4 Wheel Drive

The aim of this 4WD training course is to improve your knowledge and skills in safely operating a four-wheel-drive vehicle in a variety of hazardous conditions and all-weather situations in regional and remote Australia.

Duration: 2 days total 8:30am – 4:00pm.

Available in Darwin & Alice Springs and rural/remote areas

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Course Outline

The aim of this 4WD training course is to improve your knowledge and skills in safely operating a four-wheel-drive vehicle in a variety of hazardous conditions and all-weather situations in regional and remote Australia. Poor driving habits in a 4WD vehicle can unknowingly increase your maintenance costs and the consequences can be expensive or even life threatening.
This training accommodates all types of learners including inexperienced drivers of 4WD/AWD.

Public courses are held regularly and private courses can be arranged by contacting Eagle Training Services.

Course Subjects

  • Safety checks/cabin drills
  • Journey planning and preparation
  • 4WD/AWD systems and vehicle handling
  • Defensive driving including driver attitudes and behaviours
  • Fatigue management
  • Off road practical driving including ascent/descent, sand dunes, rocks, hills, creek beds
  • Emergency braking
  • Vehicle recovery techniques including use of a snatch strap and tyre changing
  • Care of the environment and minimising environmental impact

Course Prerequisites

All participants must hold a current C Class license and must have this with them at the time of the training otherwise they may not be allowed to participate.

Clothing Requirements

It is a requirement under WHS that all participants wear non-slip, covered footwear, hats and long sleeve clothing as they will be undertaking practical activities out in the sun. Where a client does not wear appropriate clothing they will not be able to participate in the course.
Water and sunscreen will be provided onsite.

What Else To Bring

  • All food requirements for your lunch and snacks
  • Pen, notebook, reading glasses if required
  • Personal items e.g. insect repellant, hat, clothing appropriate to season and conditions on the day (e.g. wet, cold or hot weather)

Units of Competency

Upon successful completion of the course students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for the following units of competency:

SISODRV201A Drive AWD/4WD vehicles on unsealed roads
TLIC2025 Operate four wheel drive vehicle

Course Assessment

Eagle Training Services embraces a range of assessment methods to ensure flexibility for participants as well as meeting the specific unit requirements from the relevant training package. Learning outcomes will be assessed throughout the course and are conducted off the job via practical demonstrations, written project work and oral questioning.
A practical driving assessment will also be conducted.

Course Delivery & Duration

2 days total 8:30am – 4:00pm. All students are required to be present 15 minutes before course commencement time. Late arrivals may be refused from the course as a failure to attend.

Course includes 4 hours of theory plus 12 hours in vehicle practical training.
The course consists of a small amount of theory and the practical involves both on and off road driving. Theoretical components will be conducted at Eagle Training Services training facilities located in Darwin or Alice Springs. The practical driving will be conducted within the local area.

Eagle Training Services has designated training routes for all levels of experience and participants will be developing their skills and experience in small groups with a designated instructor for the duration of the course.

Participants are also provided high quality learning materials and resources.

All vehicles used for the training are manual vehicles. If this is an issue at all please contact our office to discuss other options.

Course Fees

$640 per student. A $200 deposit is required upon enrolment to secure a course placement. The remaining course fee is to be paid in full prior to course commencement. This price includes all study manuals and materials.

Confirmation of Enrolment

A student’s position on the course will be confirmed upon the payment of a course deposit fee or the provision of an authorised purchase order. Positions are limited so confirmed enrolments only will be able to attend.
For cancellations/refunds a minimum of 3 business days notice must be provided to Eagle Training Services prior to the commencement of the scheduled course to enable re-allocation of your place to another participant, otherwise the course deposit fee will be forfeited. Replacements are allowed provided they have the approval of Eagle Training Services before the start of training and all course prerequisites are met.

Welfare and Support Services

Eagle Training Services provides welfare and support services within its professional capacity. Participants should identify existing needs prior to enrolment so that appropriate arrangements are made. Where additional support is required, the student will be referred to a specialist agency to access appropriate support. Eagle Training Services has a documented policy regarding access and equity.

Please Note

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Darwin & Alice Springs and rural/remote areas

How Long

2 days total 8:30am – 4:00pm.

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