Commercial License Training Syllabus

CDT carry out 3 days of drone training & testing in one residential setting enabling us to report to the CAA that a student has demonstrated the capability to operate safely such aircraft within the under 20kg (small class), and that the student meets the three critical elements* that comprise acceptable evidence of pilot competency.

 * The three critical elements are the successful completion of:

                - Ground School & General Airmanship Theory Examination               

                - Practical Flight Assessment

                - Operations Manual Approval (to CAP 722 Template)

The above elements can be completed in 3 days in our rural residential training school near Exeter.

CDT enhance pilot safety by offering 2 days of practical training elements (not compulsory) into the training course on day 4 and 5, based on real world scenarios including planning, setting up and undertaking two full drone operations during the course.  

During practical exercises one of the team will take high quality photographs of you operating in your corporate clothing for you to use on your website (examples are shown throughout this website).

The outline course timetable is shown below, the actual timetable will vary due to teaching and weather constraints.  The coloured boxes show the minimum course attendance to leave with the documentation to apply to the CAA for your licence.  People with limited experience undertake their flight test on the morning of Day 5 allowing them to practice their flying during the course.  In the evenings we actively encourage you to socialise with us and your fellow students, the course staff will dine with you in our on-site bistro and stay on site.  An instructor will be available every evening until 11pm in the library to answer queries etc.

Drone Course Dates

The last 2 days of the CDL-s course is not compulsory, though advised to gain practical commercial drone experience. 

Drone Course Pricing

Full Residential Course – Price Per Person

£1479 – Full Course, Flight Test, Workshops with 5 nights in double en-suite room and 3 meals per day (arrival day before course).

£1450 – Full Course, Flight Test, Workshops with 4 nights in double en-suite room and 3 meals per day (arrival day of course).

£1425 – Full Course, Flight Test, Workshops with 5 nights in double en-suite room (arrival day before course).

£1399 – Full Course, Flight Test, Workshops with 4 nights in double en-suite room (arrival day before course).

£1325 - Full Course, Flight Test, Workshops with 5 nights in double shared facilities room and 3 meals per day (arrival on the day before the course).

£1275 - Full Course, Flight Test, Workshops with 4 nights in double shared facilities room (arrival on the day before the course).

£1250 - Full Course, Flight Test, Workshops with 5 nights in single room with shared facilities and 3 meals per day (arrival day before the course).

£1200 - Full Course, Flight Test, Workshops with 4 nights in single room with shared facilities and 3 meals per day (arrival on the day of the course).

Full Non Residential Course

£1000 - Full Course, Flight Test, Workshops, Field Trip (Meals to be bought separately in our on-site Bistro)

Modular Residential Course

£850 – 2 Days ground school & theory test including 1 night accommodation.   You would have to come back to complete your flight test (£150) after completing your Operations Manual at home using our CAP722 template or participate another time in our 1 full day of Operations Manual Writing Workshops & Review by our external consultant (£100).

We can organise further accommodation if required, please email your requirements.

We have a number of flight test locations across the country and these can be used by prior arrangement.

Modular Non-Residential Course

£750 – 2 Days ground school & theory test.   You would have to come back to complete your flight test (£150) after completing your Operations Manual at home using our CAP722 template or participate another time in our 1 full day of Operations Manual Writing Workshops & Review by our external consultant (£150).

We can organise further accommodation if required, please email your requirements.

We have a number of flight test locations across the country and these can be used by prior arrangement.

Previous Pilot Qualification Course

Please call to discuss your own circumstances though the following prices are for your guidance.

£150 – 1 full day of Operations Manual Writing Workshops & Review by our external consultant.

£150 – Flight Test

We can organise accommodation if required, please email your requirements.

Other Pricing Information

Theory Exam Resits – Free of Charge

The student may only resit after a debriefing and study plan is drawn up by the instructor.  If a student fails on the first attempt on day two of the course, he / she may re-sit on day 4 before the flight testing phase.

Flight Test Resit - Free of Charge

The student may only re-take a flight test after a debriefing and action plan is drawn up by the instructor.

A third flight test resit is £150.

Important Information

PfCO application fees to the CAA are separate and payable by the student. 

PfCO application fees presently payable direct to the CAA are currently £173.

Insurance will be required to undertake drone activities and your flight test using your drone on our 92 acre estate.  Please email us if you require any advice on insurance cover.