TLIC1051: Operate Commercial Vehicle


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


This Defensive Driving course is a 1 day program that meets all of the requirements to receive a Statement of Attainment, upon successful completion for the Nationally Recognised Training course. TLIC1051 Operate Commercial Vehicle can be mapped to other courses.

This course involves the skills and knowledge required to maintain the safety of and to operate, a commercial vehicle across a variety of job roles.

It includes monitoring traffic and associated equipment, managing vehicle condition and performance, and effectively managing hazardous situations.

Driving must be carried out in accordance with relevant state/territory roads and traffic authority licence requirements and regulations.

Driving is performed with limited supervision, and with duty of care responsibility for self and others in achieving the prescribed outcomes.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements are applicable to this unit. Provisional car licence (at a minimum) must be held prior to commencement of this unit of competency.

Driving a motor vehicle is considered a high to extreme risk activity.  Driving a 4WD vehicle off road increases this risk further. For most people the operation of a vehicle becomes routine and therefore the risk of this activity is very seldom considered.

On average, four to five people are killed every day on Australian roads and over 220 people are hospitalised as a result of road incidents.

Almost 60% of work-related deaths in Australia involve vehicles.

Research indicates that around 25% of all crashes involve a vehicle being driven for work purposes.

A4ADE Apply Safe Car Driving Behaviours Course

Incorporates high-level safe driving skill and knowledge required by all drivers to enable them to adopt safe driving behaviours. These are higher order skills, such as hazard perception, judgement, decision making, multi-tasking, risk control and safe driving attitudes across a range of vehicles and driving situations.

Australian 4WD & Advanced Driver Training has designed a ‘Drive Safely Training Program’, incorporating Low Risk Defensive Driving and Apply Safe Car Driving Behaviours. This program is suitable for those driving both on and off road, and is something that should be considered by anyone driving a motor vehicle.

Defensive Driving Skills ~ It doesn’t matter if you drive a small sedan, large family vehicle, sports car or four wheel drive vehicle Low Risk Defensive Driving skills tuition is relevant for all vehicles and ability levels.  Young drivers are strongly encouraged to develop solid driving techniques and the more experienced drivers will benefit by correcting old habits and improving judgment and reactions.

Our very experience and professional trainers will teach you vehicle mastery and control by simulating everyday driving conditions and emergency situations that could confront you on the any road surfaces.

We are passionate about equipping drivers with low-risk defensive driving skills enabling them to become safer and more effective crash-free defensive drivers.

Who would select this course?

This course is has been developed and contextualised for any employee that is required to drive a company or commercial vehicle/s as part of their day-to-day driving duties.

This course is appropriate for all industries which is designed to cover a higher level of knowledge of safe driving behaviour,  high order skills, risk control, safe driving judgment, decision making and multi taking.

Course Aim

The responsibility of all drivers of a company or commercial vehicle is to drive in such a way as to prevent being involved in an vehicle incident regardless of the action of other drivers or adverse driving conditions.

Goal of Zero Incidents:

A4ADE fully acknowledge that companies and organisations strive to meet the goal of zero incidents and injuries and are committed to eliminating vehicle incidents involving their employees and contractors.

A4ADE Specific Defensive Driving

Elements support this goal by including, but not limiting to the following teaching elements, (In addition to the Nationally Recognised elements, listed below):

  • Drivers behaviour, attitude, decision making, distractions, road rage;
  • Commentary Drive – Low Risk Defensive Driving Techniques, driver scanning, driving hazards (What is the actual driving risk, What is the potential driving dangers and What is the drivers actions to avoid a vehicle crash), travelling/following distances, accident avoidance (techniques on avoiding  crashes with animals / wildlife, crashes at intersections, rollovers, country and rural areas, gravel and wet road condition etc);
  • Practical drivers seating position (set up for action – not rest), vehicle and Tyre Changing;
  • Vehicle dynamics (difference with vehicle specific, such as: 2WD rear wheel and front wheel drives, 4WD, coaster vehicle).
  • Steering and corning techniques, skid control and avoiding vehicle roll over;
  • Individual driver practical assessment, National Road Rules Assessment, Road rules incorporating defensive driving and courtesy driving.
  • Emergency procedures (tyre blowout, brake failure);
  • Fatigue Management, Drugs and Alcohol effects (A4ADE videos follows true/real stories of family members who have lost loved ones through driver fatigue and alcohol) and Journey Management Plan (practical exercises with map reading and emergency response call);
  • Emergency braking techniques (ABS and threshold, concrete slab and gravel surfaces), Drivers perception phases, reaction time and vehicles stopping distances. A number of braking exercises on concrete and gravel surfaces, at different speeds and different scenarios.
  • Tyres (types, capabilities & limitation in a defensive driving role). Reversing a vehicle.
  • Towing trailers (Qld towing legislation, loading, ATM vs GTM, ball weight, safety chains, trailer brakes, swaying (what causes and action to avoid), load distribution, hitching and unhitching procedure.
  • A Low range activity to familiarise drivers on the differences between 4WD high range and 4WD low range, if required.
  • Company specific Light Vehicle policy.

Operate commercial vehicle course elements includes the following:

Operate Commercial Vehicle

1.1 Engine power is managed to ensure efficiency and performance and to minimise engine and transmission damage.
1.2 Driving hazards are identified and/or anticipated and avoided.
1.3 Vehicle lights and indicators are used in accordance with traffic regulations and manufacturer instructions.
1.4 Vehicle is secured in accordance with manufacturer specifications, traffic regulations and workplace procedures.
1.5 Appropriate procedures are followed in a driving emergency.
1.6 Appropriate low-risk driving behaviour is displayed towards other road users in accordance with workplace procedures.
1.7 Vehicle is positioning and moved conveniently and safely for loading and unloading in accordance with regulatory and workplace instruction.
1.8 All associated equipment is operated in accordance with manufacturer and workplace instructions.

Monitor Traffic and Road Conditions

2.1 Most efficient route of travel is taken by monitoring and anticipating traffic flows and conditions, road standards and other factors likely to cause delays or route deviations.
2.2 Traffic and road conditions are constantly monitored and acted on to enable safe operation and to ensure no injury to people or damage to property, equipment, loads and facilities.

Monitor and Maintain Vehicle Performance

3.1 Vehicle performance and safety is maintained through vehicle pre-operational inspections.
3.2 Performance and efficiency of vehicle operation is monitored during use.
3.3 Vehicle is driven in a manner that incorporates eco driving principles.
3.4 Defective or irregular performance or malfunctions are repaired as a minor repair or reported to appropriate authority.
3.5 Vehicle records are maintained/updated and information is processed in accordance with workplace 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 covers all mandatory Nationally Recognised elements for the Apply Safe Car Driving Behaviours, 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, 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)
  • Vehicle Specific (one vehicle can be used for up to 2 participants from the same organisation:
  • Should you not have access to a 4WD vehicle, A4ADE fleet vehicles are available for use at an additional cost. (please see “vehicles” below”); and
  • Your vehicle will need at least half a tank of fuel.
  • 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) and cleaning and is as follows:

  • 1 day course $95.00 per person per day.

Note: The cost above is a per person cost.  Each vehicle may be shared by two participants.  If you wish to have exclusive use of a vehicle, then this can be arranged and would be at a cost of $200.00 per vehicle per day.


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