This 2 day course will teach the Ground School subjects followed by a short exam required to support your application for a Permit for Commercial Operations (PfCO) with the CAA. This process will also include an assessment of your Operations Manual and a short Flight Assessment. ASG will then assist you with your permit application and will provide a recommendation to the CAA for the award of your PfCO.





The Course

During this 2-day classroom based course you will receive excellent tuition covering the CAA requirement for the Permit for Commercial Operations (PfCO) Ground School syllabus. You will also be assessed in a short multiple choice exam on the last day that will confirm that you have the basic level of knowledge required to support a CAA permit application. Following this, we will ask you to submit your Operations Manual for assessment by one of our school assessors. Once this is complete, we will organise for you to undertake an independent Flight Assessment . This completes the CAA mandated requirements to be assessed.  We will then assist you with your online submission of your PfCO application to the CAA.







The PfCO syallabus is in 3 phases:

Phase 1 – Students receive a Pre-Course Learning manual to help provide some initial focussed background reading on the key subjects that will be covered during the Groundschool Course. Students will also recive a draft opererations manual guide so that they can start to consider how they will describe there particular business operations.

Phase 2 – During this pahse students attend a 2 day groundschool classroom based course that covers the following unammned avaition related topics:

  • Principles of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • Air Law
  • Aispace Operating Principles
  • Airmanship & Aviation Safety
  • Human Factors
  • Navigation
  • Aircraft Knowledge
  • Flight planning and operational procedures
  • Safety Management
  • Groundschool mulptiple choice based exam

Phase 3 – Operations Manual and Practical Flight Assessment (PFA) is the final phase before submission to the CAA of all paperwork required for a Permission for Commercial Operations. This requires students to complete their operations manual and have it assesed as of an appropiate standard; be current in UAS flying and have relevant flight insurance to undergo a PFA with an ASG assessor. The PFA is carried out out at an ASG approved location and confirms planning, flying and safety skills in accordance with the students approved Operations Manual.






All students of the RPCS course will receive a free copy of the ASG Theory and Practice Workbook. In addition, ASG will provide links to various CAA publications that you will be recommended to read prior to attending the course.






The following PfCO training locations are available for the Groundschool element of the course:

  • Berwick Courtyard, Berwick Saint Leonard, Wiltshire (Primary ASG RPCS(T) Ground School Course Location). This is ASG Primary Training facility and incorporates both a classroom suitable for 12 persons and a conference room facility. In addition ASG has access to a local private flying training area extending to over 100 acres.
  • The Hollies, Martock, Somerset. This respected facility is primarily used by local defence aerospace companies for conferences and Board meetings. ASG makes use of the Directors Conference Room and surrounding facilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College. This Further Education (FE) College has a number of campus locations in the Cardiff and Barry area, all suitable for delivery of ground-school training, for students located in Wales.





The Hollies Hotel Ltd, Martock TA12 6LG, UK

International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT), Cardiff Airport Business Park, Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan, CF62 3DP

Berwick Saint Leonard, SP3 5UA, UK


What is Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO)?

Permission for Commercial Operation is a CAA requirement if you wish to fly Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) on a commercial basis (conducting operation for payment or valuable consideration), or fly a camera/surveillance fitted aircraft within congested areas or close to people and properties that are not under your control.

How do I apply for PfCO?

ASG is recognised by the CAA as a National Qualified Entity (NQE). This allows ASG to deliver courses that train and assess candidates on their overall airmanship skills, knowledge and operating capabilities. To apply for PfCO, candidates are required to complete ASG’s Remote Pilot Certificate SUAS (RPCS) course successfully.

What if I fail the theory exam?

ASG allows candidates one free re-sit (at the next available RPCT course) if the RPCT exam is not passed on first attempt. 10 working days have to elapse before a re-sit can be taken.

What if my Ops Manual requires re-evaluation?

ASG’s Ops Manual experts will guide you in the right direction from day one of the RPCS course. If the submitted Ops Manual requires rework, one free re-evaluation will be provided to each candidate.

What if I have more than one SUAS aircraft?

This does not matter. ASG does not charge per aircraft, but per student taking the course.

What if I already hold an Aviation Qualification?

ASG has customised courses to suit individual needs. If you already hold a current Aviation Qualification you will only need to complete:

  • Emergency Procedures and Navigation (Day 2)
  • Flight Planning Exercise (Day 2)
  • Operations Manual Guidance (Day 2)
  • Theory Exam (Day 2)
  • Operations Manual Assessment
  • Practical Assessment

I have already completed an equivalent to ASG’s theory component (RPCS(T)) with another training provider. Will I need to complete this again?

No. If you have completed an equivalent to ASG’s theory course, to gain the full RPCS and obtain your PfCO recommendations you will only need to complete Phase Two of the course which includes:

  • Flight Planning Exercise (part of the theory course)
  • Operations Manual Assessment
  • Practical Assessment

ASG also offers these candidates Operations Manual guidance and the ability to take part in the Flight Planning Exercise on day two of a theory course (highly recommended).

Does ASG offer bespoke courses to teams, organisations or companies?

Yes. If you have a team of eight or more candidates wishing to obtain PfCO, ASG can come to your premises and hold onsite training. Please contact the ASG team for more information.

How do I apply to the CAA for my PfCO?

Applications for PfCO are made directly to the CAA by completing their online application form at least 28 days before any operations are due to commence. Pricing and information can be found at





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