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4WD Training

Key Information

Duration: 2 Days

Maximum Attendees: 10

Training available at your own workplace

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This course teaches 4WD operators the knowledge, skills, and attributes for all essential areas of the units of competency covered under the full “best practice” guidelines for 4WD operation in the workplace.


This includes being able to drive a 4WD over varied terrain safely, effectively and responsibly to reduce driver risk. Driving techniques that minimise negative impact upon the environment are encouraged.

The course can be customised to incorporate company policies and procedures, (e.g. site entry). It can also be customised to suit the driving conditions, environment and skills required by the driver. These course options are shown in the unit standards below.

Please bring along your ID on training day - We need to verify the identity of students in attendance, please bring ID with you on the day of training.



This course is run at your worksite and is tailored to your organisational needs. Please  contact us for pricing and booking enquiries.

Course Content

  1. Vehicle designs and operating systems
  2. Vehicle familiarisation
  3. Pre-drive preparation
  4. Hazard identification and safety margin assessment specific to terrain
  5. Terrain contour and composition recognition
  6. Hill ascents, descents, traverse driving, and associated problems
  7. Understand vehicle movement utilising traction, momentum, gravity and centrifugal force combinations
  8. Introduction to trailer towing (on and off road)
  9. Introduction to four-wheel drive recovery techniques and equipment
  10. Understand new technology

Additional content can be added to your training in order to customise the course to your workplace requirements.



  1. A current full class 1 licence.

Entry Criteria:

  1. All students are required to have a level of written and oral English equivalent to NCEA level 1 (year 11) or IELTS 5.5 or higher, to be eligible to attend our courses. The person responsible for making bookings or authorising attendance on the course must agree to these Terms and Conditions prior to acceptance of their student(s) onto the course. Where a student does not meet our English language requirement a reader/writer must be supplied by the student or the person responsible for authorising the student’s attendance. The reader/writer cannot be another student attending the same course.

NZQA Unit Standards Included

  • Unit Standards - 4WD E





    17976 3


    Demonstrate knowledge of operating a light 4WD vehicle in an offroad environment

    17978 3


    Operate a light 4WD vehicle in an off-road environment

    Optional Additional Unit Standards





    20848 3


    Demonstrate knowledge of and skills for driving a light four wheel drive (4WD) vehicle on-road

    17678 3


    Drive a light motor vehicle on unsealed road surfaces

    17673 5


    Carry out a pre-drive vehicle check on a light motor vehicle, and start up and shut down procedures

    17977 3


    Develop a plan for off-road light four-wheel drive (4WD) driving