DRONES IN SURVEYING MINI-MDA NOW £2,990 +VAT

The Drones in Surveying Mini-MDA (Master of Drone Applications) will give you all the skills you need to win contracts and deliver projects in the surveying space. You’ll graduate with in-depth knowledge of air law and legislation, how to operate different aircraft and use industry-leading software to process your data, gain your qualification to operate commercially within the UK and much more!

Our world-leading Mini-MDA's are highly sought after, speak to our Admissions Team today to secure your place. 

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    One Master of Drone Applications (MDA) = all the knowledge you need!

    You could spend hours researching all the different courses available, and you could spend even more money purchasing them individually – or you could save time and money by enrolling on one programme that covers it all. We train some of the biggest organisations in surveying including Costain, Murphy and BAM so we know what’s needed to make your drone surveying workflows bullet-proof.   

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    Stand out from the crowd  

    To win the contracts and wow your clients you need to stand head and shoulders above your competition. Our Mini-MDA gives you the skills, knowledge and accredited qualifications to keep you one step ahead of your competitors. Your 12-week programme also includes OFQUAL Level 4 & 5 qualifications equivalent to a HND (Higher National Diploma) or foundation degree.  

WHAT COULD YOU ACHIEVE WITH A MORE EFFECTIVE, CONFIDENT AND WELL-TRAINED DRONE TEAM?

The Drones in Surveying Mini-MDA will allow you and your team to carry out accurate surveys at a consistently high standard.  It also gives you and your team the solid foundation needed to scale up your operations to capitalise on the increasing demand for surveying work carried out using drones.

YOUR 12-WEEK PROGRAMME

Step 1

A2 CofC

The A2 CofC is the training course and certification needed to operate in the A2 Subcategory of the OPEN Category. The course consists of four modules.

Study Time: 1 week
Flight test: 4 hours self-guided practice
Difficulty: Beginner
Method: Online
Step 2

UAV Specific Training

This course covers all aspects of the UAV’s mobilisation, set-up, operation, optimisation and maintenance in order to ensure operatives are proficient in all areas. 

Study Time: 1 week
Flight test: No flight test
Difficulty: Beginner
Method: Online
Step 3

Practical Flight Coaching

Our expert trainers will help you master your manual drone flights by teaching you essential manoeuvres like figure 8, 45º accent and decent and more.

Study Time: Half day
Flight test: No flight test
Difficulty: Beginner
Method: In-person training
Step 4

GVC including OFQUAL 4 + Accelerator

The General “Visual Line of Sight” Certificate or GVC is the drone training and certification needed to be able to apply to the CAA for an Operational Authorisation. 

Study Time: 40 hours
Flight test: Practical flight test
Difficulty: Intermediate
Method: Online
Step 5

Practical Flight Assessment 

Put your training to the test by completing a flight assessment with our expert drone pilot trainers. With 10 test locations across the UK, there’s bound to be one near you!

Study Time: 1 day
Flight test: Practical flight test
Difficulty: Intermediate
Method: In person
Step 6

Operations Manual Review 

You must have a CAA approved operations manual before you can apply for your Operational Authorisation. The help of our expert team, you’ll be signed off and ready to fly in no time! Take on any job. guiding you through until its ready. 

Study Time: 1 week
Flight test: No flight test
Difficulty: Intermediate
Method: Online
Step 7

Pix4D mapper essentials

The Pix4Dmapper Essential online course will give you a thorough and deep understanding of Pix4D and how to use the software to give you the data output that you require.

Study Time: 1 week
Flight test: No flight test
Difficulty: Intermediate
Method: Online
Step 8

Commercial UAV Surveying

Learn how to integrate drone technology into your surveying business, obtain advanced permissions from the CAA, and achieve repeatable engineering-grade accuracies from drone photogrammetry data.

Study Time: 1 week
Flight test: No flight test
Difficulty: Intermediate
Method: Online
Step 9

OFQUAL Level 5 Award for Chief Pilots

The course is designed to make sure you have everything covered when it comes to the project management of large UAV Projects. 

Study Time: 28 hours
Flight test: No flight test
Difficulty: Advanced
Method: Online
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Optional Bolt On

Fixed Wing Flight Assessment

Fixed-wing drones like the Wingtra One are becoming more and more common in the surveying space because of their ability to cover large areas at high speed. Operating a fixed-wing drone is an invaluable skill to have, that's why you can bolt on a fixed-wing flight assessment to your Surveying Mini MDA to take your training up another level.

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Upgrade Your GVC to a Face-to-Face Classroom Course

Online courses are a great way to get qualified to fly your drone, but 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. 

BOOK YOUR MINI-MDA PLACE TODAY

It couldn't be easier. All you need to do is get in touch with our admissions team, they're always happy to help. 

