4WD – Light & Heavy

Light & Heavy 4WD
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  • 1-2 Days
  • 10 attendees


This course teaches 4WD operators the knowledge, skills, and attributes for all essential areas of the units of competency covered under the full “best practice” guidelines for 4WD operation in the workplace. This includes being able to drive a 4WD over varied terrain safely, effectively and responsibly to reduce driver risk. Driving techniques that minimise negative impact upon the environment are encouraged.

The course can be customised to incorporate company policies and procedures, (e.g. site entry). It can also be customised to suit the driving conditions, environment and skills required by the driver. These course options are shown in the unit standards below.



This course is run at your worksite and is tailored to your organisational needs. Please contact us for pricing, or complete an on-site booking request using the Book Now button above.


A current full class 1 licence.


Want Group Training
On Your Site?

If you’d like this course to be run at your workplace, please submit your request here.

Request Group Training for On Your Site

Need help?
Call 0800 267 476

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Course Content
  • Vehicle designs and operating systems
  • Vehicle familiarisation
  • Pre-drive preparation
  • Hazard identification and safety margin assessment specific to terrain
  • Terrain contour and composition recognition
  • Hill ascents, descents, traverse driving, and associated problems
  • Understand vehicle movement utilising traction, momentum, gravity and centrifugal force combinations
  • Introduction to trailer towing (on and off road)
  • Introduction to four-wheel drive recovery techniques and equipment
  • Understand new technology

Additional content can be added in order to customise the course to workplace requirements.

NZQA Unit Standards Included

17976: Demonstrate light knowledge of operating a four wheel drive (4WD) vehicle. In an off road environment.

17978: Operate a light four wheel drive (4WD) vehicle in an off road environment.

Optional NZQA Unit Standards

There are additional optional unit standards available for this course. You can tailor this 4WD course to suit the requirements specific to the worker operating environment.

20848: Demonstrate knowledge of and skills for driving a light four wheel drive (4WD) vehicle on-road

17678: Drive a light motor vehicle on unsealed road surfaces

17673: Carry out a pre-drive vehicle check on a light motor vehicle, and start up and shut down procedures

17977: Develop a plan for off-road light four-wheel drive (4WD) driving

Specialist Skills

Specialist skills can also be added to the solution for your driving environment. Creating a relevant programme will reduce risk in your organisation.

Snow Driving

18138: Fit and remove vehicle chains

8638: Drive on Snow and Ice

Vehicle Extractions & Recovery

20620: Develop and execute a plan for a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle extraction

Defensive Driving – Driver Awareness

3465: Describe driving hazards and risk reduction strategies and responses to driving hazards

34664: Apply risk reduction techniques and strategies while driving

The defensive driving options also provide a way to manage driver risk and can be combined with a driver risk assessment, either online, in-cab or a combination of both.

Special Note

Non-unit standard-based training is also available. NZQA unit standards will not be assessed or awarded. The programme can be customised to meet your requirements and can include elements from the above unit standard based training as well as additional modules from the skills listed.

  • On road driving skills
  • Develop a plan for driving
  • Off road driving skills
  • Defensive driving / driver awareness / driver assessment
  • In-forestry (suitable for those that work in forestry environments)
  • Winter or slippery conditions driving
  • Chains
  • Recovery
  • Trailers, loads, and load security (both on and off road)