For no-fly zones and advanced operations. With official EASA STS certificate in Q4 2022.

Operating in no-fly zones, sea ports and flying with heavy drones in built environments. That's all possible in the specific category.

Deepen your knowledge about operating in the specific category. The theory can be followed completely online and is intended to let you understand the basics of flight rules, EU legislation, permissions, STS's and more.

A certificate of completion will be issued after passing the online theory exam, which contains 40 multiple-choice questions. Use this certificate as robust proof for training the drone pilot. It does help and moreover, it is required!

For the practical part of this training you are going to visit us in Arnhem, the Netherlands. Practical training with exam is required for drone pilots who are going to fly in the specific category.

Order this training and get 90 days access to study online.

  • Exam 24/7 available online
  • Free resits
  • Theory about STS/PDRA/SORA
  • EASA STS theory certificate
  • Practical training in English
  • Including practical exam
  • Certificate of completion
  • Excellent customer service

Specific category training

Tax included
  • Best digital learning environment

    You will learn in an excellent online learning environment that helps and supports you.

  • 95% Success rate

    Many participants have preceded you in Drone Class in the past two years. Successfully!

  • Free reference book

    You will receive a free reference book with the drone rules to keep.

Theory specific category

Target audience

Drone pilots who will operate in controlled airspace (CTR), ports or other no-fly zones with multirotors. The drone pilot falls under a company (operator) that needs permission from the NAA to operate in the specific category.


The theory course takes up to 20 hours online. You can learn at your own pace. Practical training (3 hours) and exam (3 hours) take place in the Netherlands. If your flight skills in ATTI mode are sufficient we can combine training and exam on the same day.


The theory course costs 599 euros (incl. VAT). This includes the online exam and free unlimited resits.


The theory course is concluded with an online exam (40 multiple-choice questions).

Admission requirements

You have obtained the EU Drone License (A1-A3 and A2) or you order also this training together.


You will receive a certificate of completion for the theory course and in Q4 2022 the official EASA STS certificate.

What do you learn in the course?

  • All about EASA STS and PDRA
    You know the concepts, procedures and limits.
  • EU legislation
    You know more about the underlying laws.
  • SORA
    An introduction to this advanced risk analysis.
  • More about UAS, charting and navigation
    Other useful modules with specific topics.
  • Insights
    A clear picture of operating in the specific category.

Suitable drones for the specific category

Any weight
  • DJI Matrice 300
  • DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced

What will you receive from us?

90 days of access

You have a total of 90 days of access to Online Learning.

Including exams

Exams are of course included in the price.


Ask questions to our drone experts online.


Download your reference book for free and to keep.


Receive a discount on your general liability insurance.

Receive benefits

Your online training will bring you many benefits. For example, after completing the training, you will receive a free reference book with the most important drone rules at a glance. Furthermore, as a Drone Class customer, you are eligible for a discount on Flight Deck's general liability drone insurance. If you are living nearby you can also come to us for attractively priced flying lessons, near Arnhem.

Order your training and take advantage of:

  • Free reference book
  • €15,- discount on liability insurance
  • Excellent customer service
  • Unlimited free resits
Order the training

Frequently asked questions

  • When is the specific category mandatory?

    You will fly in the specific category if you cannot perform the operation in the open category and it is not too risky for the certified category.

  • Does a company need permission from the NAA?

    Yes, only pilot training is not sufficient to fly legally in the specific category. The operator (company, organization), that will conduct flights, needs authorization from a NAA first.

  • Do I need practical training?

    Yes, EU legislation requires flight skills regarding the drone pilot. For flying drones in a EASA STS-01, PDRA-S01 or VLOS flight. However there is no EASA practical certificate. In the Netherlands you need our practical training and this can be the case in other EU countries as well.

  • Can I read the syllabus?

    Please contact us by email and we will send you the syllabus and assessment sheet.

  • Is Drone Class a certified flight school?

    We are recognised by the Dutch government as a flight school (NL-RTF-505/2) and designated entity UAS (2020-66581).

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