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RIIVEH305E – Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle

RIIVEH305E – Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle

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Course Outline

This unit covers the operation and maintenance of four-wheel drive vehicles in the resources and infrastructure industries. It includes identifying four-wheel drive specific terms, terminology and techniques, planning for minimal environmental impact, performing pre-departure checks, using the features of a four-wheel drive vehicle to drive in a variety of terrain types, and performing maintenance and minor repairs on four-wheel drive vehicles.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors.


What will I learn?

Students will attain the practical application and understanding required to operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off road and will be able to:

  • Identify 4WD and defensive driving specific terms, terminology and techniques
  • Identify and demonstrate the use of front wheel hubs
  • Plan for minimal environmental impact
  • Perform pre-departure checks
  • Engage 4WD mode
  • Use appropriate range, gear, speed, driving and braking technique, negotiate a range of terrain types whilst maintaining control of the vehicle, on and off road
  • Perform recovery of a 4WD vehicle
  • Identify, address and report potential hazards and risks
  • Conduct inspection and perform maintenance
  • Perform wheel change


What are the pre-requisites?

  • Have a good understanding of the English language
  • Arrive 15 minutes early to your training session



Face-to-Face delivery only.

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Course Elements

Some of the elements covered in this course are:

Identify four-wheel drive specific terms, terminology and techniques; 

  • Access, interpret and apply four wheel drive vehicle documentation and ensure the work activity is compliant
  • Identify and demonstrate the purpose and use of front wheel hubs

Plan for minimal environmental impact;

  • Determine types of impact likely to occur during four-wheel driving activities
  • Plan and conduct activities in a manner which minimizes environmental impact 

Perform pre-departure  checks;

  • Take action to correct any deficiency
  • Interpret weather conditions, determine suitability for driving 

Use four-wheel drive mode;

  • Operate 4WD both on and off road, in accordance with road rules, principles of 4WD and WHS regulations 
  • Apply smooth accelerator control strategies over a range of terrain types 

Coordinate and recover a vehicle;

  • Apply work procedures to ensure risk assessment, safe operating practices, and communication requirements are adhered to 
  • Return recovery equipment to a reusable condition 

Perform maintenance and minor repairs on four-wheel drive vehicles;

  • Select/access maintenance equipment, including spares and fluids, prior to departure, considering contextual issues of the trip 
  • Demonstrate safe use of jack to change a wheel on a four-wheel drive vehicle



All students who are competent in RIIVEH305E Operate and Maintain Four Wheel Drive Vehicles will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment.


What will I need to bring?

  • USI (Unique Student Identifier)
  • 4WD Vehicle (one vehicle can be used for 2 participants)
  • 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
  • Lunch


Further Opportunities  

This unit forms part of the Full Qualification

  • RII20215 Certificate II Surface Extraction Operations
  • RII30115 Certificate III Surface Extraction Operations

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RIIVEH305E – Operate and maintain a four wheel drive vehicle