GENERAL VLOS CERTIFICATE (GVC) ONLINE DRONE TRAINING COURSE From £497 +VAT

£597 +VAT including an OFQUAL 4 Certificate

If you want to fly drones up to 25kg in built-up areas safely and legally with Operational Authorisation from the CAA, then the GVC is the perfect starting point for you. Coptrz Academy is the first and only training provider in the world to offer OFQUAL Level 4 accredited GVC courses.

 
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ABOUT THE COURSE

The General “Visual Line of Sight” Certificate or GVC as it’s more commonly known is the drone training and qualification needed to be able to apply to the CAA for an Operational Authorisation. Your operational authorisation will allow you to Operate UAS in the specific category under the new UAS regulations that came into effect on December 31st 2020.

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WHY YOU SHOULD STUDY WITH COPTRZ ACADEMY

When you enrol on your GVC course with us, you'll also get 12-months free access to the Coptrz Academy eLearning platform filled with more than 450+ online courses spanning Project Management, Finance, Leadership, Commercial Skills, People and Culture, Customer Excellence and Data.

You have the flexibility to choose where and when you learn. We are the only training provider that allows you to take your final exam 24/7 meaning your training fits around your schedule, and not the other way around.

You’ll be joining monthly GVC accelerator sessions with our training team, industry updates with Jamie Cording and the chance to speak to our industry experts across a range of sectors including inspection, surveying, real estate and public safety. On top of this, you’ll get a monthly operations manual review.

COURSE OVERVIEW

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  • Level: Intermediate

  • Syllabus: 7 on-demand modules

  • Platform: Flexible online learning

  • Study Time: Around 20 hours

  • Exam Details: 40 questions, multiple choice

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COURSE SYLLABUS

Module 1

AIR LAW AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The legal stuff. Develop a strong understanding of the rules and regulations around flying UAV in the UK, learn your responsibilities as a UAV operator, how to report accidents and more.

Module 2

UAS AIRSPACE

In this module, you'll learn everything you need to know about where you can and can't operate and who you need to contact when flying in certain airspace.

Module 3

AIRMANSHIP AND AVIATION SAFETY

How to fly your UAV safely. This module teaches you all about checking the safety of your drone and ensuring that you are safe to fly in the correct way.

Module 4

HUMAN PERFORMANCE LIMITATIONS

Human performance is defined as the human capabilities and limitations which have an impact on the safety and efficiency of aeronautical operations.

Module 5

UAS GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

Knowing how your aircraft operates is essential for safe flying. This module teaches you all about the principles of flight and how to know if your drone is safe to fly.

Module 6

OPERATOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Learn all about your responsibilities as a drone pilot in this module. You'll find out the steps you need to take to ensure a smooth flight.

Module 7

OPERATING PROCEDURES

Bring all of your knowledge together in this final module about VLOS, identifying congested areas, collision avoidance and more.

Theory Exam

PASS THE THEORY EXAM

It's time to put your hard work to the test and pass the 40 question multiple-choice exam!

Operations Manual

SUBMIT YOUR OPERATIONS MANUAL

Submit your operations manual detailing how you will be using your drone. Our expert training team will work with you until it's ready to submit to the CAA.

Final Exam

PASS THE FINAL EXAM

Finally, you will take your practical flight assessment where a member of our training team will assess your flight skills. We recommend that you have 10 hours of flying experience before you take your practical assessment.

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GET STARTED WITH YOUR GVC TODAY

It couldn't be easier. All you need to do is enrol on to Coptrz Academy, quickly create your student profile, then choose the GVC course out of the 100's available to you. 

YOUR EXPERT TRAINERS

The Coptrz Academy training team will be with you every step of the way during your journey with us, so you will quickly get to know them. You can expect to see members like Harry, Tom and Naomi often in our regular LIVE webinars which you have access to for free!

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DON'T KNOW IF THIS COURSE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Our admissions team are always happy to help. Get in touch today if you have any questions on any of our courses before enrolling. 

You can call them directly on 0330 111 7177 or email them at [email protected]

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ONLINE LEARNING NOT FOR YOU?

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From £999 +VAT

GVC Classroom Course

Our Leeds based classroom environment promotes collaborative learning and networking. We offer discounts on accommodation and parking for those travelling to study with us. You will cover the same content in the online course and complete a flight test over 3 days.

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£698 +VAT

GVC Accelerator Package

Accelerate your drone training with this all-inclusive package. It features an A2 CofC course, GVC course, Flight Test, OFQUAL 4 certificate and a live GVC accelerator masterclass by our expert training team as well as ongoing support and 12-months access to Coptrz Academy.

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£247 +VAT

PFCO to GVC Conversion Course

If you have a valid PfCO, you can convert it to a GVC. Our PfCO to GVC conversion course includes the same information as the usual GVC course, but, because you already have a PfCO you’ll know a lot of the course content already. Terms and Conditions apply.

