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quadbikeAll Terrain Vehicle – Sit Astride

Sit-astride All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), also known as Quad bikes or Quadbikes are incredibly versatile machines capable of working with a range of attachments, i.e. trailers, sprayers and spreaders, and making them extremely popular in many outdoor businesses. However, without the proper training serious accidents can, and do, occur.

The course will include a detailed look at key health and safety issues as well as learning how to plan a route and understand how the ATV operates. During the practical sessions you will be taught basic manoeuvres, how to ride on a range of different and challenging terrains and operate the ATV with attachments.

It is a legal requirement to provide adequate training if using an ATV 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, including towed equipment and attachments.

Who is the course for?

Anyone required to use a Sit Astride  ATV as part of their work. This would include novices and experienced operators who require their skills up-dating, with certification.

Course Objectives

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

  • Comply with legal requirements with an emphasis on safe practice
  • Identify the risks associated with using an ATV
  • Select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Understand the main causes of accidents
  • Identify the controls and components
  • Understand the function of all instruments
  • Carry out daily checks as indicated in the operator’s manual
  • Carry out appropriate pre-start checks
  • Identify and report any faults
  • Start up and drive over a variety of terrain and ground conditions
  • Carry out a failed hill climb
  • Carry out a risk assessment and plan the route
  • Operate the sit-astride ATV safely on a variety of slopes and terrain (full course only)
  • Identify loading/towing capacities
  • Drive with loads and trailed equipment (full course)
  • Load and secure for transport on the road (if appropriate)
  • Understand legal and practical requirements for travelling on the public road
  • Identify track profile and weight transfer
  • Load and unload machine from trailer/lorry


1 day – experienced operator with prior certificate of basic training or signed experience operator declaration form.

2 days – novice or those with little experience.

Assessment & Certification

Our course is accredited by Lantra Awards or NPORS, and we can arrange City & Guilds NPTC assessments if required.

Assessment of this course is by practical demonstration and through formal questioning, either verbal or or as a written test.

Course Content

The course is a mix of classroom theory and practical sessions and will include:

  • Accident prevention
  • What is an ATV?
  • Daily/safety checks
  • Possible problems
  • Route planning – risk assessment
  • Familiarisation with instruments and controls
  • Starting and stopping the machine
  • Driving the machine – basic manoeuvres
  • Ascend/descend/traverse safely
  • Limitations of loaded ATVs
  • Practical exercise

Trailers – if included

  • Limits of towing trailers/implements
  • Loading capacities
  • Causes of accidents/how to prevent them
  • Daily Checks on all equipment
  • Loading of racks/hitching up trailers
  • Assessment of riding/hitching/loading
  • Summary/Review

Equipment Required

 Helmet with chinstrap and capable of being used with suitable eye protection and appropriate to circumstances in which ATV will be used, e.g.:

Equestrian (BS1384:1997) or specialist ATV helmet (e.g. Logic or Terrain), Mountaineering helmet (EN14052: 2005)Marine safety helmets (BS EN12492: 2012.)

Motorcycle helmet to BS6658:1985 or UN ECE reg. 22.05. (A motorcycle helmet will offer most protection but is relatively heavy, may restrict peripheral vision and also restrict hearing.)

·       Eye protection (Clear visor or safety glasses)
·       Ear protection (Sit in ATV’s but only if when in operation, noise levels are above 85db)
·       Gloves
·       Suitable working boots for the environment with good grip and ankle support
·       Non-snag outer clothing


1 day integrated training/assessment – £190 + VAT per person

2 day integrated training/assessment (including implements & loads) – £330 + VAT per person

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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