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Specialist Operations Academy

The Gold Standard in Security Driver Training

Delivering RoSPA Accredited Gold Standard Training

From SOA’s State of the art Facility in the heart of the Northwest

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Specialist Operations Academy

Specialist Operations Academy in the Heart of Greater Manchester offering RoSPA Accredited specialist driving courses to NGO’s, individuals and businesses worldwide. All our instructors are former Greater Manchester Police Class 1 VIP trainers. SOA’s lead instructor ran the Elite VIP and SEG sections for Greater Manchester Police and oversaw all Royal visits to the North of England.

All on-road vehicles are automatic ‘Executive Class’ and what you would expect to be driving in the real world.

Whether you are driving a UHNWI, a chief executive or a member of parliament you are responsible for their safety. Being a Security trained driver, you are therefore in a much better position to deal with any incident should it arise.

If you are in this field or if you are looking to gain employment within this 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.

Specialist Operations Academy courses are pass or fail and built on the foundations of Roadcraft and RoSPA.

Why Choose Us?

Accredited by RoSPA, one of only a handful of courses in the world to gain such high recognition

Instruction from former Greater Manchester Police VIP trainers and Royalty Protection officers with combined experience of over 50 years.

  • Intensive advanced defensive driving training (to RoSPA’s international standard
  • The correct balance of practise and theory – 80/20 which we believe is very important and starts at SOA’S state of the art facility in Greater Manchester
  • Comprehensive advice about the professional aspects of the Security Chauffeur role (e.g. route recces, embus/debus drills, surveillance awareness and detection, escort driving drills and reaction-to-attack awareness).

All SOA courses encompass the widely respected RoSPA Advanced Driving qualification. And SOA’s RoSPA accredited status.

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