441 Sutton Rd, Majura ACT 2609

(02) 6297 7187

Mon - Fri 7:30am - 4:30pm


RIIVEH305F Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle

RIIVEH305F Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle


This course is nationally recognised and students who successfully complete the course will obtain a Statement of Attainment with the Unit of competency.

This course is designed to familiarise drivers with the accurate use of appropriate range (high or low range), gears and techniques to operate a 4WD through and over different and difficult terrain.  It includes the mechanical understanding and the capabilities and limitations of a 4WD vehicle, without harm to personnel, damage to the vehicle and equipment and minimum environmental damage.

It provides students with the skills and knowledge required to operate and maintain a four-wheel drive vehicle in both on and off road, in accordance with road rules, principles of four-wheel driving and WHS regulations according to manufacturer specifications in a range of situations.  The aim of this course is to develop the skills and knowledge required to operate a 4wd in a broad range of situations over a variety of terrain types by inspecting and surveying the track to identify hazards, assess risk and select the best route or options to eliminate, reduce the risk to an acceptable level. The course also includes the application of vehicle recovery techniques, vehicle inspection and maintenance checks.

The course applies to those operating a four-wheel who generally work or operate a 4wd under minimal supervision and undertake a broad range of skilled applications in varied contexts, using discretion and judgement in selecting equipment, services, or contingency measures.  The course includes training and assessment to coordinate safe recovery of a four-wheel drive vehicle using designated equipment and recovery methods, perform post recovery checks and report any vehicle or environmental repairs needed.

This 4WD driver training course is a popular pre-requisite for operating and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries.

Our subject matter experts can go to anywhere in Australia, to facilitate this course.  This skill set will be enhanced by obtaining the additional accredited one-day course SISODRV001 – Drive AWD/4WD vehicle on unsealed roads.

Course Details
  • $1,320 per student
  • All pricing is GST Free
  • Full payment must be made at time of booking

Two day course from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

A combination of theory in a classroom and outdoor practical training

The course is delivered covering the following elements:

  • Introduction and course overview
  • 4WD Features
  • 2WD / AWD / 4WD
  • Differential operation
  • How to engage 4WD
  • Diff Locks
  • Wind Up
  • Traction control devices, features, and operation
  • Operate four-wheel drive both on and off road, in accordance with road rules, principles of four-wheel driving and WHS regulations according to manufacturer specifications
  • Apply smooth braking and accelerator techniques over a range of terrain types
  • Emergency braking techniques for hard top surfaces and off-road conditions
  • Identify situations where the engagement of four-wheel drive is required
  • Knowledge of how to engage four-wheel drive mode in a variety of 4wd manufacturer brands
  • Track and ground appreciation to understand the varying conditions that apply to identify hazards, assess risks, and select the best route to avoid loss of traction
  • 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 according to workplace procedures Legislation
  • Entry, departure, and ramp over angles of the 4wd
  • Performing pre-departure checks
  • Carrying out stop stall key start recovery procedures (only applies to manual licensees)
  • Identifying and using multiple types of recovery equipment to recover a 4wd in a number of different scenarios
  • Wheel change
RIIVEH305F Operate and Maintain a Four Wheel Drive Vehicle

All students must –

  • Have a moderate level of English language, literacy and numeracy. The assessment is written in English and a translator is not permitted in the assessment. A language, literacy and numeracy assessment might require completion prior to enrolment.
  • Have received at least two COVID-19 Vaccinations.
  • Hold a current drivers licence. (Probationary Licence is accepted).
  • Have a completed TISC Enrolment Form with your Unique Student Identifier (USI) e-mailed to office@suttonroad.com.au together with your driver licence and proof of vaccination to finalise the full enrolment process.  A USI number can be obtained by logging on to www.usi.gov.au and is necessary to issue your Statement of Attainment on successful completion of the course.
  • Current Driver Licence
  • A registered, roadworthy 4WD.  
Lunch is provided for this course. If you have any dietary requirements you must advise our office a minimum of three working days prior to the course commencing. A fridge, microwave, tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.
  • Suitable enclosed shoes and comfortable clothing suitable for the expected weather.
  • High visibility vest. (We can provide you with one on the day)
  • Additional items depending on the weather such as a hat, sunscreen or rain jacket as part of the training is conducted outside.
  • A registered, roadworthy 4WD.  
  • Please ensure your vehicle is clean and presentable.
  • Please contact our office if you do not have your own 4WD vehicle.

The assessment consists of practical demonstration and written theory exams. The practical demonstrations are assessed both onsite and offsite.  

All students can apply for RPL by contacting the office prior to the commencement of course. You will be required to complete an application form and you must be able to support your application with documentary evidence. Please be aware that there are costs associated with this form of assessment and that you may not be eligible to undertake RPL for your requested course due to regulatory requirements.

Students have a right to appeal any assessment decision. In the event of a student wanting to make a complaint or appeal they will need to complete the Assessment Complaints and Appeals Recording Form. Students can obtain a hard copy of the Assessment Complaints and Appeals Recording Form from Reception or requesting it via email.

In the event that TISC was unable to complete the delivery of any of the course, a full refund would be issued to all enrolled students.

As part of TISC’s obligation to the student, we will ensure that all training is compliant with the Standards for Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) 2015. On successful completion of this course, all students will receive a statement of attainment which satisfies the requirements of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Framework.

TISC does not accept any tentative bookings and will only confirm a student’s enrolment upon receipt of the driver licence, COVID-19 vaccination status, course enrolment forms and course payment.

Cancellations made up to one week (7 days) prior to this course commencing will receive a full refund. Any cancellations made after this time will not be eligible for any refund.
Failure to attend training on the day will not result in a refund. TISC at their sole discretion may offer to rebook the student on a later course upon the presentation of a medical certificate for the course days that were missed.

We at located at 441 Sutton Road, Majura, ACT.  Our training facilities are located on the left side of the road, approximately 900m from the Sutton Rd/Pialligo Ave intersection. There is ample free onsite parking for students.

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