So you want to start using drones and think you need a "licence"?

Congratulations! You’re taking your first steps to becoming a certified drone pilot. You’re about to join one of the most exciting and fastest growing industries in the UK. 

Despite your excitement, we know that at the start of your journey it can be daunting trying to understand the rules and regulations, or even which certificate you need to fly your drone.

That’s why we’ve worked hard to simplify the often-confusing regulations and deliver a choice of three drone training courses which will help you fly your drone for any purpose in the UK, whether that be for pleasure or professional purposes. 

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HALO Drone Training Courses

We offer four courses to cater for all competencies and desired outcomes:



Practical Flight Training

Starting from £360 inc VAT
  • Practical flight training to accelerate your competency
  • 1 to 1 with a HALO instructor
  • On Demand
  • Includes HALO training drones
  • Includes unlimited batteries
  • Focuses on setting solid foundations
  • Provides techniques to speed coordination
  • Includes assessment manoeuvres
  • Includes mock flight assessment
  • Half-day or full-day


A2 CofC - Certificate of Competency

£50 inc VAT
  • Grants the successful candidate with an A2 Certificate of Competence
  • Enables operations in the new EU A2 Category of Operations
  • Includes Digital Handbook
  • Requires 5 hours of reading
  • Online theory test only
  • 40 Questions, 1 hour
  • On Demand
  • No Flight Assessment
  • Certificate grants instant access to operate
  • Fly for commercial & recreational purposes


GVC - General Visual Line Of Sight Certificate

Starting from £252 inc VAT
  • Grants the successful candidate with a General Visual Line of Sight Certificate
  • Enables operations in the new EU Specific Category of Operations
  • Remote and Self-Directed learning options
  • Online theory test option
  • Practical flight assessment
  • Operations Manual Template & support
  • 2.5 days of learning
  • Comprehensive set of training materials
  • Only certificate to include Instructor Directed Learning Options


PfCO to GVC Conversion Course

£90 inc VAT
  • Grants the successful candidate with a General Visual Line of Sight Certificate
  • Enables operations in the new EU Specific Category of Operations
  • Self Directed Online Learning
  • On Demand
  • Theory Test Only
  • Requires current experience
  • Enables application for an Operational Authorisation

Ops Manual

CAA UAV Operations Manual Course

Starting from £180 inc VAT
  • For those who need guidance in preparing their Operations Manual in order to apply for an Operational Authorisation.
  • Full Operations Manual guidance
  • Online video tutorials
  • Unique CAA Operations Manual template
  • Enables successful first submission of Ops Manual
  • Guaranteed to meet the new CAA requirements
  • Ops Manual reviews prior to submission

New Drone Regulations 2020

As of the 31st December 2020, new regulations come into effect in the UK, known as the EU UAS Regulation Package, that governs the operation of drones across participating states in Europe (including the UK for now). It’s an excellent move for the industry that brings with it a development pathway for building competency, which hasn’t previously existed. This means that as the complexity (risk) of your drone operation increases, the required competencies must also increase.

As a new drone pilot to the sector, it is a case of evaluating how you’ll be using your drone before choosing one of two certifications; The A2 Certificate of Competence or the GVC General Visual Line of Sight Certificate.


HALO Beginner Course – Practical Drone Flight Training

Become a competent drone pilot with HALO Drones

As the first step in your drone training journey, we recommend enrolling on to our Practical Drone Flight Training Course. The starting point for most pilots, this 1:1 training gives you the basic hand to eye coordination skills, good habits and manoeuvres to give structure to your own drone flying practice.  

Throughout the training course you can expect to learn a series of flying techniques that will help you rapidly develop as a drone pilot, rather than plateau with limited skills and bad habits. We will also take you through a mock test to help you prepare for a fight assessment if you’re attending the Advanced GVC Course.

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HALO Intermediate Course – A2 Certificate of Competence

Gain your A2 Certificate of Competence with HALO Drones

The HALO A2 Certificate of Competence course (A2 CofC) 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.

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HALO Advanced Course – GVC Drone Training

Gain your General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) with HALO Drones

The HALO Advanced GVC Drone Training Course is our flagship course, confirming that successful candidates have the required competency to operate within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) in the Specific category, as governed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Culminating in a theoretical examination and a practical flight test, it is a comprehensive “all inclusive” package that will give you the necessary knowledge and tools to safely fly drones in a professional setting.

The GVC qualification can be built upon in the future by “add on modules”, increasing your competency and allowing more freedom (reduced proximities to uninvolved persons, flying beyond visual line of sight) for your drone business.

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HALO Conversion Course – PFCO to GVC

Convert your PFCO Recommendation to a GVC with HALO Drones

The HALO GVC Conversion Course has been specifically designed for drone pilots who have an existing Certificate of Recommendation for a PfCO, and want to convert it to a General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) under the new EU regulations.

Pilots who successfully convert their PfCO Recommendation to a GVC via this course will be able to apply for an Operational Authorisation (OA). The OA replaces the Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) as part of the new EU regulations that come into effect on December 31st, 2020.


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HALO Operations Manual Course

Receive expert guidance in preparing your Operations Manual with HALO Drones

The HALO Operations Manual Course has been specifically designed for those who need guidance in preparing their Operations Manual in order to apply for an Operational Authorisation from the CAA.

Save time and get your CAA UAV Operations Manual up to standard fast with our Operations Manual Guidance which includes our unique template and online video tutorials. – Everything you need to give yourself peace of mind and ensure a flawless first submission of your Operations Manual.

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What about PfCO drone training?

The PfCO drone training course is no longer required if you are wanting to operate a drone for commercial purposes. This was the previous authorisation required by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for commercial drone operations, before new European UAS regulations came into effect on December 31st 2020.

The PfCO has now been replaced by the “Operational Authorisation” which can be obtained by completing the HALO Advanced GVC Drone Training Course.


Why choose HALO for your drone training?

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No more death by PowerPoint

HALO Drones is the ONLY CAA approved drone training school to use Practical and Scenario based training methods as the foundations of our face to face and remote courses. These keep you engaged and put content into context, making it relevant, understandable and memorable.

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100% Extra Value

Rather than giving you content to remember, our training methods help you develop skills that will allow you to apply your knowledge on the job so that you can present yourself with confidence and competence in front of your clients, helping you win work and separate yourself from your competitors.

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Drone-specific expert instructors

Our instructors are all current commercial drone pilots. Combined, they have thousands of logged hours of operational experience for your learning benefit. They have also successfully taught over 1,000 commercial drone operators within the UK.

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Maximum class sizes

We do not operate as a meat factory and minimise the number of attendees to no more than 10. This ensures substantial contact time between you and your and instructor, to ensure you have the attention you need and a chance to ask important questions.

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