Why Choose Harness?

Harness is a leader in safety training and a major player in labour hire across a diverse range of mid-high risk environments and industries. With over a decade of operation, zero non-conformance issues since our inception as a Registered Training Organisation, we now train over 8,000 personnel each year – consistently supplying our clients with compliant, well-trained and safe employees. Through our rigorous training and passionate instructors, it is our vision to prevent fatalities and injuries, minimise down-time and reduce associated costs to individuals, to families, and to businesses.


Harness Training is delivering a one (1) day four-wheel drive (4WD) course focusing on providing trainees with the necessary skills to safely 'Operate and Maintain a four wheel drive vehicle'
At Harness we believe in providing an Adult Learning environment. This means that we take into consideration a trainee’s experience and employment history to better ascertain learning requirements.
The course covers techniques to adapt driving to suit road conditions, adhere to general four-wheel driving principles and basic roadside recovery.

Learning Outcomes:

Learning Methods:

The mode of delivery for this course is face to face in a classroom environment as well as significant practical elements outside of the classroom. 

In the delivery of this course, our trainers focus on providing an individualised adult learning environment that considers the learner’s experience and employment history. 

Theory is presented in a supportive learner centered environment designed to provide functional theoretical knowledge that is directly applicable to real world tasks.

Learning materials provided include the Harness student handbook and participants will be advised in advance of attending the course if there are any materials to be provided by them.

The assessment for this course has been designed to assess the individual to the Australian Qualification Framework, relevant Training Package, Australian and Industry expectations, as well as Commonwealth and State Legislation. 

Course Content

Throughout the Harness Operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle training focusses on 6 key areas to ensure you are adequately trained in all the skills necessary to operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle. 

Identify four-wheel drive specific terms, terminology and 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 two wheel drive and a four-wheel drive 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 four-wheel 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 


Contact us on  1800 HARNESS ( 61 7 3292 0700) or email admin@harnessenergy.com.au today to find out more!

You can view our terms and conditions and student handbook here before making a decision to train with us.