect to receive the highest level of training material available for the A2 CofC in the form of our course handbook, which will be sent to you as soon as you book on the course. You can learn from this completely at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home. Following your learning, you will be expected to complete an online theory assessment which you can book with us at a time of your convenience and conduct it from the comfort of your own home. On successful completion of your assessment, you’ll be granted your certificate after which you’ll be immediately able to fly in accordance with a prescribed set of rules.
What’s included in the A2 CofC course?
- All reference materials necessary to ensure you are fully prepared for your theoretical exam
- Theory examination (online)
- One free theory test resit
- Support from the HALO instructors
- Access to our exclusive Facebook group for HALO alumni
To provide sufficient knowledge to pass your A2 CofC theory assessment. To provide a framework for operating your drone safely within the Open Category (A2 subcategory), as governed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
The following areas of knowledge will be covered: air law, human factors, meteorology, aircraft knowledge and workflows. By the end of this course you will have gained the knowledge required in order to successfully pass your A2 CofC qualification.
There is no specific duration in which you need to complete the course. It is 100% self-directed learning, so you can complete the course in a time that suits you.
No, there are no additional fees to be paid to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
If you fail your assessment, you will be allowed to re-sit subject to the following criteria:
A mark within 25% of the pass mark – A resit is permitted after a minimum of 1 week.
A mark outside 25% of the pass mark – A resit is permitted after a minimum of 2 weeks.
You can complete a maximum of three attempts of the assessment, before having to attend another course. Your first resit is included in the course price but there after there is a charge of £75 inc VAT for every additional test you require. Before you worry about the cost implications of failing, we would like to reassure you that our course structure and training methodology has been designed to reduce the likelihood of this happening. We don’t want you to fail, and the charge is merely to cover our expenses.
Your A2 CofC qualification will last for 5 years, after which time you will have the option to renew it.
You will be able to begin the course as soon as you receive the learning material. This is sent via email shortly after you book on to the course. We can also arrange for physical copies of the reading material to be posted to you at an extra cost.
The exam comprises of 30 multiple-choice questions, covering various topics including UAS category regulations, meteorology and general drone flight performance.
You can achieve a maximum of 40 points in the examination. You are required to score 30 (75%) in order to achieve a pass.
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One of the best courses I have ever been part of. Very well designed course, on which I learned as much as possible in two days. Great material, very inspiring and engaging instructor, who not only answered all of our questions with great proficiency and support, but really helped us learn in an effective team. This course will really give you a solid foundation in all aspects of commercial drone operations, that will help you get a huge leap in the market. Worth every penny. Great job!
Oliver Wagner, Skyports
You get what you pay for. Halo Drones isn’t the cheapest but there’s a reason for that. The course is well put together and the materials feel and look excellent. A LOT of time and thought has clearly gone into how it is delivered and how it looks and it certainly isn’t death by powerpoint which from my research other providers focused too much on. Post course, you will spend a lot of time working on developing your Operations Manual which can be a pain. Halo Drones helps you here a lot as well which in my opinion pays itself over many times if you value your time! Highly recommended!
I was always put off by the idea of having to complete the operations manual as it looked like an awful lot of work. To my surprise the way that HALO had assembled the documents and the instructions, not only made it straight forward but it was an enjoyable process. It enabled me to reassess my understanding of the regulations and think about how I’d like to conduct my drone services so that to fit within my businesses pre-existing policies. Great work HALO!
Chris McGaughey, Like an Egg Productions Ltd
I attended the HALO Drones FCCDO Course in April 2019. It is clear that a lot of effort has gone into designing the course as the provided material and teaching standards are of exceptional quality. Thoroughly recommended, Phil is an excellent instructor and the course as a whole stands out as a brilliant PfCO training course.
Matt Hudson, Liverpool University
The course with HALO Drones was great. Really well structured course involving tasks and working through examples as a team to help understand the application of what we were learning. Questions were answered very well and there was a lot of support through both days. Inspiring and I feel like I have learned everything needed to operate drones commercially. Highly recommended. Thank you!
Alice Baker, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
Had a great experience flying under the supervision of Philip Tarry. Went there with someone else from our company in preparation for our pilot certification and even with other people there was no down time. We covered both theory and practice, necessary and good-to-know manoeuvres as well as extra time to focus on what we felt we were lacking in. All together, I felt like I left the session with more than enough expertise to pass the test successfully.
Jeremie Leonard, Bio Carbon Engineering
The course provided by HALO Drones was excellent. A very informative and enjoyable few days. The course was well structured, providing important information needed to become a qualified and proficient drone pilot. HALO’s experience flying drones meant they were able to clearly add context to everything we were learning. Would highly recommend.
Robert Godwin, Like and Egg Productions