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Course overview

This skill set has been developed to enable people travelling and working in remote areas of rural Queensland to traverse a variety of different terrain safely and expediently. Training involves using driving skills to safely operate various controls and features of a 4WD vehicle and to demonstrate safe driving techniques.


This course is offered at various locations - please refer to the intakes listed below. 

Current intake/s*:

2018 Intake date/s Location
07 June Bundaberg
26 July Bundaberg
06 September Bundaberg

*Short course schedule is subject to change without notice. Please contact us to confirm locations and times.

Future intakes will be added periodically. Check back regularly for updates or contact us if you are interested in this course.


Participants will learn to safely operate various controls and features of a 4WD vehicle and perform basic maintenance. This includes:

  • terrain appreciation and route planning
  • vehicle preparation and control
  • tyre changing and basic 4x4 maintenance
  • recovery equipment

Our 4WD vehicle operation course is delivered under the AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations qualification and is primarily targeted at students who already have some experience.  If a student is new to the industry (and specifically – new to the use of 4WD vehicles), then we will send workbooks / online exercises to the student prior to their practical skills application and assessment session.  The student will need to complete this fundamental theory work before their practical session.

Course fees*:

Fee type Accredited
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $325 per person

*Prices may vary if a short course has additional requirements including, but not limited to, specific venue hire, catering requests, travel beyond one (1) hour from any QATC college or training hub, or if enrolment numbers are not expected to meet the usual minimum quantity of participants. If a given short course has a price that varies from above, it will be specified separately against that intake.



AgForce Member discount of 20% on the course fee* - tell us your member number when booking and paying for your course.

*Discount applies to the advertised Fee-For-Service rate


This short course contains employability skills. Following completion of this short course, successful participants will receive a Statement of Attainment. This training could lead to further studies in Rural Operations.


Minimum age 15 years.

​Long work trousers, a long sleeved work shirt and protective footwear are mandatory dress for this course.

What to bring

Participants need to bring lunch, water, morning and afternoon tea. Please note that lunch and morning tea may be available for purchase as set out in the 'Schedule of accommodation fees' on our Policies page.


Operate vehicles


This unit covers the process of maintaining and operating vehicles and defines the standard required to: carry out routine checks and maintenance; store loads securely; drive a range of vehicles safely and defensively; record details of vehicle use and maintenance.

This unit applies to working under minimal supervision within enterprise guidelines.

Additional Information

Course disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

At a glance

  • Short Course
  • Accredited
  • 1 day
  • Multiple intakes
  • 1 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $325