This raises the second point, whilst a training provider may be able to meet training standards does it necessarily mean they know anything about four wheel driving? Sadly, not so - you must next look at the experience and four wheel drive qualifications of your training provider. If the person imparting the 4WD knowledge to you has been doing so for several years and has a proven record of extensive four wheel drive experience, then you can reasonably assume that this person knows what they are talking about. Be careful of boasts of several years of 4WD experience, the question is, were they doing right all this time?
So, choose a course which is taken from the Nationally Recognised Training Qualifications and which is supplied by a trainer that is a Registered Training provider or a partner to a Registered Training Provider and whose personal credentials in four wheel drive operation can be verified by the industry itself and not claims made by the provider.
In many cases your training provider will also operate a 4WD tour business. This is a good measure of their level of knowledge, someone that has been extensively travelling and leading four wheel drive tours all over Australia
for many years is very likely to have a great deal of knowledge. These people only stay in business if they do their job right. So, a company that has a well established business in both the four wheel drive training and tag-along field is most likely to have the knowledge and the delivery that you are seeking.
Fortunately many of the training providers are also well known in the four wheel drive industry, through either their editorial skills or organizational skills of major outback trips. Talk to the various dedicated four wheel drive outlets in your area to ascertain their thoughts on who can be trusted with your hard earned cash.
Finally, the trusted provider will have a facility that has been especially established for the training exercises. These facilities show a commitment to the business by the provider and is your guarantee of a safe and controlled environment for your training. When it is all said and done, you want to get the best value for your money and at the same time learn how to handle your four wheel drive when it leaves the bitumen.
Don’t be swayed too much by the cheapest provider, the provision of qualified people, years of experience and proper training facilities all come at a cost. This cost must be passed on to the consumer but is again a guarantee to you that your chosen trainer has made a commitment to do a good job. After all, he or she wants you to talk highly of them and perhaps join them on one of their tours.
Look for a course that offers training in all sorts of terrain such as sand, mud, hill
climbs, water crossings and rocky ground. The Accredited course should also provide training in operation of recovery equipment and convoy procedure. There are bonuses offered by some training providers in relation to advice on communications equipment, accessories and camping gear and this may be the difference between choosing a provider that offers only the bare minimum of training and one that has obviously gained enormous experience in the field and is willing and able to pass this on to his/her students. Be aware of courses that seem to be limited by time. Learning all these new skills takes time. Another good question to ask is what is the pupil to trainer ratio, it is almost impossible to adequately train a person in four wheel drive skills without having some one-on-one training.