The A2 Certificate of Competence (A2 CofC) is offered under the new EASA regulations which come into effect on the 31st December 2020. Completing this course will entitle you to fly your drone in the A2 (Open) category (drones up to 2kg) and the A1 (Open) category (drones up to 500 grams) for either recreational or commercial purposes.
The A2 (Open) Category will allow you to fly your drone to a minimum separation distance of 30m (horizontally) from uninvolved people, or to within 5 meters when in a "low speed mode" when using a "C2" marked drone. Under the CAA's "transitional period" you'll be permitted to fly any non-CE marked drone that weighs up to 2kg in the A2 (Open) category to within 50m of uninvolved people, up to December 2022. The A1 (Open) Category will allow you to fly your drone with no minimum separation distances from uninvolved people (but never overhead).
This is free to complete and can be done in less than 30 minutes.
Have completed a period of practical flight training (either formally or under 'self monitored' conditions). This must conducted in the A3 (Open) Category (i.e. far from people) but simulating the conditions of the A2 (Open) Category (i.e. close to people).
We recommend that you practice for at least 2 hours at a location far from people but fly as though you are flying close to people. The course includes some practice activities to help you hone your skills!
Have an internet connection speed of at least 2Mbps
This is needed in order to get the most from the course and to take your online exam.
Have access to a suitable enabled laptop / desktop with a webcam, speakers and microphone (mobile access to course material is optional)
Have access to an appropriate small unmanned aircraft