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GVC Course (E-Learning)

The General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC) is a new drone qualification introduced on the 1st January 2021, and is designed for pilots looking to fly heavier drones for commercial inspections.

Having the GVC allows you to fly enterprise drones in the new Specific category – enabling you to operate with heavier payloads and equipment. GVC qualified pilots can fly enterprise drones as close as 50m from uninvolved people.

This CAA Approved certificate also opens up access to a wide range of new areas to fly – without it, pilots will not be able to operate within 150m of recreational, commercial, industrial or residential areas.

Learn online at your own pace today, with 24/7 access to your final exam.


  • 100% online self-study

  • 24/7 examination (including mock exams)

  • Includes free thermal imaging course

  • CAA Approved (RAE 7391)

  • Valid for 5 years



Free thermal imaging e-learning training is included with this course


Access your course anytime, with no waiting for your final exam


Unlike our competitors, we offer free and unlimited re-sits for your exams


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We’re proud to have a 100% pass rate for this course (2021)

Why do I need a GVC?

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. Course topics include:

  • Meteorology & Planning

  • UK Air Law & Responsibilities

  • Drone Flight Performance & Operations

  • Drone Operating Principles


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 250g-2kg

  • 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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We’re proud to deliver drone training for a variety of customers ranging from recreational pilots right through to global brands


“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

“I love photography and flying drones, so taking the A2 CofC was a course I wanted to invest in. Not only could I grow, but it also gave me more freedom and confidence when flying my drone.”

Paul Watson, A2 CofC

“Recently took my A2 CofC drone pilot licence with iRed. I thought the quality of the training course material was very good and could not fault it at all – highly recommended.”

Gordon Mackenzie, A2 CofC


24/7 Online Exams 

Using the latest in online assessment technology, we’re able to give our students 24/7 access to both their mock and final exams. This means no waiting around to complete your course, and getting you flying as soon as possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

To get your General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC), students will need to undertake a practical flight assessment after the course. This can be completed either with your own drone (the easiest option), or by borrowing or hiring a drone for the duration of your assessment.

Yes – to complete this course, students will need to have a laptop or tablet with access to the internet.

Yes – to complete your General Visual Line of Sight Certificate (GVC), students will need to undertake a practical flight assessment after the course. The practical flight training will involve simulating operating situations associated with the Open Category. Further guidance for the practical flight training will be provided upon course booking.

Yes, however 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.

Under the new regulations, there are now three categories in which drones can be flown. These are:

Includes operations that present a low (or no) risk to third parties

Operations that present a greater risk than the Open Category, or where one or more elements of the operation falls outside the boundaries of the Open Category (Operational Authorisation Required)

Operations that present an equivalent risk to that of manned aviation (high-complexity missions and research & development)

The Open Category is broken down into three subcategories:

Flying over people

Flying close to people

Flying far from people

These new subcategories include specific criteria of how and where you can fly your drone.

As part of the new UK drone regulations, future drones will now utilise a new classification system. Each drone will now have it’s own class rating, ranging from C0 to C4, which will be based on a drones weight, speed and safety features.

Under the new classification system, specific classes of drone will be able to fly in specific subcategories of the Open Category.

As no drones currently meet the class requirements, there will be a transitional period running until July 2022.

Currently, there are no C2 Class Aircraft available to purchase in the UK. As such, a transitional period from November 2020 to July 2022 has been put in place by the CAA to give manufacturers time to release drones under the new classification system.

This means that ‘legacy drones’ (existing drones) can be flown in accordance with the new rules until the transitional period ends.

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