Operate and Maintain a 4WD Vehicle

Course code: RIIVEH305E

• RIIVEH305E Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle

This course describes the skills and knowledge required to operation and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle in the Resources and Infrastructure Industries and is appropriate for those working in supervisory and technical specialist roles.

This unit of competency applies to operators who are required to check their vehicle daily for damage, ensure fuels and lubricant levels are maintained, effect minor repairs, prepare and maintain field equipment, and communicate with their base station.

Operators must check the vehicle for mechanical soundness before leaving base, ensure it is securely and adequately packed, make certain the communications equipment and contact schedule are in order and generally be prepared for long periods off-road.

FSA Entry Requirements:

  • USI
  • Sufficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to complete the course
  • Fitness to participate
  • Free from the influence of drugs & alcohol
  • Enclosed shoes, clothing suitable to training site requirements
  • Participants are required to hold a current unrestricted Class C drivers’ licence, applicable for the vehicle being driven and meet the national vision standards requirements for the that states legislation, with or without corrective lenses

Group Size:

Max 3 per car for practical training.


2 Days


Onsite or at our training facility


Corporate courses available all states

Course Topics:

  • Identifying four-wheel drive specific terms, terminology and techniques, including the purpose and use of front wheel hubs, factors affecting Tyre size, fitment, rating & pressure and recovery hooks and mounting features
  • Identifying hazards associated with incorrect use of vehicle features or equipment
  • Planning for minimal environmental impact including adopting and implementing procedures to ensure minimisation of harm to the environment
  • Performing pre-departure checks which may include checks under the bonnet, under the body, external & internal items and accessories
  • Determine journey requirements including food, water, navigation equipment and interpreting weather conditions
  • Use of four-wheel drive mode, operating four-wheel drive both on & off road, Engaging four-wheel drive mode
  • Co-ordinate and recover a vehicle including identifying risks and techniques involved with recovery
  • Perform maintenance and minor repairs on four-wheel drive vehicles including submitting written performance reports

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Before enrolling into this training course, please download and read the Course Participant Handbook.

  • Parking is available on site
  • Tea & coffee is provided
  • What to wear: Closed toe shoes and clothing that may get dirty
  • What to bring: Pen and paper

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Cancellation Policy:  Public Courses - With 5 business days cancellation notice a total refund is given. If less than 5 business days notice a 50% refund is made. When less than 24 hours notice is given, no refund is available.

Can we combine courses into a course package? Yes companies can combine other FSA courses with the Chief Fire Warden training to save money.

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