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Short courses

VTP264 4x4 Operations

This short course is designed to educate on how to traverse rugged and remote terrain safely. You are taught best practices and recovery strategies, and tips to ensure prevention of unsafe situations. You will learn basic vehicle maintenance and safety, how to drive safely on unsealed roads, uneven and difficult terrain including sand, mud and water.

This course is delivered face-to-face. It incorporates some theory-based activites and assessment, as well as a significant amount of outdoor driving activities and practical assessments.

Entry requirements

You must:

  • be 18 years or older; and
  • not be attending secondary school; and
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate language, literacy, and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake this course. This is demonstrated if you have completed a qualification deemed equivalent to an Australian Year 11 or higher, Australian Certificate III or higher, or by completing a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

*If you do not meet the entry requirements and would like to discuss your options, contact Student Central.

Essential requirements

All participants are required to hold a current "C" class Australian Drivers Licence. It is recommended to wear outdoor clothing, enclosed footwear and sun protection.


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a Northern Territory resident; and
  • an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident or a New Zealand citizen who has resided in Australia for a minimum of six months


To be eligible for an NT Government funded place you must be:

  • a resident of the Northern Territory; and
  • a temporary visa holder who:
    • does not have work or study restrictions
    • has a valid visa for the duration of the training, allowing for the total volume of learning required to achieve the qualification, including supervised and unsupervised training and study
    • is not the primary provisional visa holder of a skilled, business innovation and investment, student, work or holiday visa identified on the Department of Home Affairs website.

Upcoming intakes

Location Start Date Duration Delivery Details Subsidised NTG fee Domestic full fee International full fee Application
Katherine Campus (Rural College) 14 Oct 2021 2 days Thurs - Fri 8:00am - 4:00pm   $408.00 $2,955.40  
Katherine Campus (Rural College) 19 Oct 2021 2 days Tues - Wed 8:00am - 4:00pm   $408.00 $2,955.40  
Katherine Campus (Rural College) 26 Oct 2021 2 days Tues - Wed 8:00am - 4:00pm   $408.00 $2,955.40 Apply

Course structure

To achieve VTP264 4X4 Operations a total of three (3) units of competency must be completed as detailed and listed below.

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 140.

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
FWPCOT3259 Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads 40
FWPCOT3260 Recover four wheel drive vehicles 20
FWPFGM3215 Perform complex 4X4 operations 80
  Total nominal hours for core units 140



This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

Additional information

You can access student services, find support and explore your community through the Current Students web.

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).