4x4 Terrain Vehicles

Off Road Vehicle Operating (4×4)

Boost your confidence and know-how to tackle the toughest challenges that the land – and the unpredictable British weather – can throw at you.

Anyone driving an off-road vehicle will benefit from our targeted courses.

You may be looking to update your skills or get on board with the latest health and safety regulations.

Perhaps you want to practise driving across challenging terrain or mastering your vehicle in difficult weather conditions.

Whatever your needs, our courses will get your off road driving skills up to speed.

All our courses are aimed at 4×4 drivers, but we’re happy to include other vehicles, such as 6x4s and 6x6s.

Two certificate options are available:

Option 1 – Principles of Off Road Vehicle Operating.

Ideal if you’re only looking to tackle basic off road challenges. Geared for driving in normal conditions, you’ll only be facing a limited range of obstacles. There will be risk, but it’s kept to a minimum.

Option 2 – Operating Vehicles in Off Road Adverse Conditions.

This is all about mastering more severe tests, including tough weather conditions. It will challenge both you and your vehicle, with a wide range of obstacles to tackle. You’ll also learn how to identify and manage risk safely.

The courses involve key theory and practical sessions:

  • Introduction
  • Health and safety
  • Attributes of vehicles and systems
  • Attributes of obstacles
  • Attributes of operators
  • Vehicle checks and preparation
  • Basic operating techniques
  • Vehicle recovery, safety briefing
  • Off road to on road checks.

If you’ve already had accredited training, you still might need a refresher course if:

  • Your last training was completed more than five years ago
  • You’ve had a recent incident or near miss
  • A new vehicle means it’s time for a skills brush up

To join our courses all you’ll need are basic driving skills. But you’ll be off road, not on holiday, so you’ll need to wear suitable clothing and proper shoes.

Worth noting: Smaller off road vehicles (ATVs for instance) and some larger, heavier or specialist vehicles (think tractors) are catered for by different Lantra Awards training courses.

What will be covered?

By the end of the course, you’ll 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
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All Terrain Vehicle – Sit Astride

Learners can master the basics of sit-astride ATV riding with our intensive course.

Sit-astride all terrain vehicles (ATVs) are incredibly versatile machines.

Their flexibility means they can work with a range of attachments, including trailers, sprayers and spreaders. That makes them popular across many agricultural businesses.

But that popularity comes with the potential for danger. Without proper training, serious accidents can – and do – occur.

Our course is aimed at learners with little experience of ATV riding.

Once you’ve completed the course, you’ll receive a certificate of training for sit-astride ATVs – including loads and trailed equipment.

The finer details

Our experienced instructors will guide you though all the key areas required to master ATV riding.

There’s a balanced mix of theory and practice, starting with a detailed look at key health and safety issues.

You’ll also learn the finer points of route planning and understand exactly what the vehicle can do.

And then you’ll be on the vehicle and into a series of practical sessions.

You’ll be taught basic manoeuvres and get to grips with riding on a range of different and challenging terrains.

Operating the vehicle with loads and trailers will also be covered.

Course details:

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


Worth noting: If you’re a complete ATV novice, this course might stretch to three days, rather than two.

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All Terrain Vehicle – Sit-In Skid Steer (Wheeled)

Gain an accredited training certificate with our comprehensive skid-steer wheeled ATV riding and safety course. 

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are incredibly versatile tools, making them popular and well-used machines for all types of agricultural businesses.

They can master many off-road conditions. But without proper training, they are only as capable as you are.

Our course will boost your driving skills, enabling you to use a tracked ATV safely and with confidence.

You’ll also learn the fundamentals of loading, as well as key health and safety issues.

Complete the course and you’ll receive a certificate of training – a vital springboard to becoming a fully trained all-terrain rider.

The finer details:

The course involves a mix of theory and practice.

You’ll be given a detailed rundown of health and safety legislation and a look at both the capabilities and dangers of ATVs.

You’ll also learn about route planning, carrying loads and towing trailers and equipment.

Then it will be time to get behind the wheel.

You’ll run through vehicle preparation and checks before tackling start-up and basic driving skills.

Off-road techniques will include failed hill climbs and driving on diverse terrain. There will also be a dedicated session on using skid-steer ATVs on a public road.

Please note: The length of this course will depend on your experience level. Novice course duration: 2 days – Experienced course duration: 1 day

What will be covered?

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Comply with legal requirements with an emphasis on safe practice
  • Identify the risks associated with using a sit-in ATV
  • Select and use appropriate personal protective equipment
  • 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 (full course only)
  • Carry out a risk assessment and plan the route
  • Operate the sit-in 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.
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