A2 Certificate of Competency (A2CofC)
The A2 Certificate of competence is a new qualification coming with the changes in the drone regulations, due in July 1st 2020. The new rules mean that anyone can make money from their drone, as long as they comply with the A2 Open category rules and is valid for 5 Years.
This certificate is for people who want to fly a C2 marked drones that weigh less than 4kg MTOM (Maximum Take off Mass), regardless if for commercial of hobby use. **Note** There are currently no current 'C2' marked aircraft on the market, so legacy aircraft under 2kg MTOM transitional can be used up until July 2022.
The A2 CofC with a C2 marked aircraft will allow operations of drone up to 4kg MTOM within 30m of uninvolved people and 5m when in a low speed mode.
Whilst using legacy aircraft the MTOM is reduced to 2kg and cannot be flown closer than 50m of uninvolved people (Similar to that of the current PFCO).
The A2 CofC is a theoretical examination only but is predicated on a 'building block' process of training and testing which is listed in the following paragraph. There are NO practical flight test requirements for the A2 CofC.
Prior to taking the examination, the remote pilot is required to have completed the following 'building blocks':
- Successful completion of the CAA's 'Drone and Model Aircraft' online training course for basic remote pilot competency and the associated competency test, and be in possession of the 'Flyer ID' number associated with that test;
- Completion of a period of practical flight training, either under the guidance of an RAE or under 'self-monitored' circumstances, conducted within the operating conditions of subcategory A3 but simulating the operating situations associated with the A2 subcategory.
- Remote pilots must declare, in writing, that they have completed the above building blocks to the RAE.
- Sit 30 question exam, this will be multiple choice and require a 75% pass mark.
'Legacy' (Current) aircraft that can be used transitionally up until July 2022 must weigh less than 2KG MTOM and must not be flown closer than 50m of uninvolved people. Example aircraft are the Mavic 1, 2 and Mavic air drones.
Once we have converted to an RAE (recognised assessment entity) from NQE (National Qualified Entity) we will be able to offer these courses, however they will not be valid until July 1st 2020.
The course will be delivered via our online platform or classroom based for those who want to prove flight competency with us directly. The 30 question exam is closed book and must be completed in person with us.
The A2 CofC will be priced at:
£250 for online training and exam (Exam must be on-site at our facility)
£500 For classroom based training with exam and on-site flight assessment.