FWPCOT3260: Recover Four Wheel Drive Vehicles

FWPCOT3260 – Recover four-wheel drive vehicles.

Important Note: As of the 19th September 2019, the SISODRV 405A: Coordinate Recovery of 4WD Vehicles package has been deleted, by ASQA (training.gov).

Australian 4WD and Advanced Driver Education do however offer the FWPCOT3260 – Recover four-wheel drive vehicles competencies, which is similar content and lead to similar outcomes and Statement of Attainments

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your needs and the training outcomes required so that we can identify alternative appropriate competencies for you.

Let’s make it clear from the start – Recovery is classified as a HIGH TO EXTREME RISK activity. We do not (or will not) underestimate the risk or compromise safety when it involves any high risk activities, such as vehicle recovery.

A4ADE Trainers are well qualified and experienced in the field of vehicle recovery, from a ride on mow, vehicle rollover to a 60t tank.  We believe experience is something that is gained over many years and developed by dealing with many real and varied situations.

We guarantee that our trainers skills, technical knowledge, experience and our practical hands on realistic advanced recovery training, is superior and beyond compatible. 
We are confident to challenge any other trainer provider who are delivering this course, on their personal technical knowledge on all aspect, on vehicle recovery.

Our Trainers knowledge and experience on the subject of vehicle recovery, is from over 20 years of serves in the Military, mostly as Instructors in many skills, one in particularly was in the field of recovery with a variety of military vehicles, trailers, equipment ranging from 2t -24t and 30t-60t armoured vehicles, in very extreme conditions.  

Note: The Drive a 4WD vehicle course is strongly recommend as the prerequisite for the coordinate Recovery of 4WD Vehicles.

Who would select this course?

This course has been developed and contextualised for those people who are:

  • Issued or required to use a range of vehicle recovery equipment, for example vehicle mounted winch systems; and
  • Those who may travel to remote areas and may need to have the skills, knowledge and confidents to recover their vehicle, should this be required.

This course provides that source of vital knowledge for the 4WD operator and offers a complete understanding of advanced recovery techniques.

This course can be delivered as a 2 day option should people not hold the prerequisite qualification of Drive a 4WD vehicle.  The two day course option covers the Drive a 4WD Vehicle in Difficult Terrain and Coordinate recovery of 4WD vehicles.

Course Aim

Today greater emphasis is placed on the ‘duty of care’ that the driver of a 4WD vehicle must acknowledge.  To drive a vehicle off road requires an entirely different set of skills to driving on road.  Added to those skills must be included training in the safe and correct means of handling a vehicle recovery.

Recovery of a 4WD (or in-fact any) vehicle is assessed as high to extreme risk. Australian 4WD incorporates Workplace Health, Safety and Environmental impact practices, Company Policy and Procedure and a Risk Management approach to all of our advanced driving courses, in particularly Advanced Recovery.

A4ADE Specific Advanced Recovery Training

Includes, but not limiting to the following teaching elements, (In addition to the course elements, listed below):

Theory component is combined within the practical elements and covers the following:

  • Introduction to new recovery equipment (soft shackles, Kinetic Rope, Red Ring).
  • What sticks a vehicle.
  • Types of recovery equipment available, characteristics, safety precautions and their ratings.
  • Rating calculations of ground and artificial anchors.
  • Difference between SWL and WWL.
  • Calculate TPR.
  • Mechanical advantages in a 2:1, 3:1 direct and indirect recovery.
  • Dyneema cable vs steal cable. 
  • Angles and forces on a Pulley Blocks and Bow Shackles.
  • Workplace health, safety and environmental policies.

Practical training elements include:

  • Inspection, benefits and disadvantage of recovery equipment.
  • Understanding the differences, Australian Standards and safe use of equalising strap, tow strap, snatch strap, tree trunk protection and extension straps.
  • Safe use of a High lift jack and an exhaust jack.
  • Calculate TPR.
  • Safe operations of a turfur winch (manual winch).
  • Safe operations of a vehicle mounted winch in a 1:1, 2:1 and 3:1 (Direct and Indirect).
  • Coordinate a recovery of a 4WD vehicle, controller and operator.
  • Maintain recovery equipment.

The Course Elements for the Coordinate recovery of 4WD vehicles, are as follows:

Assess Situation

1.1.   Survey site and identify hazards, assess risk and define danger zones according to operating variables.

1.2. Select a suitable recovery strategy and apply risk management strategies according to relevant legislation and organisational policies and procedures.

