General VLOS Certificate (GVC) (Online & Classroom)


The GVC is a Remote Pilot Competency Certificate, suitable for VLOS (Visual Line of Sight) operations within the Specific Category. It enables you to apply for an Operational Authorisation, issued by the CAA and crucial for specific category operations. This course includes six online training modules accessed through RUAS Learning Management System, followed by 1-day classroom based training at RUAS’ training facility, The production of an Operations Manual followed by a practical flight assessment at a later date to suit the student. The student must hold an Operator & Flyer ID prior to arrival on the course.

Any questions, please contact a member of the RUAS Training Academy team on 01633 746170 or

1 Day Classroom Training
6 Online Training Modules
Operations Manual Support
Practical Assessment
Student Support
Written Theory Exam
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What is the General VLOS Certificate (GVC)?

On successful completion of the GVC you will be able to apply to the UK Civil Aviation Authority to gain your Operational Authorisation. The GVC qualification is valid for 5 years.

This qualification allows you to:

  • Fly drones up to 25 kg in built-up areas safely and legally.
Drone Training Offer

Online Pre-learning Modules

A lady taking a mock exam during drone training on a Mac.

One Day Classroom Training

A man wearing a high vis suit with the RUAS logo on it, at an airport. He's flying a Mavic 2 drone, to show the importance of FRZ.

Operational Evaluation (Flight Assessment)

Mavic 2 Drone in Flight

Completion of an Operations Manual

Penshaw Monument

Operational Authorisation Application Submission Assistance

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Our training locations

We run regular classroom based courses in Newport, South Wales. Other training locations may be available on request depending on group size. If you have more than 8 people in your group then we can arrange a location close to you.

Please just contact one of the members of the RUAS Training Academy team on 01633 746170 or with any location queries or requests.

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