ICARUS Standard Drone Training Course

Get your PfCO from the CAA


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. 

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What does this drone training course include?

  • Refreshments and Lunch included at venue.

  • Aide-memoire.

  • Award of certificate upon passing theory course.

  • Operations manual template, guidance and ops manual review.

  • Closed book theory exam.

  • Operational Evaluation (Flight Test) - booked on separate day.

  • Free flight assessment insurance

  • Support 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

    *Flight Test Insurance provided by Flock Cover - T&Cs apply

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What is the timetable?

Below is an outline of the ICARUS Theory Course syllabus; it shows the lessons you will undertake in order to learn the required information to be a competent and safe commercial operator. The theory course culminates with a multiple choice examination of 50 questions. The pass mark for the exam is 80% – but do not be phased by this! We will ensure that you have the required knowledge to pass the exam by the time you come to sit it.


Day 1

9am - 5pm

  • Intro & Air Law

  • Principles of Flight (PoF)

  • Metereology

  • Airspace and Operating Principles

  • Operations Manual & Risk Assessment

Day 2

9am - 5pm

  • Human Factors

  • Operator Responsibilities & Airmanship

  • Navigation

  • Flight Planning

  • Li-Po Batteries & UKLFS

  • Revision/Exam


(included in course price - to be booked at a later date determined by pilot proficiency)

2 Hour AM/PM

  • On-Site Survey & Risk Assessment

  • Brief the instructor

  • Practical Assessment

  • Result & De-Brief


What is not included with the course?