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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 Remote 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. It is a 2-day CAA approved course (with the option to extend to 3 days if you want to complete your operations manual and flight test without delay). The price includes Ground school, Theory Examination, Operations Manual ratification and Operational Evaluation (flight test).

The structure has changed slightly, this is to make it more practical for those wanting to complete the theory course, operations manual and flight test all at once.

Alternatively, if you would prefer you can complete just the 2 day theory course – and then go away and complete your operations manual in your own time and arrange your flight test for a later date once your operations manual is approved.

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 £800 + VAT **

The course includes:

  • Online eLearning package
  • Ground school course (2 days)
  • Operations Manual workshop, including Ops Man assessment
  • Flight Planning and Risk Assessment exercise
  • 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:

This is the two-day ground school theory element of the course. The first day of the 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 day 1 the topics covered will include:

  • Introduction
  • Air Law
  • Principles of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • CAPS
  • Lithium Polymer Batteries
  • Emergency Procedures

The second day will include:

  • Human Factors
  • Flight Navigation & Flight Planning
  • Advanced Flight Planning
  • Exam Recap
  • Theory Examination

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.

Theory Examination

At the end of day 2 is 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.

Day 3 is for those that have already began drafting their operations manual or, have an existing operations manual in place and are ready to do their operational evaluation (flight test).

Operations Manual Workshop

With guidance and advice from the instructor, the workshop will give you the knowledge and skills to be able complete your Operations Manual to a professional standard that RUSTA deem acceptable. You will be expected to produce a manual detailing the way in which you will operate your SUAS to conform to regulations and safety standards.

Having an approved Operations Manual is essential to progress to your flight test. It is a vital document for any operator and is integral to obtaining your PfCO. 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.

RUSTA prides itself on the attention to detail and support it offers candidates throughout enrolment to course completion. The theory course is structured so that guidance on the Ops Manual is received from day one of the course, giving candidates the knowledge and confidence necessary to fulfil this task without undue delay.

Operations Manual

If your company does not have an existing operations manual in place and you want to do your flight test on day 3 – You will be expected to start your operations manual prior to the course commencing (generic details only). The instructor will go through extra details in the operations manual workshop on day 3, if you choose to attend day 3. Don’t worry though, when you enrol on the course, we will send you a template that you can use to draft your own operations manual and give you our Ops Man subject matter experts’ contact details to help you along the way.

Flight Evaluation

If you have a minimum of 2 hours flying time within a 3-month rolling period, you can complete your flight test on day 3.

The instructor will give you a practical scenario that reflects a normal task that you can expect from a customer in the future. You will plan the mission and carry out the practical task at one of our approved RUSTA operational sites. On successful completion of the practical task the candidate will be awarded their RUSTA wings and you will be emailed your RUSTA recommendation form to support your application to the CAA when you apply direct for your PFCO.

*If you do not have your operations manual approved or have a minimum of 2 hours flying time by the time the course ends, your flight test will be scheduled for a later date (at no extra cost).

*If you decide to complete your operations manual after the course has finished, you will have 3 months to send in, for RUSTA to approve. Once the Ops Manual is deemed and ratified satisfactory by our experts, you will be contacted to arrange a suitable date and time for your flight test.


  • 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)

Case Study - Matt Webb

Drone-pilot-in-waiting Matt Webb recently completed his RUSTA-approved training to operate unmanned systems safely and legally in UK airspace. Here, he shares his experience of studying on a course he recommends other aspiring drone pilots to consider.”From day one, the communication has been personable and made me feel like RUSTA are well-organised and helpful. My initial contact was through the University of Wolverhampton and its Business Solutions Centre’s Visualisation Centre. I was given helpful advice on which drone to buy and valuable information on how the course would help me in my current situation.” Read more “Matt Webb”

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.