A2 Certificate of Competency

Have you been considering doing your A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC) course to open up more options to where and what you can fly?

Then we have great news for you!

The A2 Certificate of Competency

The A2 CofC is the first level course and with The UAV Academy, it can be completed entirely at home. This qualification allows you to legally fly your drone in more demanding locations (such as built-up areas) and to fly closer to uninvolved people. Holding an A2 CofC means that you can operate in the new A2 (Open) sub-category, no matter if it’s for recreational or commercial reasons.

The A2 sub-category allows flight as close as 5m from uninvolved people with a drone (up to 4kg) which meets new product standards and has a C2 Class rating (similar to the CE stamp we see on many products). These ‘certified drones’ are not yet available, so for the time being non-certified drones flying in the A2 sub-category are limited to 2kg and you will have to keep at least 50m away from uninvolved people. You will be able to fly in built-up areas provided you maintain this distance from uninvolved people. With a drone weighing less than 500g (eg. Mavic Air, Mini, Parrot Anafi) you will be able to fly as close to uninvolved people as you feel is safe, provided you do not deliberately fly overhead them.

The A2 CofC requires you to complete a theory course and take a formal invigilated theory exam. The exam is 30 multiple-choice questions and you have to score 75% to pass. You also have to complete some practical flight training which can be self-training or by spending some time with one of our instructors.

The big advantages of the A2 CofC are that you do not need an operations manual and there is no requirement to submit any sort of application to the CAA. As soon as you have completed the course and have been issued with your certificate you can fly in the A2 sub-category for both recreational and commercial purposes.

Course Elements

  • Online Learning ( 3 modules)
  • Quizzes to check your knowledge
  • Mock examination
  • Theory Examination is taken online at home
  • Issue of your A2 Certificate of Competency


Exclusive discount for BDF/BMFA Members

British Drone Flyers and the British Model Flying Association have agreed an exclusive price reduction with the UAV Academy for current BDF/BMFA members to take their A2 CofC course for just £49 (normal price £99).  Terms and conditions apply.

To take advantage of this offer or for further details simply complete the form below.

Please note that it is a requirement for you to have a CAA Flyer ID before you can take the A2 CofC