We provide the nationally accredited 1-day 4WD Training to Operate and Maintain 4WD Vehicles training that comprehensively educates participants on the operation and use of 4WD/4×4/four-wheel drive vehicles. This practical-oriented course includes off-road driving, ensuring proficient 4WD vehicle handling. It’s particularly relevant if you require a 4WD for work purposes, especially in remote areas common to industries like resources, mining, and energy. Driving, operating, and maintaining a 4WD vehicle demands specific skills.

In our one-day Harness course, you’ll grasp essential 4WD operation, terminology, checks, and different driving techniques across various driving surfaces. You’ll also delve into environmentally conscious off-road driving. Lastly, you’ll gain insight into vehicle recovery, along with vital maintenance and minor repair skills.

Our trainers boast substantial 4×4 vehicles and driving experience, contributing to training that enhances your 4WD driving for safety, proficiency and ultimately to help ensure everyone’s safe return home.

Course Dates

  • UOC: RIIVEH305F - Operate and maintain a 4WD
  • Cost: From $550
  • Duration: 1 day

Book in for 4WD Training Operate and Maintain 4WD Vehicles or Request Group Booking Discount for Delivery Onsite or at one of our Training Facilities: Brisbane, Chinchilla, Toowoomba

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Course Details



From $550



1 day



2 yrs

Delivery Methods

Delivery Methods

  • Classroom
  • On-site
  • In-person
  • Groups
Unit Of Competency

Unit Of Competency

RIIVEH305F - Operate and maintain a 4WD

The goal of this 4WD Training Operate and maintain 4WD vehicles training course is to ensure successful and safe off-road use of a 4WD vehicle. Throughout your training, we concentrate on key areas to thoroughly equip you with the skills needed to confidently operate a 4WD vehicle. The training provides an engaging experience through a blend of classroom, hands-on practice, and defensive 4WD driving. Central to this training is the practice of unique 4WD driving skills. Further detail on each of these topics is outlined below:

  • Understand four-wheel drive specific terms, terminology and 4WD techniques
  • Plan for minimal environmental impact
  • Perform pre-departure checks
  • Use four-wheel drive mode
  • Coordinate and recover a vehicle
  • Perform maintenance and minor repairs on four-wheel drive vehicles
The 6 primary areas of focus for the 4WD Training Operate and Maintain 4WD Vehicles Course include:
Understand four-wheel drive specific terms, terminology and 4WD techniques
  • Access, interpret and apply four-wheel drive vehicle documentation and ensure the work activity is compliant 
  • Identify the structural and handling differences between a conventional 2WD and a 4WD vehicle 
  • Identify and demonstrate the purpose and use of front wheel hubs 
  • Identify factors affecting tyre size, fitment, rating and pressure 
  • Identify recovery hooks and mounting features 
  • Identify hazards associated with incorrect use of vehicle features or equipment 
Plan for minimal environmental impact
  • Determine types of impact likely to occur during 4×4 driving activities 
  • Demonstrate compliance with land management principles and policies when planning exploration activities 
  • Comply with policies and management plans relevant to the activity area 
  • Plan and conduct activities in a manner which minimises environmental impact 
  • Adopt and implement procedures to ensure minimisation of harm to the environment from four-wheel drive activities 
  • Demonstrate cooperation and consideration towards other land users 
Perform pre-departure checks
  • Perform routine pre-departure checks under the bonnet, under the body, on external and internal items and accessories 
  • Take action to correct any deficiency 
  • Determine food and water requirements for the journey 
  • Select navigation equipment 
  • Interpret weather conditions, determine suitability for driving 
  • Apply safe vehicle loading practices 
  • Secure items of personal luggage 
  • Advise passengers of any special safety precautions to be taken when traversing rough terrain 
Use four-wheel drive mode
  • Operate four-wheel drive both on and off road, in accordance with road rules, principles of four-wheel driving and WHS regulations 
  • Apply smooth accelerator control strategies over a range of terrain types 
  • Demonstrate recommended braking techniques for hard top surfaces and off road conditions 
  • Identify situations where the engagement of four-wheel drive is required 
  • Engage four-wheel drive mode 
  • Survey track to identify hazards, assess risk and select a best route 
  • Select routes to minimise damage to the environment 
  • Use appropriate range, gear, speed driving and braking technique, negotiate a range of terrain types whilst maintaining control of vehicle, being aware of contextual/environment issues 
  • Maintain appropriate hand positioning on steering wheel 
  • Check brakes and undercarriage after negotiating varying terrain 
  • Assess and perform repairs to damaged tracks 
  • Use standard operating procedures when travelling in company with other vehicles 
Coordinate and recover a vehicle
  • Apply work procedures to ensure risk assessment, safe operating practices, and communication requirements are adhered to 
  • Identify equipment and methods to recover a stuck vehicle 
  • Identify risks associated with vehicle recovery and develop and implement strategies to minimise risks 
  • Identify correctly rated recovery equipment and attachment points 
  • Demonstrate procedures for preparing vehicles for recovery 
  • Identify techniques to minimise impact on the environment during vehicle recovery 
  • Coordinate safe recovery of a four-wheel drive vehicle using designated equipment and recovery method 
  • Perform post recovery checks and report any vehicle or environmental repairs needed 
  • Return recovery equipment to a reusable condition 
Perform maintenance and minor repairs on four-wheel drive vehicles
  • Select/access maintenance equipment, including spares and fluids, prior to departure, considering contextual issues of the trip 
  • Check vehicles prior to and regularly during trip, and perform routine maintenance/repair tasks 
  • Submit vehicle written performance reports 
  • Demonstrate safe use of a jack to change a wheel on a four-wheel drive vehicle

If you successfully complete this course, you will receive a certificate which indicates the Statement of Attainments as recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This is a nationally recognised certification. The Statement is issued by us, Harness Energy (RTO 40521).

The 4WD Training Operate and Maintain a 4WD ‘Statement of attainment’ is for the Nationally Accredited Units of Competency:

  • RIIVEH305F – Operate and maintain a 4WD Vehicle

The Certificate is usually needed as evidence for your employer for safety and compliance requirements.


Course Requirements

You must have a valid drivers Licence. All transport and loading equipment is provided. Wear suitable PPE,, bring water, sunscreen and outdoor protection. Please also review the general important information (relevant to ALL courses) contained in Important Course Requirements

Additional Infomation

Roles & Industries for 4×4 4WD Training Operate and Maintain 4WD Vehicles

  • Engineers
  • Maintenance staff
  • Operations staff
  • Agriculture
  • Chemical, Hydrocarbons & Refining
  • Oil & Gas,
  • Mining & Exploration
  • Construction
  • Water
  • Renewable Energy
  • Driving skills for a 4WD vehicle
  • Required to drive across varied terrains using a 4WD
  • Use of 4×4, 4WD vehicles remote work sites

Frequently Asked Questions

4WD Training is focused on teaching you real-life 4WD skills – however differences exist depending on if you are driving a work 4WD or your own for recreational purposes. Special knowledge, processes apply in the workplace when using work vehicles and this translates through to actual driving skills as well. As such the 4WD Training course we deliver is a nationally accredited course and is aimed at those who are in work with a substantial component of driver training of 4WD vehicles. 

This is a more involved 4WD course. It includes elements involving varied driving of 4WD’s across different terrains – it has a stronger focus on actual driving compared with Operate vehicles in the field. This is because this course is aimed at those who will need to use a 4WD for work and are most likely to take it into more remote/off-road and potentially more challenging conditions – where the knowledge acquired during this course will be valuable. 


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