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4WDrive Courses

4WDriving can be about adventure, thrill-seeking, enjoying the great outdoors, getting off the beaten track.

It can be a useful qualification for your career, time away with family and friends and many other things besides—but it’s also about safety.

You need to be safe. Your family and friends need to have confidence in your driving and decision-making. And you need the peace of mind that comes with confidence in your vehicle, your abilities and your judgment.

So whatever your level—the enthusiastic novice or the experienced 4WDriver who wants to keep their skills current—it’s critical that you get the highest standard of training with the most up-to-date training techniques.

Our nationally recognised courses meet industry-specific competency standards across everything you need to know to get off the road, including:

Preparation

    • Suitability & correct use of equipment
    • Physiological well-being
    • Food, water & clothing requirements
    • Observation and planning skills
    • Extreme environmental conditions

Environmental

      • Impact of 4WD vehicles
      • Code of ethics / conduct
      • Seasonal closures
      • Weather information & signs

How a 4WD works:

        • Basic vehicle knowledge
        • Differential action, transmission windup
        • Part time 4WD, constant 4WD
        • Freewheeling hubs
        • Gear ratios and their uses
        • Vehicle preparation, inspection & maintenance
        • Safety and environmental issues

Driving:

        • Tyres and tyre pressure
        • Correct driving techniques
        • Driving in hazardous situations
        • Driving with ABS brakes
        • Traction aids & traction control
        • City and bush driving
        • Vehicle placement and traction
        • Emergency reverse, stall stopping & key starting obstacles ditches, logs & rocks
        • Ascents and descents
        • Side slopes
        • Fording and wading
        • Wheel/tyre changing (including in difficult conditions)
        • Steering, braking & gear changing
        • Attitude and professionalism
        • Wheel chains and fit
        • Night driving in the bush

Recovery:

        • De-bogging
        • Jacking
        • Towing and the correct use of the dynamic tow strap
        • Winching technique
        • Accessories
        • Tools

Camping:

        • Low impact camping
        • Equipment selection
        • Site selection & maintenance
        • Loading the vehicle

Basic 1 Day Introduction to 4WDrives & 4WDriving Course

This is a one day 9:00am to 4:00pm course.

This course covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use appropriate range, gear and techniques to drive a four wheel drive or all-wheel drive on unsealed roads. It covers driving on graded formed dirt roads with slight to moderate inclines.

UnitInvestment 
1 Day Basic/Introduction to 4WDrives & 4WDriving (no units issued)
$580-  
Additional Optional Units that can be added    
AHCMOM205A Operate Vehicles $30-  
RIIVEH201B Operate Light Vehicle $30-  
TLIB2004A Carry Out Vehicle Inspection $30-  
TLIU3014A Operate Vehicle in an Environmentally Sustainable Manner $30-  

Intermediate 2 Day 4WDrive Course

The PNL 4WDriving Intermediate 2 Day & 1 evening course covers the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to use appropriate range, gear and techniques to drive a four wheel drive vehicle through and over a variety of terrain types including operations over rugged terrain and water crossings. This also includes the application of basic vehicle recovery techniques and maintenance. Application of the course The course involves performing complex 4x4 operations in a variety of work settings, including:

  • forest environments
  • timber & wood products productions
  • farms
  • agriculture
  • workshops
  • domestic
  • nurseries
  • local councils
  • Mining
  • Infrastructure
  • Transport
  • Emergency services
  • Recreation
  • All 4WD activities

 The skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance are to be used within the scope of the person's job and authority.

UnitInvestment 

SISODRV302A Drive and Recover a 4WDrive Vehicle
TLIB2004A Carry Out Vehicle Inspection

$740-  
Additional Optional Units that can be added    
AHCMOM205A Operate Vehicles $30-  
FPICOT3259A Operate a Four Wheel Drive on Unsealed Roads $30-  
FPIFGM3215A Perform Complex 4x4 Operations $30-  
PMASUP236B Operate Vehicles in the Field $30-  
RIIVEH201B Operate Light Vehicle $30-  
RIIVEH305A Operate and Maintain a Four Wheel Drive Vehicle $30-  
SISODRV201A Drive AWD 4WD Vehicles on Unsealed Roads $30-  
SISODRV405A Coordinate Recovery of 4WDrive Vehicles (winching) $30-  
 TLIC2025A Operate Four Wheel Drive Vehicle $30-  
     

Advanced 4WD Course 2 Day (including 1st evening)

The advanced courses further enhance the skills gained on the Intermediate course and more advanced vehicle recovery.

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to select and use appropriate range, gear and techniques to drive a four wheel drive vehicle through and over difficult terrain also to coordinate recovery of a four wheel drive vehicle using advanced techniques and equipment such as a recovery or snatch strap, winch and jack. This includes the performance of maintenance and minor repairs on four wheel drive vehicles.

Application of the course

This course applies to those who drive 4WD vehicles in difficult terrain for work or recreational purposes. It applies to those working autonomously as four wheel drive adventure guides or program managers and may include those working for private four wheel drive schools or clubs who are responsible for planning, organising and implementing four wheel drive programs in difficult terrain.

