ProctorU announced that AV8 Flight School will be the first drone aviation company in the UK to offer virtual training and invigilation for its drone aviation training including the Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) examination.

AV8 Flight School offers drone aviation training in a fully-supported virtual e-learning programme. Their CAA-approved course allows students to take course assessments and the PfCO examination with proctored online exam delivery, providing the flexibility to choose how, where and when they sit for exams.

AV8’s virtual course model was designed by aviation and instructional experts with the specific intention of being delivered via technology. When AV8 searched for an online invigilation solution for their course assessments, they wanted a vendor who placed the same priority on student experience.

“ProctorU’s automated invigilation platform paired with their Live Launch service allows our students to concentrate on the actual exam and not worry about the process of getting into the exam,” says Jon Anderson, CEO of AV8. “ProctorU greets our students with friendly human interaction and makes sure everything runs smoothly, resolving any technical issues that may arise.”

ProctorU Auto with Live Launch uses a live human proctor to verify test-taker identity and secure their testing environment, then launches them into their exam where an automated platform driven by artificial intelligence (AI) monitors and flags suspicious behaviors for review. The entire process is recorded, providing the necessary evidence in the event that a test-taker attempts to gain an unfair advantage or steal exam content.

“Remote invigilation is mutually beneficial to test-takers as well as training and certification bodies,” says Scott McFarland, ProctorU CEO. “It provides test-takers a convenient, cost-effective way to earn degrees, certifications or credentials while giving companies the ability to reach a wider audience of candidates at a lower cost than setting up a physical testing center infrastructure.”