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RIIVEH305E Operate & maintain a 4WD vehicle

Course Category: Health, Safety & First Aid

4x4 driver training that counts. 

Join DGT for our 1 day intensive Toowoomba based nationally recognised 4WD certification course. Great for anyone in the resources industry and also anyone wishing to expand their 4x4 driving ability. 


Why DGT?

  • Friendly and dedicated trainers.
  • Full learning support from training course enrolment to certification.
  • High quality personalised training.
  • Highly professional approach to your learning.
  • Excellent value for money.

Course Description

It's a practical local to Toowoomba four wheel drive training course, held at the showgrounds and taught by friendly professionals. Offering a nationally recognised training unit certification, this course is great for those working in supervisory and technical specialist roles, it is also great for anyone who owns a 4WD and wants to keep their nearest and dearest as safe as possible. This unit replaces RIIVEH305D Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors. Relevant information must be sourced prior to application of the unit.

This course will teach you;

  • problem solving skills for operation and maintenance of a four wheel drive vehicle
  • operating 4x4 vehicles within specifications and limitations
  • driving techniques and handling characteristics of four-wheel drives in different terrain
  • differences between optional 4WD and constant 4WD vehicles and their impacts on vehicle operation and capability
  • 4x4 tyre management principles
  • handover procedures
  • hazards associated with 4WD vehicle recovery
  • travelling in 4x4 convoy
  • 4WD area restrictions

Potential Career Pathways

This course is vital for those seeking careers in;

  • Mining
  • Well Servicing Operations
  • Agricultural
  • Mining Exploration
  • Surface Extraction Operations
  • Drilling Operations
  • Resource Processing
  • Roads 
  • Civil Engineering and Infrastructure

All participants must hold a valid Australian driving licence and have a strong written and verbal English ability. 

4WD vehicles are provided for training purposes, however we encourage you to bring your own vehicle along to train in. 

Course Units

1. Identify four-wheel drive specific terms, terminology and techniques

  • 1.1 Access, interpret and apply four wheel drive vehicle documentation and ensure the work activity is compliant
  • 1.2 Identify the structural and handling differences between a conventional two wheel drive and a four-wheel drive vehicle
  • 1.3 Identify and demonstrate the purpose and use of front wheel hubs
  • 1.4 Identify factors affecting tyre size, fitment, rating, and pressure
  • 1.5 Identify recovery hooks and mounting features
  • 1.6 Identify hazards associated with incorrect use of vehicle features or equipment

2. Plan for minimal environmental impact

  • 2.1 Determine types of impact likely to occur during four-wheel driving activities
  • 2.2 Demonstrate compliance with land management principles and policies when planning exploration activities
  • 2.3 Comply with policies and management plans relevant to the activity area
  • 2.4 Plan and conduct activities in a manner which minimises environmental impact
  • 2.5 Adopt and implement procedures to ensure minimisation of harm to the environment from four-wheel drive activities
  • 2.6 Demonstrate cooperation and consideration towards other land users

3. Perform pre-departure checks

  • 3.1 Perform routine pre-departure checks under the bonnet, under the body, on external and internal items and accessories
  • 3.2 Take action to correct any deficiency
  • 3.3 Determine food and water requirements for journey
  • 3.4 Select navigation equipment
  • 3.5 Interpret weather conditions, determine suitability for driving
  • 3.6 Apply safe vehicle loading practices
  • 3.7 Secure items of personal luggage
  • 3.8 Advise passengers of any special safety precautions to be taken when traversing rough terrain

4. Use four-wheel drive mode

  • 4.1 Operate four-wheel drive both on and off road, in accordance with road rules, principles of four-wheel driving and WHS regulations
  • 4.2 Apply smooth accelerator control strategies over a range of terrain types
  • 4.3 Demonstrate recommended braking techniques for hard top surfaces and off road conditions
  • 4.4 Identify situations where the engagement of four-wheel drive is required
  • 4.5 Engage four-wheel drive mode
  • 4.6 Survey track to identify hazards, asses risk and select a best route
  • 4.7 Select routes to minimise damage to the environment
  • 4.8 Use appropriate range, gear, speed, driving and braking technique, negotiate a range of terrain types whilst maintaining control of vehicle, being aware of contextual/environment issues
  • 4.9 Maintain appropriate hand positioning on steering wheel
  • 4.10 Check brakes and undercarriage after negotiating varying terrain
  • 4.11 Assess and perform repairs to damaged tracks
  • 4.12 Use standard operating procedures when travelling in company with other vehicles

5. Coordinate and recover a vehicle

  • 5.1 Apply work procedures to ensure risk assessment, safe operating practices, and communication requirements are adhered to
  • 5.2 Identify equipment and methods to recover a stuck vehicle
  • 5.3 Identify risks associated with vehicle recovery and develop and implement strategies to minimise risks
  • 5.4 Identify correctly rated recovery equipment and attachment points
  • 5.5 Demonstrate procedures for preparing vehicles for recovery
  • 5.6 Identify techniques to minimise impact on the environment during vehicle recovery
  • 5.7 Coordinate safe recovery of a four-wheel drive vehicle using designated equipment and recovery method
  • 5.8 Perform post recovery checks and report any vehicle or environmental repairs needed
  • 5.9 Return recovery equipment to a reusable condition

6. Perform maintenance and minor repairs on four-wheel drive vehicles

  • 6.1 Select/access maintenance equipment, including spares and fluids, prior to departure, considering contextual issues of the trip
  • 6.2 Check vehicles prior to and regularly during trip, and perform routine maintenance/repair tasks
  • 6.3 Submit vehicle written performance reports
  • 6.4 Demonstrate safe use of a jack to change a wheel on a four-wheel drive vehicle

Course Details 

RIIVEH305E Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle

Duration: 1 Day Intensive.

Location: Toowoomba Showgrounds.

See below for dates and costs. 

So whether you own a four wheel drive, know someone that does, or just want to be ready for when you are called up to drive - enrol today to upgrade your driving skills. 

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