The Commercial Remote Pilot Qualification (CRPQ) is a drone training course ideal for new pilots. The course will guide delegates through the process of applying for their Permissions for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).
Using both practical and theoretical exercises, this course delivers a hands-on training experience for drone operators. This comprehensive course teaches delegates how to operate a drone safely and commercially.
3-Day PfCO Theory Course (‘Ground School’)
To gain their PfCO, delegates must first attend a training course with an organisation known as a National Qualified Entity (NQE), such as iRed®. An NQE is a training centre approved by the CAA to deliver commercial drone training.
During the course, delegates will learn the essential skills and knowledge to operate a drone for commercial purposes. Pilots will learn how to navigate the airspace around them, according to CAA regulations.
Course content includes drone operating procedures, air law, airmanship, meteorology, and navigation. Tailored for professional industrial inspections, iRed® courses also provide industry-focused advice and guidance for a wide range of sensors and applications.
At the end of the course, delegates will sit a multiple-choice theory exam.
Successfully completing the course will give delegates the skills and knowledge to create a CAA-compliant Operations Manual. Your Manual focuses on your specific drone and the operations you are planning to conduct. It will include details of your organisation, your aircraft, and the operating procedures you will follow. Once completed, you can submit your Manual to the iRed® Academy for assessment. Our instructors will then provide guidance and feedback before final submission to the CAA.
Once your Operations Manual has been reviewed by our instructors, you can undertake your practical flight assessment. This ensures that you are both competent and confident when operating your aircraft. During the test, delegates will demonstrate the procedures they put in place before, during, and after a drone operation. Pilots can take their flight test up to a year after course completion. We also offer one free re-sit for all flight assessments.
When you have successfully completed both your flight assessment and Operations Manual, we’ll provide you with a ‘letter of recommendation’. You can then submit this, alongside your Manual and CRPQ course Certificate, to the CAA for approval.
Approval of your PfCO can take up to 28 days, and is not guaranteed. However, a ‘letter of recommendation’ from an approved training provider is essential for those applying for a PfCO.
Our drone training courses provide extra insight for commercial drone use, including a variety of applications. As commercial surveyors and inspectors, our instructors have a wealth of knowledge and experience that can’t be found at any other training centre.
Our team can also provide extra guidance for night flying operations – at no extra charge.