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.

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.

Course Options

HALO A2 CofC Course (Intermediate)

£66 inc 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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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.


The most comprehensive A2 CofC Course available

A2 Certificate of competence course

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.

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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.

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CAA approved

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.

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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
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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.

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HALO A2 Drone Course

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

Course Details

  • Course Objectives

    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).

  • Course Content

    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.

  • Duration

    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.

  • Course Prerequisites

    No prior knowledge or experience is required prior to booking this course, although if you do have experience it will be beneficial.

    The minimum age for a remote pilot in the A2 Category of operations is 13 years.

    You are required to have an Operator ID and Flyer ID and you will need to submit evidence of 2 hours of flying in the past 3 months prior to booking your theory assessment.

    Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and microphone in order to participate in the remote theory assessment. Mobile phones and tablets are NOT acceptable.

  • Terms and Conditions

    50% of the course fee is non refundable once you have received the course materials

    Any refund will be issued as credit on account

    You have 6 months to complete the course after enrolment

    You have a maximum of two attempts to pass the theory assessment

    Any late/no show or time wasting during the theory assessment will incur a rescheduling fee

    Cancellations or postponements to the theory assessment booking will incur a rescheduling fee if made within 24 hours of the start time

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A2 CofC Mock Exam

Complete a collection of mock questions in line with those that would get asked in a real A2 CofC test.


  • Do I need to pay any fees to the CAA?

    No, there are no additional fees to be paid to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

  • What if I fail my A2 CofC assessment?

    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 two attempts before having to attend another course (with another training school), and your resit fee is included in the course price. 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.

  • How long does my A2 CofC last for?

    Your A2 CofC qualification will last for 5 years, after which time you will have the option to renew it.

  • When can I start my A2 CofC course?

    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.

  • How long do I have to complete my course?

    You have up to 6 months from the date of enrolment to submit your course pre requisites and complete your theory assessment. You will be required to pay the course fee again if you take longer than this, because we will need to share access to updated course materials as the regulations will have changed in that amount of time.

  • What's the A2 CofC examination criteria?

    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.

  • Can I upgrade the A2 CofC to a GVC in the future?

    Yes, it is possible to continue your learning development towards a GVC at any stage. We offer existing clients 10% discount off the cost of the GVC course when upgrading. Click here to learn more about the GVC course. 

  • What's not included?

    This course does not include any video tutorials currently.

    Printed versions of the course material. These can be ordered separately at an additional cost.

  • Can you supply drones for training too?

    Yes, we supply a range of DJI Drones, including the DJI Mini 2, DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise and the DJI Mavic 3.

  • How long does it take to complete the course?

    Gross time to complete:

    We recommend a minimum of 8 hours for reading the handbook, 2 hours for practicing with the mock papers, 2 hours of flying as required to comply with the course pre requisites and 45 minutes on average to complete the paper.

    Average time to complete:

    Most people take a couple of weeks to read the book in their spare time and conduct the necessary flying practice. Then it’s about a week to wait for your assessment which takes people 45 minutes on average to complete. Your certificate will be issued within 24 hours.


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