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4×4 Off Road Vehicle Operation

Over the years, 4×4 vehicles have become associated more with off-road driving than on-road and are used by many industries to transport people and equipment to difficult-to-reach areas.

If you need to drive off-road, our experienced instructors will teach you to tackle the toughest terrain and challenges that the British weather can throw at you. An ideal course for updating your knowledge of the latest health and safety regulations.

It is a legal requirement to provide adequate training if using a 4×4 vehicle for work purposes as described by the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998.

Who is the course for?

Any person who is/will be required to operate a 4×4 vehicle in an off-road environment. All trainees must be able to demonstrate that they are competent in driving normal vehicles in a road situation and hold a current driving licence. An individual assessment will be carried out and those reaching the required standard will receive the nationally recognised certificate.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Comply with legal requirements and safe practice
  • Identify risks associated with off road vehicle use
  • Select and use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Understand the main causes of accidents
  • Identify the controls, systems and components of your vehicle
  • Perform pre-start checks
  • Identify and report faults
  • Prepare your vehicle for use off-road
  • Assess the suitability of both ground and route
  • Make structured decisions about if, and how, to tackle obstacles
  • Perform a failed hill climb
  • Drive over a variety of terrain
  • Perform an on-site risk assessment
  • Identify loading and towing capacities
  • Understand legal and practical requirements for travelling on a public road
  • Identify the dangers of vehicle recovery/self-recovery
  • Demonstrate expert decision-making about obstacles, your vehicle’s capabilities, and your own driving skills.


1 day – a mix of theory and practical sessions

Assessment & Certification

LANTRA Awards Training (with Assessment) Competence with Modules certificate

Attendee Requirements


You will need to have basic driving skills and hold a current driving licence. Although driving will be off-road, you will need to wear suitable clothing and shoes (see Equipment Required).

Equipment Required

    • 4×4 vehicle complying with safety regulations and in a well maintained state
    • Notebook and pencil
    • Overalls
    • Wellington boots
    • Wet weather clothing
    • Tyre pressure gauge
    • Operators instruction books for own machinery
    • Camera (optional)


1 day course – £295 + VAT

Cancellation Policy

Newlands Training Ltd have the following cancellation policy:

  • 7 working days notice, full fee refund, less administration charge of £25.00
  • 3-7 working days notice, 50% fee refund
  • 1-3 working days notice, 25% fee refund
  • Less than 1 days notice, no refund

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