CDT provides commercial drone training, PfCO ground school & flight test, practical experience, ops manual completion workshop, accommodation & full board for 5 nights at our 92 acre drone friendly country estate near Exeter at one cost of £1250*.  

Enabling you to gain your PfCO and qualify as a Commercial Drone Pilot in a fraction of the time taken with our competitors.


* Price of £1250 based on one single room, full board (3 meals per day) with shared facilities, a double en-suite room & full board for 5 nights is £1479 or £1399 for 4 nights.  Non-Residential full 5 day course attendance is £1000. Non-residential 3 day course (ground school, flight test & ops manual completion workshops) is only £900. 

Cheaper accommodation options are available. Full price list in training syllabus tab.


Introduction from Michael Green, Head of Training. 

CDT is not your typical UK CAA drone training school.  We have looked at the present training industry and its flaws and have designed a course that not only trains & tests the students, but gives them the opportunity to spend an extra 2 days with us if they wish at no extra cost soaking up our experience through workshops & practical exercises.  CDT can even tailor your training to suit a particular need or provide training to private groups with no minimum course attendance.

I want you to spend five days with CDT, looked after in a fully residential course setting, once you have completed your two day groundschool, theory exam & flight test, CDT will give you a further three days of practical training, including a series of operations manual workshops and two practical exercises (one being a real commercial site) where you can undertake simulated drone jobs under the watchful eye of our experienced team. It is noticeable how much time you will save not having to commute to a training centre or even cooking, giving more time for study and undertaking relevant evenning workshops, all in your businesses commercial benefit.  

Benefits of training with CDT

  • Train, test, sleep, eat & socialise in one place with your fellow students / instructors.

  • Weather proof drones ensure training stays on schedule.

  • Practice flying on site in 1 of 3 flying areas - plenty of space.

  • Free workshops on various topics throughout course.

  • Practice real life work scenarios

  • Instructor available untill 11pm each evening to deal with study queries / questions.

Having worked as drone instructors, flight examiners for existing NQEs & Ops manual technical authors we have spoken to a large proportion of the newly qualified drone operators coming through the existing system.  The feedback given has enabled us to create a course that helps today's new commercial drone operator in basic areas such as website production, video editing, photography techniques, showreel production and more advanced areas such as aerial survey techniques, parachute systems and thermal imaging.

Having access to a number of construction sites, solar farms, a private sailing lake and a commercial dry dock through our development partners you will undertake one field trip during the course enabling you to experience planning and undertaking a commercial drone opersation and gain some footage for your show reel.  CDT will also task you with an on-site practical exercise completing an aerial survey of a building, giving you all the relevant planning documentation, method statements and report templates to use on future jobs.  If time permits we will carry out a search & rescue operation using a aerial thermal imaging drone to find a heat source in our on-site quarry.

Flexibility is our strong point, having a large country estate on our hands and surrounding farmland with a diverse set of buildings and landscapes and access to interesting sites we are happy to discuss any non standard training requirements you may have such as emergency services thermal imaging, search & rescue and drone security patrols.  

CDT also own a large amount of DJI drone equipment and we actively encourage you to test our different machines, helping you purchase any future drones as an informed choice , rather than guess work, possibly saving you a fortune in purchasing the wrong equipment. 

Being a forward thinking company we have put in pre-orders for the forthcoming Sprite Drone & Lily Camera Drone and will be receiving them in the near future.

Please contact me direct on 01626 911 012 or 07889 767 398 or email me on to discuss your requirements or book online.

I hope to personally welcome you on our next training course were you can get excellent training at value for money.  Please remember to tell us of any non standard training requirements.  


CDT Residential Training School is based at Seale Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbott, TQ12 6NQ