441 Sutton Rd, Majura ACT 2609

(02) 6297 7187

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


FWPCOT3325 - Operate 4 wheel drive vehilce on unsealed roads

FWPCOT3325 Operate four wheel drive vehicle on unsealed roads


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

The unit applies to individuals who operate four-wheel drive vehicles in a variety of work settings and industry sectors, including forestry, agriculture, construction, tourism and energy.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, according to state/territory health and safety regulations, legislation and standards that apply to the workplace.

Individuals must hold a driver licence or a provisional driver licence prior to commencing this unit of competency.

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 FWPCOT3326 – Recover 4WD Vehicle.

In addition to our 4WD courses, we provide a weighing service for all your caravan and trailer requirements, and a nationally accredited Drive and Manoeuvre Trailers Course- AURTGA001 which provides participants the skills and knowledge required to drive and manouevre a caravan/trailer.

Course Details
  • $660 per student
  • All pricing is GST Free
  • Full payment must be made at time of booking

One day course from 8:30am – 4:30pm

Combination of theory and practical training
  1. Prepare for operations

    1.1 Access, interpret and apply vehicle manufacturer information relevant to operating a four wheel drive vehicle on unsealed roads

    1.2 Identify the structural and handling differences between a conventional two wheel drive vehicle and a four wheel drive vehicle

    1.3 Determine type of operation and ensure safe operating conditions

    1.4 Identify, fit and use suitable personal protective equipment

    1.5 Perform pre-start checks

    1.6 Establish and check communication with others, including convoy procedures

    1.7 Secure loads according to safety, environmental and regulatory requirements

    1.8 Research weather and topography for a planned trip on unsealed roads

  2. Operate vehicle on unsealed roads

    2.1 Check and change tyre pressure suitable for unsealed road according to workplace procedures

    2.2 Continually monitor the track to identify hazards, assess risks and select the best route according to safety and environmental requirements

    2.3 Identify situations where the engagement of four wheel drive is required and engage front hubs or centre differential lock where fitted

    2.4 Use range, gear, speed, driving and braking technique appropriate to surface conditions while maintaining control of vehicle at all times

    2.5 Check brake operation and undercarriage after operating vehicle on unsealed road conditions

    2.6 Park and shut down vehicle

  3. Ascend and descend slopes less than 15 degrees

    3.1 Inspect intended vehicle path before negotiation of slope

    3.2 Use appropriate range, gear, speed, driving and braking technique to negotiate a slope while maintaining control of vehicle

    3.3 Use appropriate braking methods, user applied and vehicle controlled function, where fitted, to descend a slope

    3.4 Maintain traction and minimise wheel spin

    3.5 Apply appropriate automatic and manual techniques when vehicle cannot proceed any further on a slope

  4. Complete operation

    4.1 Conduct a post-trip inspection of vehicle.

    4.2 Complete post-trip documentation, including maintenance and minor repairs report

  • Prepare for 4WD operations
  • Operate a 4WD vehicle on unsealed roads
  • Ascend and descend slopes on less than 15 degrees
  • Post trip inspections, documentation, maintenance and minor repairs
FWPCOT3325 Operate a 4WD Vehicle on Unsealed Roads

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.
  • Hold a current driver 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 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
  • Sutton Road Training Centre has automatic and manual transmission 4WD’s with winches and recovery equipment if required. Please enquire through the office for further details.
Lunch is not provided. A fridge and microwaves are available for use by students. Coffee, tea and biscuits are provided.
  • 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.  

In the circumstance that a student has previously completed training or has skills and experience relating to this course, they will be eligible to apply for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL). Credit transfers will also be offered when applicable.

Students have a right to appeal any assessment decision. A student wanting to make a complaint or appeal 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 request it via email. 

In the event that TISC is unable to complete the delivery of any of the course, a full refund will be issued. 

As part of TISC’s obligation to the learner, 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, course enrolment forms and course payment.

COVID 19 Policy

Your co-operation in helping to keep the Sutton Road Training Centre free of COVID-19 is required and appreciated. If you are unwell and have any common COVID-19 symptoms you should NOT attend the Centre.

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.

Gift certificates are available on request. Please contact the office for further information.

We recommend that students drive to our facilities. 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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