This course may also apply to leaders working for outdoor education or adventure providers; volunteer groups; not-for-profit organisations or government agencies.

Pre-Requisites

SISODRV302A Drive and Recover a 4WD Vehicle
TLIB2004A Carry Out Vehicle Inspection

UnitInvestment 

SISODRV404A Drive a 4WD Vehicle in Difficult terrain
SISODRV405A Coordinate Recovery of 4WD Vehicles (Winching)

$820-  
Additional Optional Units that can be added    
FPIFGM3215A Perform Complex 4x4 Operations (no Recovery) $30-  
FPICOT3260 Recover four wheel drive vehicles (Winching) $30-  

Chainsaw Course

Chainsaw Trim and Cut Felled Trees

The chainsaw course will equip you with skills to use and maintain a chainsaw in a safe efficient manner, to trim and cut felled trees. What this means is that you will no longer be stressed out when you look at a tree that is blocking your path. You will be able to assess the branches and understand where the compressions and tensions are so that you can make an informed decision as to whether you are capable of opening the track or need to report it to the authorities, because it is beyond your ability / training to safely tackle.(Better to play safe than be sorry)

It is intended for use in situations where the production of timber is not the primary focus of the activity.

 

Application of the course

This course involves trimming and cutting felled trees with a chainsaw in a variety of work settings including a forest, agriculture, domestic, local council and emergency services environment, as relevant to the unit

UnitInvestment 
FPICOT2239A Trim and Cut Felled Trees $620-  

The skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance are to be used within the scope of the person's job and authority

Vehicle Servicing and Maintenance

Knowing about correct vehicle servicing and maintenance can prevent; costly repairs and issues that compromise safety. You wouldn’t be the first, or the only, to not know how to properly maintain your vehicle or what exactly servicing is.

What and how to check your vehicle out before and during an extended tour.

Has your mechanic done his job correctly and completely.
Do you know how to check your wheel bearings?
Can you service your wheel bearings?

The course involves the application of routine inspection and servicing principles and procedures to check the safety and operation of a vehicle across a variety of operational contexts.

Application of the course

The course covers the identification of servicing requirements, preparation for work, correct handling of lubricants and fluids, completion of servicing and work finalisation processes, including documentation.
Work involved includes the routine and scheduled servicing of vehicles and equipment.
Work requires individuals to demonstrate discretion, judgement and problem-solving skills in managing own work activities and contributing to a productive team environment.

UnitInvestment 
TLIB2003A Carry Out Vehicle Servicing and Maintenance $620-  
Additional Optional Units that can be added    
TLIB2004A Carry Out Vehicle Inspection $30-  
AURT200108A Carry Out Servicing Operations $30-  

Trailer Towing

Do you regularly tow a trailer, Camper or Van?

Ensure tow vehicle and van are correctly set-up, level and balanced before heading off.

  • Safety and towing regulations
  • Pre and post trip inspections
  • Trailer dimensions
  • Types of hitches
  • Loads and loading
  • Driving, handling and braking techniques
  • Turning, reversing and parking using guides and mirrors.
  • Reversing is easier than you think, provided you do it slowly and take your time.

Application of the course

This course covers the competence required to drive and manoeuvre trailer and includes identification and confirmation of work requirement, preparation for work, safe driving, manoeuvring and parking of trailer(s), disconnecting trailer(s) from vehicle and completion of work finalisation processes, including clean-up and documentation.

Work requires individuals to demonstrate judgement and problem-solving skills in managing own work activities and contributing to a productive team environment.

UnitInvestment 
TLIB2008A Carry Out Inspection of Trailers
SITTHPR303A Tow and Site a Recreational Vehicle Safely
$580-  
Additional Optional Units that can be added    
AURT337119A Drive and Manoeuvre Trailer(s) $30-  
MSARVG201A Tow a Recreational Vehicle Safely $30-  

First Aid (Remote)

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required for the provision of first aid to a casualty in a remote or isolated area and their management over an extended period of time until medical assistance or evacuation of the casualty occurs.

Application of the course

This course is appropriate for those undertaking first aid works in remote or isolated workplace situations.

These skills and knowledge may be applied in a range of situations, including community and workplace settings.

This may include those undertaking a leadership role in outdoor activities, such as four wheel driving, bushwalking or other guided and unguided activities in remote locations.

UnitInvestment
HLTFA301C Apply first aid
HLTFA302B Provide first aid in remote situation
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TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

This qualification reflects the roles of individuals delivering training and assessment services in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Achievement of this qualification or an equivalent by trainers and assessors is a requirement of the Australian Quality Training Framework Essential Standards for Registration (Standard 1 as outlined in Appendix 2 of the Users' Guide to the Essential Standards for Registration).

This qualification, or the skill sets derived from units of competency within it, is also suitable preparation for those engaged in the delivery of training and assessment of competence in a workplace context, as a component of a structured VET program.

