AHCMOM217- Operate quad bikes


Australian 4wd and Advanced Driver Education – RTO CODE: 31223

AHCMOM217- Operate quad bikes

The above competency is a 4 to 5 hour course that meets the requirements to receive a Statement of Attainment, upon Successful completion for the Nationally Recognised Training course.

Please Note, 

1. Towing Safely and load, secure and unload Quad Bike can be incorporated into this course, at additional cost, if required. 

2. The above competency can be undertaken with the AHCMOM216 – Operate a Side by Side Utility Vehicle.

Who would select this course?

This course is has been developed and contextualised for employees or contractors who are required to operate and maintain a Quad Bike as part of their daily duties.

What is the difference of a ATV to a UTV?

An All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), also known as a quad, has three wheels, or four wheels, is defined as a vehicle that travels on low pressure tyres, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. As the name implies, it is designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most other vehicles.

The Side by SideUtility Vehicle’s (SSUV) have a seating arrangement with seat belts, roll over protection and a cargo box at the rear of the vehicle. The SSUV’s generally have a higher payload capability and are longer and wider than ATV’s.


Quad Bikes have many and varied uses and their unique attributes have made them a valuable resource in many industries, particularly on farms, where they have largely replaced horses and able to access terrain that 4WD vehicle may not.

However, as with any other type of vehicle, their safe use cannot be taken for granted. Rather, it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to take all available steps to promote Quad Bike safety.

Risk Factors

Known risk factors associated with Quad Bike deaths and serious injury on Australian farms and workplace environments include human and behavioural factors, machine factors and environmental factors.

Legal Issues

In addition to the costs associated with injury and illness claims, Companies, Organisations, Farmers and for recreation use, need to be aware of their obligations under occupational health and safety law, and associated regulations in each state. Prosecution for breaches under these acts are costly, and a damaging interruption to a business.

Employers are required to ensure the health and safety of their employees and visitors to the workplace, to provide safe systems of work, to provide the necessary instruction, information and supervision to ensure safety, and to maintain a safe working environment.

Injury associated with Quad Bike used in Australia

There is a growing concern world-wide over the number of deaths and serious injury occurring in association with Quad Bike operation in the context of agricultural and company use, as well as in the context of recreation use of these vehicles.

The actual number of deaths associated with Quad Bike operation in Australia is not readily available. There are now more than 19 deaths associated with Quad Bike occurring each year in Australia.

Quad Bikes are not toys and can be hazardous to operate

These vehicles handle differently than other vehicles, such as motorcycles and cars. A collision or rollover can occur quickly, even during routine maneuvers like turning, or driving on hills or over obstacles, if you fail to take proper precautions.

AHCMOM217 Operate quad bikes

·  Occupational Health and Safety hazards in the work area are identified and reported to the supervisor.

·  Routine checks and maintenance of vehicle are conducted prior to use according to manufacturers specifications and enterprise requirements.

·  Faults or malfunctions are identified and reported for repair according to enterprise requirements.

·  Loads are secured according to safe operational specifications, Occupational Health and Safety, legislative and enterprise requirements.

·  Suitable personal protective equipment is selected, used, maintained and stored according to Occupational Health and Safety and enterprise requirements.

·  Vehicle is driven in a safe and controlled manner and monitored for performance and efficiency.

·  Driving hazards are identified, anticipated and controlled through the application of safe and defensive driving techniques.

·  Environmental implications associated with vehicle operation are recognised and positive enterprise environmental procedures applied where relevant.

·  Shut-down procedures are conducted according to manufacturers specifications and enterprise requirements

·  Malfunctions, faults, irregular performance or damage to vehicle is detailed and reported according to enterprise requirements

·  Vehicle is cleaned and decontaminated (where necessary), secured and stored according to enterprise and Occupational Health and Safety requirements

·  Vehicle operational reports are maintained to industry standards according to enterprise requirements.

Additional Course Information.

Course Timings

The Operate Quad Bike is approximately four hour course with start time at 07:15am and concluding at 12pm.  We can coordinate a morming session and a afternoon session, for larger groups.

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 operate Quad Bikes, 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.

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, ATV, UTV vehicles and can be delivered to ensure minimal disruption to shift routine.

What course participants will require to undertake the course

  • USI (Unique Student Identifier).
  • Your Vehicle Quad Bike (one Quad Bike can be used for up to 2 participants from the same organisation).
  • Please bring your Quad Bike with at least half a tank of fuel
  • Personal Protective Equipment specified by your company, Australian Standards Helmets, safety gloves and / or safety eye protection.
  • 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, enclosed 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 NOT have Quad Bikes for hire.


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