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Drone Training Academy – University of Wolverhampton

The Business Solutions Centres, brought to you by the University of Wolverhampton are delighted to announce that through a partnering arrangement with the CAA approved Rheinmetall Unmanned Systems Training Academy (RUSTA) it is offering drone training via our Visualisation Centres leading to Permission for Commercial Operations thus providing commercial drone pilots with the skills and qualification to operate safely and legally in UK airspace.

Our RUSTA Approved: Remote Pilot Certificate SUAS (RPCS) drone training course is CAA approved and offers training and assessment to SUAS, UAV or drone operators that wish to obtain Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the CAA.

The RPCS course is designed to teach you everything that you need to know to become a safe and professional Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilot. The theory phase of the course will last for two and a half days at one of our three site locations and will cover a variety of subjects. During the theory course you will receive breakfast and lunch, as well as tea and coffee throughout the day. At our site in Telford there is also the option to include accommodation into the course package at an additional cost.


Prices are £995 + VAT **

The course includes:

  • Online eLearning package
  • Ground school course (2.5 days)
  • Operations Manual guidance
  • Flight Planning and Risk Assessment exercise
  • Operations Manual assessment
  • Operational Evaluation (Flight Test)

**All quoted prices include breakfast, lunch, and tea and coffee. On payment of the fee, you will be given on-line access to the eLearning package to prepare you for the theory phase of the course.

Drone training course overview:

The first day of the drone training course will begin with an introduction for both new and experienced pilots as to what the course will entail and what each day’s outcomes will be. Throughout the morning topics covered will include Air Law and Principles of Flight, with the second half of the day covering Meteorology, CAPS and Lithium Polymer Batteries.
The second day will begin with Emergency Procedures where you will learn how to correctly and safely manage an inflight emergency. Following this, the instructor will cover the importance of the Operations Manual. This is a vital document for any operator and is integral to obtaining your RPCS. It is a mandatory item needed for any business commercially offering UAS services. It contains managerial, technical, health and safety, and flying procedures that will be specific to each business’ proposed operating set up.

The remainder of the morning is taken up with an Introduction into the multi-faceted Human Factors lesson. This topic is vast and cannot be covered in one lesson, however it is a good foundation and covers some pertinent subjects for UAS operators. The afternoon of day 2 will cover how to carry out risk assessments as well as pre-flight and on-site surveys. Using the knowledge gained, you will complete a planning exercise to test you on what you have learnt and for you to experience how to effectively plan for an operation, as well as delivering a professional brief to your crew.

The morning of day 3 will include the important Theory Examination part of the RPCS. This is a 70 minute multiple choice paper that will test you on what you have learnt over the two days. You will need 75% or higher to pass. If you happen to fail the Theory Examination you can re-sit the paper for free however at least 10 days must pass before you are able to re-sit.
Following the two and a half day course it will then be your responsibility to complete your Operations Manual to a professional standard that RUSTA deem acceptable (details for this process will be provided during the course). This is essential to progress to your pilot Practical Assessment. RUSTA instructors will assist you with your Operations Manual by providing advice by email and/or telephone. You must submit your Operations Manual to RUSTA within three months of passing the Theory Examination or an additional administrative fee will be charged.


  • University of Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton, WV10 9RU
  • Hereford Business Solutions Centre, Building B, Units 1-4, Skylon Court, Coldnose Road, Rotherwas, Hereford, HR2 6JL
  • Telford Business Solutions Centre, Priorslee Ave, Priorslee, Telford, TF2 9NR (our Telford site also has onsite accommodation that can be booked for an additional cost)

Drone Hire Service

The Visualisation Drone team are qualified CAA approved pilots based at Wolverhampton Visualisation Centre. We can be hired on a national basis. Depending on the technology requirement and your unique business requirements we can provide a well-ordered service to carry out the job to meet your requirements to a professional and high standard.

Whether it is a unique perspective you want to capture or reach heights that you could not ever imagine to get the right shot, we have a wide range of drones to use from the specialised DJI S1000 spreading wings octocopter to the slick DJI Inspire 1 Pro with a single person and dual operator options available. Visit us and have a chat to us in our Visualisation Centre or get in contact with us.

The Visualisation Drone team can also offer filming and image/video editing from as little as £50 + VAT per hour; offering a single source solution for any drone requirements you or your business may have.