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STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD WITH OFQUAL

In addition to your GVC, COPTRZ can also separately provide you with an academically registered qualification under OFQUAL (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) as a Level 4 award. That means if you choose COPTRZ for your GVC, you’ll have the option to receive a vocational Level 4 award recognised across the board by employers in many sectors, representing a standard between an A-level and a degree (ONC/HNC level). This qualification is available as an additional extra.

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IS THE GVC RIGHT FOR YOU?

You plan on flying in crowded spaces

As long as you maintain the required 50m separation distance, with a GVC you can carry out any overflight of uninvolved persons. If you're planning on using your drone for commercial operations, this will be invaluable!

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You want to increase profit, efficiency and safety within your organisation

Drones will make your operations more efficient, cost-effective and safer for your team, but only if you have the best continual training and development programme in place.

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You want access to a wider variety of jobs

The GVC qualification allows you to say YES to a wide variety of jobs, meaning you can build your business and your income faster. You'll never get caught short and you won't have to miss out on valuable work. 

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EXPERIENCE COPTRZ ACADEMY FOR FREE

Enrol now and get FREE access to over 450+ online courses (including our popular A2 CofC course), live and on-demand content and a dedicated team of experts to support you along the way. 

The Coptrz Academy online learning experience is like no other - it's so much more than just drone training.  Coptrz Academy provides a truly holistic learning experience with a mobile-first design, quality content, in-built psychometrics and an unparalleled user experience driven by artificial intelligence. 

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FAQs

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

They are two completely different things. A GVC is the competency requirements and certificate required to apply for an Operational Authorisation. A GVC is much like the NQE certificates candidates received from completing a course to be able to apply for a PfCO.

It's easy! You can get in touch with a member of our team by clicking here, or you scroll back to the top of the page and enrol onto our eLearning platform for free.

This is entirely up to you! Online learning is ideal for people with commitments during the day, such as work, as you have the flexibility to learn whenever it suits your schedule. Our online GVC is not time-bound so you can learn at your own pace, however, not everyone benefits from the online learning style. Our face-to-face GVC course takes just three days to complete and it's a great asset for students who need more one on one guidance or more direct instruction. 

If you don't pass your theory exam you will have to pay to resit it. Theory resit fees are £49+VAT. Practical flight assessment resit fees are £174 + VAT.

Yes! If you are current or ex-military our courses are available to enrol on using your ELCAS Credits, find out more here. 

Yes, public liability insurance will be required to take your flight test as part of the GVC course and for flights once you complete your course when not flown for recreational purposes. There is also an application fee for the Operational Authorisation payable to the CAA.

While all of our courses can be accessed online, the GVC is only applicable to drone pilots in the UK. This is not an international course. 

31st December 2023.

The CAA have a series of factsheets to help explain the rules that will apply to your flying:

  • Flying for fun CAP2003
  • Flying as a hobby and at a club CAP2004
  • Using a drone for work CAP2005
  • Flying in the countryside CAP2006
  • Flying in towns and cities CAP2007
  • The difference with the new 2020 regulations CAP2008

You will be required to pay £253 to the CAA for your application, this fee is per operations manual and per business not per person. 

FLIGHT TEST LOCATIONS TO SUIT YOU

While most of your GVC training course can be completed completely online, you are required to complete a short flight test.

Studying with Coptrz Academy gives you access to the largest number of flight test centres across the UK including Northern Ireland. That means you won’t be travelling long distances to take a 1.5 hour long flight assessment.

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    RUGBY

    Make Venues, Woodland Grange, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RN

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    BELFAST

    Hilton Belfast, Castle Upton Estate
    Templepatrick, BT39 0DD

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    ABERDEEN

    Mercure Aberdeen Hotel, South Deeside Road, Blairs Aberdeen, AB12 5YP

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    NORFOLK

    Norfolk Showground – Dereham Rd
    Norwich, NR5 0TT

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    EDINBURGH

    Carberry Tower Mansion House, Carberry Tower Estate, Musselburgh, EH21 8PY

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    BRIGHTON

    Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton
    Lewes, BN7 3AL

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    CARDIFF

    The New House Country Hotel, Thornhill,
    Cardiff, CF14 9UA

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    KENT

    The Kent Event Centre, Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, London, ME14 3JF

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    HOOK

    Highfield Park, Church Lane
    Heckfield, RG27 0LG

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    LEEDS

    COPTRZ HQ, 1st Floor Phoenix House, 3 South Parade Leeds, LS1 5QX

WHAT'S THE NEXT STEP?

Committing to your own continual development is what will set you apart from the rest. Here's what we recommend you enrol on next.

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