Leading drone professionals in the UK awarded NVQ diplomas for the first time


Employees at a digital consultancy firm have received NVQ diplomas from drone training experts after undertaking a UAV course.

RUSTA awarded Amy Cheesman and Sophie Harwood of Waldeck Consulting with Proqual NVQ Level 4 diplomas.

The pair were the ambassadors for Waldeck, completing their original UAV course in April 2017.

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Amy, a UAV and digital capture leader, and Sophie, a UAV and digital capture specialist at Waldeck Consulting, completed three of the NVQ course’s mandatory units.

The mandatory units include demonstrating knowledge of regulations, safety issues, pre-flight processes and procedures, flight manoeuvres and emergency procedures.

Sion Roberts, managing director at RUSTA, said: “Congratulations to Amy and Sophie for achieving their ProQual NVQ Level 4 diploma. As one of only three training academies in the UK to administer NVQ qualifications, we’re extremely proud to be able to offer both an NVQ Level 3 certificate and NVQ Level 4 diploma in the remote piloting of unmanned aircraft systems for commercial operations.”

Established in 2014, RUSTA were one of the original drone and UAV academies in the UK, training operators to be able to use their drones for commercial purposes.

All instructors have a Royal Air Force or Army Air Corps background, with thousands of hours flying experience on both manned and unmanned platforms.

Being measured within the National Qualification Framework, which is regulated by Ofqual, RUSTA’s NVQ courses are recognised both nationally and internationally.

Roberts added: “This is not to be confused with the Permission for Commercial Operation (PFCO) awarded by the CAA which allows them to operate UAV’s in the UK airspace. The NVQs are a separate award and further recognises that they have the expertise of flying drones professionally for commercial purposes.”

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