FWPCOT3259: Operate a 4WD on Unsealed Roads

FWPCOT3259 – Operate A Four Wheel Drive On Unsealed Roads

This Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads course is a 1 day course that meets the requirements, upon Successful completion, to receive a Statement of Attainment, for the Nationally Recognised Training course “FPWCOT3259– Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads”.

Who would select this course?

This course is has been developed and contextualised for those people working in the Forestry Industry however is entirely appropriate for anyone who is required to safely operate a four wheel drive (4×4) vehicle on unsealed roads and tracks.

Course Aim

The course aim is to provide operators with the skills and techniques for operating a 4×4 vehicle in a variety of work settings.

Course Elements:

Identify four-wheel drive specific terms and terminology

1.1    Access, interpret and apply documentation relevant to the work activity.

1.2    Identify the structural and handling differences between a conventional two-wheel drive vehicle and a four-wheel drive vehicle.

1.3    Use terminology specific to operating a four-wheel drive vehicle.

1.4    Identify four-wheel drive techniques.

Conduct Checks Of 4×4 Vehicle and Equipment

2.1    Perform pre-start checks.

2.2   Secure loads in line with organisational and legislative requirements.

2.3   Select suitable navigation equipment where necessary.

2.4   Advise passengers of any special safety precautions to be taken when traversing rough terrain.

2.5   Check that tyre pressure is suitable for terrain and that it is changed as required in line with organisational procedures.

2.6   Select and access maintenance equipment prior to departure after considering the contextual issues.

Prepare For 4×4 Operations

3.1    Identify and follow occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to operating a 4×4 vehicle.

3.2   Determine type of operation and ensure safe operating conditions.

3.3   Establish communication with others and choose the required safety mechanisms in line with organisational requirements.

Operate 4×4 Vehicle On a Range Of Terrain Types

4.1    Continually monitor the track to identify hazards, assess risks, and select the best route in line with OHS and environmental requirements.

4.2   Identify situations where the engagement of four-wheel drive is required and engage front hubs or centre differential lock where fitted.

4.3   Use appropriate range, gear, speed, driving and braking technique to negotiate a range of terrain types while maintaining control of vehicle at all times.

4.4   Check brakes and undercarriage after negotiating varying terrain.

4.5   Park and shut down 4×4 vehicle in line with manufacturer specifications and organisational requirements.

Operate 4×4 Vehicle On A Steep Slope

5.1    Inspect intended 4×4 vehicle path prior to negotiation of slope.

5.2   Use appropriate range, gear, speed, driving and braking technique to negotiate a steep slope, while maintaining control of vehicle.

5.3   Use control braking to ascend and descend, and avoid skidding.

5.4   Maintain traction in line with requirements of 4×4 vehicle.

5.5   Apply appropriate automatic and manual techniques when 4×4 vehicle cannot proceed any further on a steep slope due to traction problems.

5.6   Park and shut down 4×4 vehicle in line with manufacturer specifications and organisational requirements.

Perform Maintenance and Minor Repairs On 4×4 Vehicles

6.1    Perform routine maintenance and repair tasks and report defects to the appropriate person.

6.2   Demonstrate safe use of a jack to support a four-wheel drive vehicle on uneven ground while changing a tyre.

6.3   Clean and store 4×4 vehicle and equipment after use in line with manufacturer specifications and organisational procedures.

6.4   Document maintenance and minor repairs in line with organisational procedures.

Make Specific Course

Australian 4WD & Advanced Driver Education are specialists in 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 Nationally Recognised elements for the FPICOT3259but 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 07:45, 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

  • USI (Unique Student Identifier).
  • 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.

Trailer Hire

The hire cost of A4ADE 6 x 4 box trailer is $80.00 per trailer.


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