This 4wd course is part of a nationally recognised qualification with Four Wheel Drive Queensland as the Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 5286)
RIIVEH305F Operate and maintain a 4WD
The course is competency based. There are theory sessions as well as driving sessions, which include written and practical tests. It is not designed to teach experience, which comes only after many years of actually driving in conditions that your vehicle is designed for.
The course will teach you the basic principles of Safety, Trip Preparation, Vehicle Maintenance and Servicing, along with knowledge of the fundamentals of a 4WD and the vehicles capabilities as well as basic driving techniques and recovery procedures.
Each course is broken up into theory and practical components designed to educate the most experienced member. Theory components cover many aspects of driving. Some of these subjects include:
Vehicle types and capabilities
How a 4WD works
Tyre selection, inflation and use
Pre-trip and during trip vehicle equipment and safety inspections
Different techniques for driving in varying terrains
The practical component consists of a full weekend where participants have the opportunity to learn and experience all of the different aspects of 4WDing in the field. Some of the topics covered on the weekend training include:
Principles of 4WDriving
Stop stall key start recoveries
Driving up and down moderate inclines
Driving techniques for different terrains
Approach, departure and ramp over angles
Driving on side slopes
Driving through water
Changing a tyre in uneven terrain
Snatch strap recoveries
Driving to cause minimal environmental impact
Using Convoy Procedure
The 4WD Course must be completed prior to undertaking the Advanced Course.