1.3. Access rated recovery equipment suitable to selected recovery method and apply strategies to ensure safe use according to organisational policies and procedures and manufacturer’s specifications.

1.4. Apply strategies to reduce environmental impact during recovery.

Use A Recovery Or Snatch Strap

2.1.         Determine specific hazards associated with use of recovery or snatch straps.

2.2.  Identify recovery points and prepare vehicle for recovery.

2.3. Coordinate recovery of a vehicle on a steep incline using recovery or snatch straps.

2.4. Complete post-recovery vehicle and equipment checks.

Use a winch to recover a four wheel drive vehicle

3.1. Identify specific hazards associated with winch recoveries.

3.2. Prepare vehicles for a winch recovery after identification of recovery points.

3.3. Establish safe ground anchor points in different terrain conditions.

3.4. Use pulley blocks to give a mechanical advantage and change the direction of the winch.

3.5. Use a tree trunk protector when using a tree as an anchor point.

3.6. Operate winch to recover vehicle.

Use jacks to prepare vehicle for recovery

4.1. Identify specific hazards associated with the use of jacks.

4.2. Demonstrate safe positioning of jacks..

4.3. Apply safe operating procedures when using a jack to lift a vehicle according to organisational policies and procedures and manufacturer’s specifications.

Maintain vehicle recovery equipment

5.1.         Apply maintenance procedures for recovery equipment.

5.2.  Document equipment and vehicle maintenance according to organisational policies and procedures.

Make Specific Course

Australian 4WD & Advanced Driver Education are specialists in 4WD on and off road Defensive Driver Training and are able to design, develop and conduct “make-specific” courses.

Our “make-specific” courses not only cover all mandatory Ncourse elements for the Advanced Recovery but are contextualised to ensure they meet the specific requirements of the Employer and their staff.

Additional Course Information.

Course Timings

The course start time is at 07:15 and concluding at approximately 3pm.

A4ADE Practical Training Area

A4ADE exclusive Driver Training Facilities at Kurwongbah and Kogan offers terrain which is similar to the terrain that people would be required to drive on in their everyday driving as part of their job.  This offers superior opportunities for the development of skills and techniques in these environments rather than a simulated environment or a “make-shift” area artificially developed for driver training.

A4ADE Training Areas

A4ADE have exclusive Driver Training Facilities at Kurwongbah, North of Brisbane and Kogan, between Dalby and Chinchilla.

For group bookings additional training areas to those listed above include Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Mt Isa, Moranbah, Roma, Toowoomba, however not limited to these areas.

Corporate/Group Booking Training Areas

A4ADE are able to plan, develop and deliver specific course programs for groups or corporate, on request.

On-Site Training

Australian 4WD & Advanced Driver Education specialise in the design and implementation of client specific and site specific driver training and education. Training can be delivered for groups on any site (if suitable terrain is available), for group bookings.  All courses are portable allowing staff to be trained in locations familiar to their day-to-day use of 4WD and other light vehicles and can be delivered to ensure minimal disruption to shift routine.

What course participants will require to undertake the course

  • Your 4WD Vehicle with mounted winch systems (one vehicle can be used for up to 2 participants from the same organisation.
  • Should you not have access to a 4WD vehicle, A4ADE will supply a 4WD vehicle with a mounted winch system and all the equipment required for the course; and
  • Your vehicle will need at least half a tank of fuel.
  • Any recovery equipment supplied with the vehicle. Note: please do not purchase any recovery equipment prior to the course, unless discussed with us. Recovery equipment required will be discussed, during the training.
  • Driving license (that will be required for checking prior to course commencement).
  • Appropriate clothing – this should be compliant with your companies policy however at a minimum must comprise of long sleeved shirt, long pants, closed shoes with good soles and hat.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Pad and pen.
  • Morning tea and a light lunch with plenty of drinking water in summer months.

Vehicle Hire

A4ADE do have vehicles available for use.  The cost of these vehicles includes, vehicle hire for completion of the course, fuel, recovery equipment (where required), cleaning and wear/tear on brakes and tyres. 

Vehicle hire fee: 1 day vehicle hire is $135.00 per person, per day.  

Please Note

  1. The vehicle maybe hired by other course participants, meaning that each vehicle hire may be shared by two participants.  This will not have any impact on the amount of drive time that each hirer will experience.
  2. At times, there maybe more than one vehicle available, that will allow each vehicle hirer to experience a variety of 4WD types.
  3. If you wish to have exclusive use of a vehicle, then this can be arranged and would be at a cost of $160.00 per vehicle per day.


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