AHCMOM216- Operate side by side utility vehicles

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

AHCMOM216 - Operate side by side utility vehicles

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 SSUV can be incorporated into this course, at additional cost, if required. 

2. The above competency can be undertaken with Quad bikes.

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 as part of their daily duties.

What is the difference of a ATV to a SSUV?

An All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV), also known as a quad, quad bike, three wheeler, or four wheeler, 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 Side Utility Terrain Vehicle’s (SSUV) are vehicles with seating arrangement, seat belts, roll over protection and have 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.


ATV’s / UTV’s 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 ATV / UTV safety.

Risk Factors

Known risk factors associated with ATV / SSUV 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 ATV /SSUVs used in Australia

There is a growing concern world-wide over the number of deaths and serious injury occurring in association with ATV /SSUV 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 ATV /SSUV operation in Australia is not readily available. There are now more than 19 deaths associated with ATV/SSUV occurring each year in Australia.

ATV / SSUV 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.

AHCMOM216 Operate side by side utility vehicles

1.1 Confirm with supervisor activity to be undertaken and that the vehicle is fit for purpose

1.2 Identify potential hazards and risks and implement safe working practices to manage risks

1.3 Select and maintain personal protective equipment according to workplace safety requirements

1.4 Use, wear and correctly fit personal protective equipment including quad bike helmet that is fit for purpose

1.5 Conduct routine pre-operational checks on quad bike according to operation and maintenance manual and report faults or malfunctions to supervisor

1.6 Identify and confirm no go areas with supervisor according to workplace safety plan

1.7 Identify quad bike applications, loads and fixed attachments according to operation and maintenance manual

2.1 Carry out pre-start, and start up procedures according to workplace health and safety guidelines.

2.2 Drive vehicle in a safe and controlled manner.

2.3 Identify and anticipate driving hazards during vehicle operation.

2.4 Apply safe and defensive driving techniques for controlling hazards.

2.5 Identify environmental and biosecurity implications associated with vehicle operation and minimise impact.

3.1 Park vehicle and conduct shut down according to workplace procedures.

3.2 Perform routine operational servicing and minor maintenance according to vehicle operation and maintenance manual.

3.3 Identify and report malfunctions, faults, irregular performance or damage to supervisor.

3.4 Clean, decontaminate, secure and store vehicle.

3.5 Remove and store keys according to workplace procedures.

3.6    Maintain vehicle use records in required format.

Additional Course Information.

Course Timings

The Operate Side by Side Utility Vehicle is approximately four (4) 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 SSUV, 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, 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 SSUV (one vehicle can be used for up to 2 participants from the same organisation).
  • Please bring your SSUV 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, 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 NOT have SSUV s for hire.


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