Off-road four wheel drive (4x4) training

Course details

Name:Off-road four wheel drive (4x4) training
Description:How to safely operate a four wheel drive vehicle off-road and use vehicle recovery techniques.
Cost:From $645 GST free depending on location. Includes manual.
Bring your own 4x4 vehicle.
Course aims:
  • Maintain and operate a 4WD vehicle safely and effectively under a range of off-road conditions
  • Carry out 4WD vehicle recovery operations safely and effectively
Learning outcomes:
  • Operate 4WD vehicles safely and effectively
  • Operate vehicle on, or across, a slope
  • Operate vehicle ascending a steep slope including stall recovery
  • Operate vehicle descending a steep slope including stall recovery
  • Operate jack
  • Operate vehicle in rugged terrain
  • Negotiate water crossings
  • Recover vehicle
Length:2 days
Course program/structure:

Day 1:

  • Four wheel driving theory
  • Maintenance and vehicle set up
  • Field exercises – dirt road driving, slopes, rugged terrain driving

Day 2:

  • Stall recovery
  • Vehicle recovery techniques – snatch straps, electric winching and jacking
  • Field exercises – negotiating mud, sand, and water crossings
Resources and method of delivery:

Participants receive the NSW DPI publication A Field Guide to Four-Wheel Driving.

This practical course is delivered using indoor and outdoor instruction.


This course is mapped to the following national units of competency:

  • FWPCOT3259 - Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads
  • FWPCOT3260 - Recover four wheel drive vehicles

*Note: This course requires competent operation of a manual gearbox. If you are unsure whether you meet these requirements, please talk to our short course coordinator before enrolment.

Four-wheel drive negotiating an off-road slope


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Other dates and locations are available on demand.

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