Job roles

Job roles associated with this qualification relate to the delivery of training and assessment of competence within the VET sector. Possible job titles and roles relevant to this qualification include:

  • enterprise trainer
  • enterprise assessor
  • registered training organisation (RTO) trainer
  • RTO assessor
  • training adviser or training needs analyst
  • vocational education teacher.
UnitInvestment
TAEASS401B Plan Assessment Activities and Processes
TAEASS402B Assess Competence
TAEASS403B Participate in Assessment Validation
TAEDEL401A Plan, Organise and Deliver Group-based Learning
TAEDEL402A Plan, Organise and Facilitate Learning in the Workplace
TAEDES401A Design and Develop Learning Programs
TAEDES402A Use Training Packages and Accredited Courses to Meet Client Needs
TAEDEL301A Provide Work Skill Instruction
TAEASS301B Contribute to Assessment
TAEASS502B Design and Develop Assessment Tools
BSBCMM401A Make a Presentation
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4WDrive Instructor

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to instruct four wheel driving skills. This unit focuses on planning, instructing and evaluating instructional four wheel driving sessions to enable participants to achieve the skills and knowledge required to participate independently in four wheel driving activities.

Application of the course

This course applies to leaders working autonomously as four wheel drive instructors or program managers. This may include those working for private four wheel drive schools or clubs and are responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating four wheel drive programs and activities in varied terrain. This will require contingency planning for complex and non-routine situations.

This unit may also apply to leaders working for outdoor education or adventure providers; volunteer groups; not-for-profit organisations or government agencies.

UnitInvestment
SRXRIK001A Undertake Risk Analysis SRXEMR001A Respond to Emergency Situations
SRXEMR002A Coordinate Emergency Response
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Module 2B - MINIMAL IMPACT  
SROOPS002B Plan for Minimal Environmental Impact SROOPS004B Interpret Weather Conditions in the Field
SROOPS006B Use and Maintain a Temporary or Overnight Site
 
Module 6 - MAPPING AND COMMUNICATIONS  
SRONAV001B Navigate in Tracked or Easy Untracked Areas
TDTH197C Interpret Road Maps and Navigate Pre Determined Routes
TDTH297C Plan and Navigate Routes
PUAOPE002A Operate Communications Systems and Equipment
 
Module 7 - FIRST AID  
SRXFAD001A Provide First Aid
SRXRIK001A Undertake Risk Analysis of Activities
SRXOHS001B Follow Defined Occupational Health and Safety Policies and Procedures
 
Module 8 - GUIDE OUTDOOR RECREATION  
SROODR005A Guide Outdoor Recreation Sessions
SROODR004A Assist in Conducting Outdoor Recreation Sessions
 
Module 9 - GUIDE 4WD TOURS  
SRODRV004A Guide 4WD Tours  
Module 10 - WORKPLACE TRAINING  
TAEDEL401A Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
TAEDEL402A Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
TAEDEL301A Provide work skill instruction
TAEDEL404A Mentor in the workplace
TAEDES402A Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs
TAEDES401A Design and develop learning programs
 
Module 11 - INSTRUCT 4WD SKILLS  
SRODRV005A Instruct 4WD Driving Skills  
Module 12 - UNITS FOR COMPLIANCE WITH ADVENTURE ACTIVITY STANDARDS  
SRXGRO001A Facilitate a Group
SRXGRO002A Deal with Conflict
 

4WDrive Tour Guide / Operator

This course describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to organise and lead four wheel drive groups / tours in remote situations where you have to cope with unexpected situations that may arise. The course covers pre trip planning, licencing requirements, commentaries, resource allocation,

Application of the course

This course applies to tour operators who operate day tours or extended outback and remote tours of several days' duration to one or more destinations using 4WD vehicles as the form of transportation. Personnel who operate with some level of autonomy or under limited supervision and guidance from others are responsible for driving these specialist vehicles. This function is undertaken by people such as owner-operators of a tour operating business, tour guides and driver guides.

UnitInvestment
SRODRV004A Guide 4WD Tours
SITTTOP003A Operate and Maintain a 4WD Tour Vehicle (4 day course)
SITTGDE001A Work as a Guide
SITTGDE003A Coordinate and Operate a Tour
SITTGDE004A Lead Tour Groups
SITTGDE006A Prepare and Present Tour Commentaries or Activities
SITTGDE007A Develop and Maintain the General and Regional Knowledge Required by Guides
SITTIND001A Develop and Update Tourism Industry Knowledge
SITTTOP001A Allocate Tour Resources
SITTTOP002A Load Touring Equipment and Conduct Pre Departure Checks
SITTTOP004A Set Up and Operate a Camp Site
SITTTOP005A Provide Camp Site Catering
SITTTOP006A Operate Tours in a Remote Area
SITXCOM001A Work with Colleagues and Customers
SITXCOM002A Work in a Socially Diverse Environment
SITXOHS001A Follow Health, Safety and Security Procedures
SITXOHS003A Identify Hazards, and Assess and Control Safety Risks
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PNL 4WDriving offer a variety of other training courses all are in some way associated with 4WDriving.

If you have been unable to find what you require please contact us to discuss.

  • Outline

  • Basic

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

  • Chainsaw

  • Servicing & Maintenance

  • Trailer Towing

  • First Aid Remote

  • Cert IV

  • 4WD Instructor

  • 4WD Tour Guide/Operator

  • Other

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