What is an Advanced Rider?

RoSPA offers the highest standards of advanced motorcycle training

  • Although RoSPA Advanced Drivers was formed in 1980, its foundations can be traced back to 1955 and the Finchley Road Safety Council, who ran local advanced driving education based on police systems of control. From 2000, the organisation was rebranded as RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders (RoADAR). As with other post-test motorcycle training providers, RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders offer advanced motorcycle training based on Motorcycle Roadcraft and the Police Riders Handbook. Training is facilitated by volunteer tutors via RoSPA’s network of local groups and usually takes around nine months to complete. Additionally, RoSPA offers an intensive four-day advanced riding course.
  • RoSPA advanced training culminates with a RoSPA advanced test, with some riders going on to complete a RoSPA National Diploma in Advanced Riding Instruction. Uniquely, a RoSPA advanced test pass (Bronze, Silver or Gold) is only valid for three years – thus ensuring that high standards are maintained through regular re-testing.

RoSPA Gold is considered to be the highest civilian motorcycle training qualification available and is monitored and approved by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

  • RoSPA advanced motorcycle training is progressive, methodical and all–encompassing. Participants will gain advanced understanding of all aspects of motorcycle riding including controls, observations, the ‘system’, positioning, cornering, overtaking, use of speed, junctions, motorways, visibility and accident risk factors.

Examined by qualified police graded motorcyclists

RoSPA tests are examined by qualified police graded motorcyclists. Some of whom are also qualified police instructors, and many are serving police riders.

  • The test is based on a rider’s thorough knowledge of the Highway Code and the Police Foundation publication ‘Roadcraft: The Police Driver’s Handbook’. The outcome of a RoSPA advanced riding test will be either Bronze, Silver, Gold or a fail.
  • Failing the test is usually due to dangerous riding, excessive speed and/or violation of road traffic law. RoSPA Gold is a very significant achievement and is only awarded to the very best riders.
  • Further information about RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders can be found here [link].

What does advanced riding look like on the road? Have a look at RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders South Wales demonstrating their skills: