Vocational Qualifications

Our CAA accredited Zeta drone training course, combining both the A2 CofC and GVC qualifications, is available as both an NVQ Level 3 Certificate and an NVQ Level 4 Certificate. These courses are also eligible for ELCAS funding (provider name: Eagle Eye Innovations).

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NVQ: Level 3 Certificate

Obtaining an NVQ Level 3 Certificate in Drone Operations offers a range of significant benefits for individuals aspiring to enter the drone industry. This credential is not only valuable for those who want to learn the fundamentals of drone technology, but it’s especially advantageous for individuals aiming to secure employment within the expanding field of commercial drone operations.

NVQ: Level 4 Diploma

Obtaining an NVQ Level 4 Certificate in Drone Operations not only signifies a higher level of expertise but also opens up a world of opportunities for individuals aiming to establish their own drone-related business, and serves as a powerful foundation for entrepreneurial endeavours.

To obtain an NVQ L3, or an NVQ L4, an Operations Manual is required. The CAA provides an Operations Manual Template which should be used, as it meets the acceptable means of compliance and conforms to regulations. As part of our courses, you will be provided with all the information required to prepare for your own Operational Authorisation submission to the CAA.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is A1, A2, and A3 categories of operating a <25kg drone?Reveal

    The categories of operations are known as A1, A2, and A3. They are classified as:

    • A1 (fly over people)
    • A2 (fly close to people)
    • A3 (fly far away from people)

    The basic CAA Drone Code will tell you everything you need to pass the test for a flyer ID, which allows you to fly in Open A1 and A3 categories.

    What is the difference between the Open and Specific categories?Reveal

    The Specific category covers operations that present a greater risk than that of the Open category, or where one or more elements of the operation fall outside the boundaries of the Open category. You must pass the online test and hold a Flyer-ID, and register as a UAS operator, and display your Operator ID on your UAS.

    Who provides the A2 CofC and GVC training?Reveal

    The A2 CofC and GVC training is provided by our experienced EEI Academy instructors. We are recognised by the CAA and their courses are designed to expand your theoretical knowledge to ensure you operate safely and appropriately.

    Where will I do the training?Reveal

    We have training venues and flight sites in Lincoln, Swindon and Norwich with options to conduct the A2 CofC online.

    If there are enough students on our courses, our training can also be brought to a bespoke location near you.


    1. The instruction from Steve and Gally was excellent.  They understood the need to translate the course content into a practical way that we as Kent Fire & Rescue Service will us it. I  believe all the content was covered and as a candidate I gained confidence at flying using the hand held screen and camera. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone getting involved with any drone activities. Kent Fire and Rescue Service

    2. Excellent communication and dedication to ensure information was digestible and easy to understand. Practical approach and very friendly. A2 CofC Student

    3. Highly recommended. The instructors are very knowledgeable, patient and provide thorough training. Very enjoyable day. Many thanks. South West Water

    4. Ian (Gally) did an amazing job teaching our group! He made the course fun and had lots of time and patience. Learned a lot and feel confident flying. Thank you so much. Can’t recommend Eagle Eye Innovations highly enough. Zeta Closed Student

    5. Clearly a very experienced instructor, calm and professional. They managed to adapt their teaching methodologies to suit the needs of each student. Kent Police

    6. Steve provided excellent instruction and hands on experience. The pace he adopted and calm demeanour were first rate, enhancing the confidence and learning experience for myself, enabling a successful outcome. Kent Police


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