Operate drone inspections on industrial sites safely and effectively

Comprehensive, foundation training in operating industrial drones

Understand the relevant legislative, regulatory and site policies and procedures

Independent verification of technical competence with ECITB technical tests

ECITB training courses

Foundation unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training course

This five-day Foundation UAS training course is designed to develop skills operating UAS in industrial environments.


Who is this course for?

  • Existing employees who wish to develop their skills operating UAS for their employer or who want to enhance their employability prospects
  • UAS pilots seeking to offer services on industrial sites
  • Anyone looking to gain a greater understanding of UAS as a career or business
  • Managers who would like an understanding of how to manage contractors and operations on-site.


What does the course cover?

The course covers how to comply with site policies and procedures and is assessed by a practical flight competence test. This involves operatives piloting a drone in a real environment to capture, store and share viable images and comply with data protection.

The course contains a quality-assured assessment that is consistent across all providers. This will ensure transferability of skills and competence for operatives.


Approved Training Providers

Global Drone Training runs the ECITB Foundation UAS training course from its Swansea and Norwich bases as well as bespoke dates and on-site locations around the UK.

Aviation Systems Group (ASG) runs the ECITB Foundation UAS training course monthly from its Wiltshire base near Salisbury as well as providing bespoke dates at a suitable location anywhere in the UK.


What do employers think?

“This course is very relevant to the work we are doing at Sellafield using UAVs. Having an industry wide standard that I can look for on a CV will give me a bit more confidence that those applying for a job have training that is relevant and not an ‘easy’ one to gain. It provides UAV pilots with industry experience which is vital when working on a highly regulated nuclear site.”  Amanda Smith, Sellafield UAV Equipment Programme Lead

“The most enjoyable aspect of the course has been learning about new planning and engineering construction industry procedures. I will recommend future drone pilots in Network Rail attend this course.”  Liam Barrington, Project Manager, Network Rail


5 days

Technical tests

Foundation industrial drones UAS operations


This test verifies technical competence by confirming that the candidate can:

  • complete a risk assessment
  • plan the flight
  • complete notifications before conducting the flight
  • fly to an object and collect data from around the object by taking photographs that meet strict quality requirements
  • download the data in a usable format
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