Advanced Training
Advanced Training
We specialise in advanced training and have gained an excellent reputation which has attracted riders from all over the UK and Europe.
Off Road Training
Off Road Training
New for 2017 - we are opening a facility where basic off road skills can be experienced on our Trial Bikes. A must for slow speed control and balance.
Pass Plus
Pass Plus
Congratulations on passing your test. Your training to date is focused on a standard necessary to pass your DSA test. From here on the focus changes.
Back To Biking
Back To Biking
Back to biking, or just wishing to increase your confidence we can tailor a course to meet your needs.
Training towards a Rospa / IAM riding qualification
Training towards a Rospa / IAM riding qualification
After an advanced qualification or coming up for a retest. With many of our instructors being examiners we are in a position of authority to help you.
DVD Available
DVD Available
We often use cameras as a training aid, but also offer a DVD of your training, which not only captures your riding, but also the instructors commentary.

 

About Us

Total Advanced Training was formed in 2005 following increased demand from riders who want to benefit from police officer’s riding skills and experience.

We believe that your course will only be as good as the instructor teaching you. Although there are many companies that offer advanced training we believe that few have the same caliber of staff. Most training courses will be conducted by our chief instructor and Director of training Mick Jones, however if this is not possible other instructors who are either serving or ex-Police officers and trained to the very highest standard will assist with training. They have undertaken work such as covert surveillance riding for the National and Regional Crime Squads, the Flying Squad as well as regular traffic duties. To attain these skills each have undertaken many weeks of intensive training and of course years of experience. It is this experience which means that several of our instructors are also assessors for the national Bikesafe rider safety scheme for Essex.

We have also endeavored to convert the Police skills into civilian qualifications that may be familiar to you. The level of Police training means that our instructors automatically qualify as RoSPA Gold standard, the highest qualification for riding skills and membership of the IAM. Some have also attained a RoSPA Diploma the highest qualification for teaching advanced riding.

All this obviously means that they are good riders but what about teaching and communication skills. Being a police officer demands high level communication skills and officers are provided with numerous courses to improve these skills. Some attend specific instructor’s courses whilst others are fully qualified Driving Standards Agency approved instructors and are also licensed to teach novices. This means that they are qualified teachers so have the techniques and skills necessary to teach you in an effective manner

Our Instructor’s Profiles

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Principal Instructor Profile: Mick Jones

Mick started riding bikes off road when he was 13 years old and by the age of 15 was a competitive trials rider. On joining the police his career path led towards the CID and later as a detective on Regional and National Crime Squads retiring as Detective Chief Inspector. The covert policing teams presented him with an opportunity to become a surveillance motorcyclist, following people involved in terrorism, organized crime, kidnap and extortion, on a daily basis often in life threatening situations. Police surveillance riders were expected to conduct high speed riding/pursuits and still be able to safely negotiate red traffic lights, congested

In order to qualify Mick had to undertake the normal Traffic Police Motorcyclist Courses as well as specific courses aimed at covert riding and driving. He clearly had a natural flair as he scored the highest mark in his group and later another instructor quoted on an advance test “he has the highest level of anticipation I have ever come across”.

After 20 years on police bikes and owning numerous bikes in 2003 Mick diverted his skills towards motorcycle training ranging from teaching CBT’s to advance riding. He is a holder of both IAM and RoSPA Gold Qualifications. He also holds a RoSPA Btec Diploma in advanced motorcycle tuition and is the Regional Examiner for RoSPA. He was a DSA approved instructor for CBT and DAS, and is currently a Bike Safe Assessor. These skills have been recognised nationally, with Mick being a resident expert for ‘Bike’ Magazine and a columnist for the Driving/Riding Instructors Association (D.I.A). He also can often be found on the biker circuit, as a guest speaker.

 

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Instructor Profile: Nick Brown

Nick is a retired Police Officer from the Met, finishing his career in the Special Escort Group, during his career he was also a member of the road policing unit, and was involved in the introduction of Bikesafe-london, where he stayed for 5 years. He has been involved in Bike training for over 20 years from being a CBT and DAS instructor to being a member of the RoSPA diploma training team.He is a member of the IAM, is a RoSPA diploma holder, and has a City and Guilds in teaching advanced riding. Currently has 2 Triumphs and a 1981 LC 250

 

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Instructor Profile: Ray Jeffery

Ray recently retired from Essex Police having been a member of the Police Motorcycle Unit. He has been a Police Motorcyclist since 1996 and is advanced trained class 1 in both cars and bikes. Ray is also trained in VIP escorts and has escorted the Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Anne on their visits to the County. He has been a regular assessor for Bike Safe in Essex and has appeared more than most on the TV documentary ‘Emergency Bikers’. He currently owns BMW R1200GSA, Honda ST1300 Pan European and Suzuki GT750 ‘Kettle’.

 

Instructor Profile: Mel Branch

Mel is a serving officer on the Road Policing Unit. She holds an advanced class 1 driving and riding permits and has appeared on the TV documentary ‘Emergency Bikers’. She has been described as being one of the most technically gifted police riders attaining an exceptionally high grade on her police advanced course. Mel is also a Rospa Examiner for both cars and bikes. Her own bike is a Honda VFR 800.

 

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Instructor Profile: Mick Wills

Mick is very accomplished Police Motorcyclist currently working on the Casualty Reduction Unit. He is also a Police Instructor and trains/examines officers attending bike courses. He has been a familiar face on the TV documentary ‘Emergency Bikers’. Mick is also a Rospa examiner for both cars and bikes. His current bike is a Triumph Explorer.