This course is designed to instruct operators of a Four Wheel Drive vehicle in the operation skills required for safe operation, maintenance and driving, with a view to reducing the incidence of component failure or operator error resulting from incorrect operating procedures.


At completion of this course the participants will have:

  • A knowledge of the difference between Two and Four Wheel drive vehicles.
  • The ability to perform a pre-drive vehicle inspection.
  • The ability to operate a 4WD in an economical, efficient & safe manner.
  • The ability to use recovery equipment safely in any situation.
  • To recognise and evaluate on and off road emergency situations using techniques and skills acquired.


  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Pre operational Vehicle Checks
  • Vehicle Characteristics
  • Driving Techniques
  • Operational Procedures
  • Terrain Appreciation
  • Obstacle Negotiation
  • Hill Climbs/ Descents
  • Water Crossings
  • Mud, Snow and Sand Driving
  • Stall Stop Procedure
  • Special needs e.g. Automatic/Turbo Vehicle
  • Recovery Equipment
  • Safety with Recovery Equipment
  • Correct Recovery Techniques



Must hold a current Motor Car licence and must be at least 18 years old.

Course Costs:

Contact a C.I.T.S. Office for the current costs and details.