441 Sutton Rd, Majura ACT 2609

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FWPCOT3329 Perform complex four wheel drive operations

FWPCOT3329 – Perform complex four wheel drive operations


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

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely operate four-wheel drive vehicles in difficult terrain. Difficult terrain has surface conditions that include frequent steeps and/or rocks, slippery or sandy track sections, and including possible water crossings.

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 seeking to undertake this unit should have prior experience in operating four-wheel drive vehicles on unsealed surfaces.

Our subject matter experts can go to anywhere in Australia, to facilitate this course.

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

The course is delivered covering the following elements:

1. Prepare for complex four-wheel drive operations

1.1 Identify and assess types of trip and terrain being accessed for safe operating conditions

1.2 Check vehicle for suitability for the task

1.3 Identify and check operation of suitable communication equipment and protocols in the event of misadventure

1.4 Identify, fit and use suitable personal protective equipment

1.5 Secure loads according to safety, environmental and regulatory requirements

1.6 Ensure emergency rations food/water and clothing are carried

  1. Operate vehicle in steep terrain

2.1 Assess the steep terrain and determine what may cause loss of traction

2.2 Perform steep ascent and descent using appropriate driving methods

2.3 Perform forward and reverse stop start recovery on an incline according to the type of transmission

2.4 Set vehicle controls according to manufacturer specifications

  1. Operate vehicle over difficult terrain

3.1 Assess difficult terrain

3.2 Select appropriate wheel placement

3.3 Negotiate difficult terrain using vehicle’s traction aids

3.4 Identify impact that wet weather or wet tracks will have on driving style

3.5 Set vehicle controls according to manufacturer specifications

3.6 Check vehicle for damage after driving

  1. Operate vehicle through water crossing

4.1 Assess the water crossing

4.2 Identify wading depth of vehicle according to manufacturer specifications

4.3 Identify vulnerable mechanical aspects of the vehicle and prepare the vehicle for water crossing

4.4 Select appropriate range and gear and other traction aids for the water crossing

4.5 Perform water crossing by maintaining steady constant speed

4.6 Drain water from vehicle back into water crossing

4.7 Dry brakes after water crossing

  1. Perform post-trip tasks

5.1 Notify relevant personnel of trip completion

5.2 Complete post-trip inspection of vehicle

5.3 Record and report any repairs or replacement or damaged items to relevant personnel

  • Prepare for complex four wheel drive operations
  • Operate vehicle in steep terrain
  • Operate vehicle over difficult terrain
  • Operate vehicle through water crossing
  • Perform post-trip tasks
FWPCOT3329 Perform complex four wheel drive operations

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
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.
  • 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
  • We have automatic and manual 4WD vehicles for HIRE, with full recovery gear. Please contact the office for rates of hire.

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.

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 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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