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Specialist Operations Academy

Specialist Operations Academy (SOA) is a training school located in Atherton, Greater Manchester offering specialist driving courses to individuals and businesses worldwide. All our instructors are former Greater Manchester Police, Class 1 VIP trainers. Lead instructor Martin successfully ran the Elite VIP and Specialist Escort Group sections for Greater Manchester Police which oversaw all Royal and high ranking dignitaries visits to the North of England.

To ensure the training is as ‘real to life’ as possible all vehicles utilised on the course are within three years old, automatic ‘Executive Class’ cars. Whilst undertaking the practical side of the training the students can enjoy the quality driving experience and advanced modern technology that industry leading manufacturer car brands such as Mercedez-Benz, Audi and BMW can provide. When students aren’t behind the wheel in practical training they’ll be undertaking the theory side of training in our first class facilities.

Whether you’re driving the chief executive, senior director, celebrity, football star or member of parliament you are responsible for their safety whilst in your care. Undertaking the advanced security driving course will make you more alert to potential risks and enable you to prepare more effectively to avoid any potential threats. If anything should occur you will certainly be in a better position to deal with any incidents should they arise. Thus providing a more professional service and offering peace of mind for the client.

If you want to develop your driving skills or are looking to gain employment within a highly rewarding industry then Specialist Operations Academy can make you more security aware and give you the skills you’ll need when encountering any given situation.

The Specialist Operations Academy (SOA) courses are a pass or fail format and the contents are built on the foundations of Roadcraft and the Highway Code.

Why Choose Us?

Specialist instruction from former Greater Manchester Police VIP trainers and Royalty Protection Officers with a combined experience of over 50 years service.

  • Intensive advanced defensive driver training.
  • The correct balance of practise and theory – 80/20 which we believe is very important.
  • Top of the range vehicles and state of the art training facilities.
  • Comprehensive advice about the professional aspects of the Security Chauffeur role.

There are a vast array of well paid opportunities both here in the UK and abroad for suitably qualified individuals to have a long term career in this field. We can provide advice and contacts for securing professional driving work in the UK and abroad.

In an extremely competitive market you need to give yourself the competitive edge


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First class training. Can’t fault the Instructors who between them have a vast range of knowledge. They’ve been there and done it. What more do you need.

Peter Johnson

Security Professional

Professional well run course.

After surfing the internet I luckily came across the S.O.A advertised advanced/security driving course whilst looking for similar courses throughout the UK.
I was pleasantly surprised being from the north west that the course was near Manchester as all the other courses are run down south in the London area.
After talking on the phone to Rob the director of the course I felt reassured and comfortable to pay a deposit to secure my place on the 7 day course in August 2017.

Now after completing the course I can gladly highly recommend the course.
I am myself a managing director of a 5 star hospitality company based in Thailand and understand high expectations.
The course has excellent facilities using quality equipment, the instructors are first class with genuine experience.
I came away from the course with a much greater knowledge of safe advanced driving and security procedures, also much to my delight a pass certificate for advance driving to the gold standard awarded by ROSPA.

So lastly I would just like to say a big thank you to Rob and the two instructors Martin and Pete.
If you are looking to do this course contact S.O.A you will not be disappointed, good luck.

Mark Rollins

Security Professional

Just finished my 7 days training at Special Operations Academy, I didn’t want the week to end, I’ve had a great time.

The instructors were first class bringing their combined years of experience to the course ,we have had plenty of laughs all week whilst still being professional .

I’ve drove for a living my whole working life covering more than 2 million miles and thought I could drive , how wrong I was i, I’m a much better driver now ,more aware and better at judging situations ( although it takes some self-discipline not to do a J Turn out of the Mc Donald’s car park ) GREAT COURSE , GREAT INSTRUCTORS AND GREAT FACILITIES just sad I’m back to the real world Monday!

GREAT COURSE , GREAT INSTRUCTORS AND GREAT FACILITIES just sad I’m back to the real world Monday!

Martin Vickers

Close Protection Operative