The Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa

Driver Training

Owning a 4×4 is one thing – getting the most from it is another. The last few years has seen the introduction of various standards designed to self regulate the recreational off-road industry, both in terms of driver training and the use of off-road recreational areas.

That’s where the Four Wheel Drive Club comes in. The driver training portfolio of the FWDCSA is an accredited training facility operating in association with The Training Connection (TETA-ACCR 09-214), who are our service providers. The course covers all aspects needed to equip you to deal with virtually every 4×4 situation covered in the SAQA unit standards US254135 as agreed by the industry and government.

Duration and Venue

The course is run on a Saturday from 08h00 to 17h00 and is suitable only for 4×4 vehicles with low range.

Classroom theory is followed by practical ascent/descent, stall starts and cross-axle training at our Base 4 training facility. This is followed by a drive around the Base 4 property, experiencing a variety of different obstacles under the guidance of experienced instructors.

Overnight camping is available at no charge

Assessments for the Driver Competency Certificate (DCC)

Assessments for the DCC will be implemented and candidates will be assessed throughout the course. A separate date will be arranged to complete the written tests and assignments to qualify the applicant, at an additional cost.

Ladies Training

The driver training portfolio also offers exclusive ladies-only training weekends. The course content is identical to our normal course, but provides an opportunity for female drivers, without the distraction of a ‘back seat driver’, to gain the skills that may be necessary should the principal driver of an off-road vehicle become incapacitated during a trip. (Male companions are welcome, but are relegated to tending the camp or lounging around the pool. During the drive out, we leave them at Base 4 in the company of their cooler box. Those insisting on tagging along are left under the first available thorn tree, without the cooler box.)


The fees below are for driver training and include all lectures, practical training, reference materials, tea and coffee throughout the course. Candidates are to supply their own meals.

Members R1100
Non-Members R1800
Spouses or significant others attending with the driver Free of charge
Children over 18, companions or friends attending with the driver Free of charge


Download and complete the Driver Training Booking Form and email to the club secretary Karl Hoffman ( or fax it to 0866-955-617


Please make payment directly into the club’s bank account and include your surname, initials and DT as the reference.

Bank First National Bank
Branch Code 250655
Account name Four Wheel Drive Club of SA
Account number 58810022334
Reference Surname, initials and DT

NOTE: Payments and confirmations must be made at least seven (7) days prior to the training date. If you have not received confirmation, please contact Karl on 079-065-2795.

Please note that no alcohol may be consumed for the duration of the course.

What to bring with you

  • Certified copy of your driver’s licence
  • Certified copy of your ID document
  • Refreshments for the day including your lunch
  • Enough bottled water for a hot day
  • First aid kit
  • Recovery equipment (if you have any)
  • Tyre pressure gauge
  • Fire extinguisher(s)
  • Alcoholic beverages (if you wish) for after the course

Preparing your vehicle for the course

  • Fill your fuel tank and check all fluid levels
  • Remove drop plates
  • Remove bicycle racks
  • Remove all loose objects
  • Remove side steps/rails if possible