Off-Road Driver Training to Unit Standaard 254135


Learn the art of four-wheel driving. 

During this four-wheel-drive training course our enthusiastic instructors will teach you how to get the best out of your four-wheel-drive vehicle. At our own training venue you will learn the skills to successfully and safely drinve your vehicle off road.

At the beginning of your off-road training course you will explore your four-wheel-drive vehicle, gaining knowledge about its systems and their correct use. Next is terrain assessment, or how to 'read' the obstacle and choose the best and safest path for your vehicle.

Stepping behind the wheel of your vehicle, you cover driving techniques including stall/restart recovery techniques, ascents and descents, how to get through ruts, gullies, ditches, rocks and water crossings. Learn the essentials of wheel placement, throttle control and much more!

If your vehicle is equipped with electronic traction aids you will be familiarised with their operation and the specific driving techniques for various types of terrain.

So join us for an eductional, informative, fun and very 'hands-on' four wheel driving day and learn what you and your vehicle are actually capable of achieving!

Please note: Participants need to provide their own registerd and roadworthy four-wheel-drive vehicle for this experience. If yu are unsure about the suitability of your vehicle, please contact us to discuss this. This training is suitable for licensed drivers of all driving abilities.

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.

Course 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 gearing. 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

Assessment for 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.)


As a rule, the courses are held on the last Saturday of each month. Check the driver training dates here.


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 E-mail it to the club secretary at or fax it to 0866-955-617

Driver Training Course with DCC Certification (Driver Competency Certificate) Members: R1 575 
Spouses and/or significant other attending with the driver - No Charge. 
Club members' children over 18, companions or friends attending with driver - R500

Driver Training Course with DCC Certification (Driver Competency Certificate) Non-Members: R1 775.00 
Spouses and/or significant other attending with the driver - No Charge. 
Non-members' children over 18, companions or friends attending with driver - R500

The cost includes all lectures, practical training, reference and assessment materials, tea and coffee throughout the course. Candidates are to supply their own meals. 

Due to time constraints and trail layout, partners/passengers may not drive on the day and will not be eligible for certification.

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

All bookings are on a first come first served basis and no-one may participate on the course without full payment having been received in advance. 

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

What to bring with you

NB! Certified copy of your driver's licence
NB! 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

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


All courses begin at 08h00 sharp and finish at 16h30 - 17h00


The driver training course is held at the club's property, Base 4, near Hennops River. To see a map of how to get to Base 4, click here.



Home | Club Events | Calendar | Open Day | Marketplace | Base 4 Clubhouse | Driver Training | Trips & Safaris | Trip Reports | Club Committee | Associated Clubs | Photo Gallery | Join Our Club | Links | Site Map | Radios | Club Constitution | Code of Conduct | AAWDCSA | Facebook | Contact Us