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The A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) is the UK’s leading recreational drone course, essential for new pilots.

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Get the new A2 CofC for only £99!

The A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) is the UK’s leading CAA drone qualification, designed for new pilots looking to fly their drone in recreational areas after 1 January 2021.

  • Exclusive iRed® member discounts

  • Free thermal imaging course (worth £100)

  • CAA approved training course (RAE 7391)

  • Learn online at your own pace

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Why thousands of students start their drone career with iRed

24/7 Access

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Free Course

This course includes the Introduction to Thermal Imaging E-Learning course, absolutely free

Free Digital Manual

Want to refresh your knowledge? All of our courses include a free digital training manual (worth £49)

£200 Training Voucher

Start your drone career with a £200 training voucher for a category 1 qualification

Unlimited Re-Sits

Unlike our competitors, we offer 100% free and unlimited re-sits for your final exam

Save £100 on GVC

Get your A2 CofC money back when booking onto the GVC course at a later date


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Why do I need an A2 CofC?

To put it simply, without an A2 CofC new pilots will not be able to fly their drone in most places within the UK. This qualification enables new pilots to legally fly their drone closer to people and buildings – both recreationally and commercially.

Which drone qualification do I need?

From the 1st January 2021, new drone regulations based on European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) rules will come into effect. These new rules will put drone flying into 3 separate categories, which will require specific qualifications to fly in.

A2 CofC

Ideal for small, recreational aircraft

  • Fly drones between 250-500g

  • Fly within 5m of people

  • Fly within 5m of buildings

  • Fly in recreational areas

  • Fly in congested areas


Suited for professional drone pilots

  • Fly drones between 2-25kg

  • Fly within 50m of people

  • Fly within 50m of buildings

  • Fly in recreational areas

  • Fly in congested areas


Suitable for private-land flying only

  • Can’t fly drones over 250g

  • Can’t fly closer than 150m

  • Can’t fly in recreational areas

  • Can’t fly in congested areas

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“The A2 CofC course provided by iRed is the perfect step to take on the path to becoming a certified drone operator in the UK. Whilst thorough, the course is easy to pick up due to its manageable modules and well-structured sections.”

Bertie Eldridge

A2 CofC Frequently Asked Questions

To get the A2 Certificate of Competency, students will need to complete the e-learning A2 CofC course from iRed. Once completed, all that’s left is to complete some self-monitored practical flight training and submit a form to iRed for assessment. Your A2 Certificate of Competency will then be sent both digitally and physically within 2-3 days of course completion.

There are no requirements to complete an in-person test or operations manual for the A2 CofC.

The A2 Certificate of Competency lasts for five years, after which you’ll need to renew it.

Without the A2 Certificate of Competency, you will find yourself limited in terms of where you can fly your drone.

Unless you have an A2 CofC between the 1st January 2021 and 1st January 2023, all drones that weigh more than 500g (Mavic 2, Phantom 4, Inspire 2) will have to operate within the A3 Subcategory. This means that you will be unable to fly within 150m of people or buildings, and you will not be allowed to fly in residential, commercial, industrial or recreational areas.

Likewise, ‘legacy aircraft’ that weigh less than 500g (Mavic Mini/Spark/Air) will also have to operate within the A3 Subcategory.

Yes – to complete your A2 Certificate of Competency, students will need to undertake 2 hours* of self-monitored practical flight training either before or after the course. The practical flight training will involve simulating operating situations associated with the A2 Subcategory, under the conditions of the A3 Subcategory. Further guidance for the practical flight training will be provided upon course booking.

Once completed, students will need to fill out a Candidate Practical Flight Training & Declaration Form and submit this to iRed to get the A2 CofC qualification.

*This is recommended by iRed, however you should undertake as many flights as deemed necessary to gain a reasonable level of knowledge and skill when operating your drone.

No – iRed provides free drone insurance for your practical flight assessment through Flock®.

We also provide students with a 10% discount off their first year of drone insurance.

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