You can click the link below to apply online, call them directly on 0330 111 7177 or email them at [email protected]

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Harry Crawford

Meet Harry Crawford, Head of Training

Harry has years of experience with SUAs behind him, and as Head of Training at Coptrz Academy he's responsible for training and assessing our students, flight coaching, product demos and customer handovers as well as developing our learning material.

"Working in such a new and growing industry always adds excitement to the role as we are all constantly learning of new and inspiring ways to utilise UAVs for our students." - Harry Crawford

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Meet James Pick,
Drones in Surveying Global Expert

As a surveyor by trade James knows the importance of making strategic decisions that ensure your organisation is achieving survey-grade data for your projects. Every organisation is unique and that’s why it’s important that your drone solution is too.

“I was recommended to James via Chris York @ Buckingham group, from the first phone call through the buying process James was brilliant. I’ve had drones for over 5 years but with James’ help, I decided the next step was to purchase the Phantom 4 RTK and Pix4D. James and the team have been excellent throughout my setup, even available through WhatsApp within minutes! Thank you for all your help and look forward to working with you ” – BB Surveys Ltd

 

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NO-ONE IS MORE QUALIFIED TO TRAIN YOU

Why would you invest your hard-earned money into the best drone technology around only to be trained by someone who doesn't even work with the product? We work directly with the largest range of Global Drone Brands in the world meaning our team truly are qualified to train you in how to use the technology.

Don't put you or your company's future at risk with inferior training.

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FLIGHT TEST LOCATIONS TO SUIT YOU

While most of our drone training courses can be completed completely online, some more advanced courses will require you to do 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 (if required as part of your training).

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    LEEDS

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

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    RUGBY

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

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    EDINBURGH

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

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    HOOK

    Highfield Park, Church Lane
    Heckfield, RG27 0LG

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    CARDIFF

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

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    CARDIFF

    Vale Moto Training, The Old Main Runway, Sigingstone, Cowbridge CF71 7LP

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    KENT

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

INFORMATION CENTRE

Drone Payload Masterclass with JB UAS

Do you want to know how to maximise the ROI of your Matrice 300? We bring you the latest in payloads for drones in the surveying and construction sectors. 

How to Get the Most Out of Your Data

Once you've conducted your survey mission using a drone, how do you get the most out of the data you've collected? Hear from Nate and Pierangelo from Pix4D to find out.

Drone Payload Masterclass with JB UAS

Do you want to know how to maximise the ROI of your Matrice 300? We bring you the latest in payloads for drones in the surveying and construction sectors. 

How to Get the Most Out of Your Data

Once you've conducted your survey mission using a drone, how do you get the most out of the data you've collected? Hear from Nate and Pierangelo from Pix4D to find out.

Saving the Environment with Drones

Did you know drones are saving the environment? We held a webinar with our partners at Project Seagrass, an NGO looking to raise awareness and protect our seagrass in the UK.

Digital Twin of the Royal Citadel

Using the Parrot ANAFI drone and DJI Terra we've created a digital twin of the Royal Citadel. The Royal Citadel in Plymouth, Devon, England, was built in the late 1660s. 

Saving the Environment with Drones

Did you know drones are saving the environment? We held a webinar with our partners at Project Seagrass, an NGO looking to raise awareness and protect our seagrass in the UK.

Digital Twin of the Royal Citadel

Using the Parrot ANAFI drone and DJI Terra we've created a digital twin of the Royal Citadel. The Royal Citadel in Plymouth, Devon, England, was built in the late 1660s. 

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FAQs

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Yes, speak to the Coptrz Academy Admissions Team and they will swap out the UK Only modules for the courses relevant to your country. 

Yes, speak to the Coptrz Academy Admissions Team today and they will provide you with the reduced price. 

Yes, speak to the Coptrz Academy Admissions Team today and they will run through all the options with you. 

That’s okay! We will work the Mini-MDA programme around your schedule if something comes up that prevents you from completing it over the given 12-week period. 

We do recommend you complete your Mini-MDA programme within 6 months or less to ensure you keep the momentum up and can start to apply what you’ve learned immediately. 

OFQUAL is recognised across all industries around the world.  With Drone Technology at different stages of adoption in countries around the world, it’s important that you have a recognised accreditation for those organisations that don’t know the drone industry or regulations. 

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Drone Regulations Guide

Confused about UK Drone Regulations? Unsure of the difference between the GVC and A2 CofC? Fear not! Coptrz Academy has got you covered with our Drone Regulations Guide.

L1 CASE STUDY

Drone Survey Accuracy Report

What happened when Buckingham Group compared the DJI Matrice 300, Phantom 4 RTK and the Wingtra for Surveying?

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Training Prospectus

Our prospectus covers our full range of courses, modules and full details about studying with COPTRZ Academy so you can choose the best course for you.

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