The ICARUS Standard Course is our base drone drone training course that leads through to you attaining your PfCO from the CAA. You will sit a 2 day theory course in a classroom at one of our training centres which will culminate in a written exam.

You will also get access to our invaluable ICARUS Resource Library, giving you a wealth of E-Learning and downloadable resources.

On successfully completing the theory course you will then have to complete a practical flying assessment with your drone.

The final part of the course is the completion of an Operations Manual. When you have completed all 3 elements of the course you will be awarded an NQE Recommendation Certificate that you can use to apply for your PfCO from the CAA.


+ 2 Day Instructor led training

  • A Certified Instructor will guide you through the theoretical learning to gaining your Permission for Commercial Operations from the CAA.
  • Our instructors have years of practical experience in the drone industry that you can draw from.
  • You will sit a 50 question multiple choice examination at the end of the second day.
    • You will get 1 hour to complete the examination

+ ICARUS Resource Library

  • Instantly get access to hours of online learing and downloadable resources.
  • The one-stop-shop for templates and guides to aide you on your course.

+ Refreshments and Lunch

  • Lunch is provided on both days of the course
    • Please notify the ICARUS team about any dietar requirements
  • Complimentary Tea, Coffee & Water provided throughout the course

+ Aide-memoire

  • A printed booklet will be provided to you when you attend the course. This is yours to take away
  • You can also download a digital version of the Aide-memoire from the ICARUS Resource Library

+ Certificate upon passing Theory Course

  • You will be issued your Theory Certification after passing the Theory Course.
  • This is your first of 3 certificates you will receive

+ Operational Evaluation (Flight Test)

  • When you have completed the Theory Course you can then book your Flight Test.
  • The flight test is booked for a mutually convenient date (Monday-Friday only - subject to availibility)
  • The flight test takes up-to 2 hours to complete

+ Free flight assessment insurance

  • Flight Test Insurance provided by Coverdrone

+ Operations Manual Template, Guidance and Review

  • You can find the Operations Manual Template in the ICARUS Resource Library.
  • You will be taught what goes into the Operations Manual during the course.
  • Once you have completed the Operations Manual you can submit it for review.

+ Support 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

  • You will have phone and email support Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
  • We will endevour to reply to urgent emails out of office hours

Day 1

9am - 5pm

  • Intro & Air Law
  • Principles of Flight (PoF)
  • Meteorology
  • Airspace and Operating Principles
  • Operations Manual & Risk Assessment
  • Li-Po Batteries

Day 2

9am - 5pm

  • Human Factors
  • Operator Responsibilities & Airmanship
  • Navigation
  • Flight Planning
  • UKLFS & Collision Effects
  • Revision
  • Exam

Flight Test

Booked for a mutually convenient date

  • Takes up to 2 hours
  • On-Site Survey & Risk Assessment
  • Brief the instructor
  • Practical Assesment
  • Result & De-Brief

Write your Operations Manual

Completed in your own time

  • Template provided
  • Submit to ICARUS for review