Operate side by side utility vehicles

AHCMOM211 describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake work using a side by side utility vehicle used for general transport, carrying loads, towing small trailers and mustering stock. All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety requirements manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices. This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for their own work. They undertake defined activities and work in a structured context.


Candidate will be assessed on their ability to integrate and apply the performance requirements of this course in a workplace setting. Performance must be demonstrated consistently over time and in a suitable range of contexts.
The candidate must provide evidence that they can:

  • identify hazards and risks associated with side by side utility vehicle use
  • conduct pre and post operational checks
  • operate side by side utility vehicles in a safe, efficient and controlled manner
  • minimise environmental impacts of side by side utility vehicle use
  • perform any required minor maintenance
  • follow wash-down procedures in line with biosecurity guidelines
  • follow enterprise work health and safety policies


Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of:

  • equipment characteristics, technical capabilities and limitations
  • safe driving techniques in a range of surface conditions and terrain
  • transporting the side by side utility vehicles on a trailer or transportation device
  • manufacturer’s specifications and workplace requirements for pre-start checks, machinery operation techniques, load carrying operator level servicing and shutdown emergency procedures
  • components and controls, features and functions
  • enterprise work health and safety policies
  • relevant State /Territory legislation regarding side utility vehicle use


Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or simulated environment that accurately reflects performance in a real workplace setting. All evidence collected must meet minimum requirements including industry standard timeframes for performance of tasks.


Driven’s course is delivered over one 8-hour day. The course is run with a candidate to assessor ratio of 4-1. The course includes the following:


One-hour PowerPoint presentation covering:

  • Correct PPE
  • Legal requirements – environmental protection
  • Company policy/procedure
  • Prestart/post operational checks
  • Defensive driving techniques
  • Driving in uneven terrain
  • Loading/unloading machinery
  • Attachment of ancillary equipment to machinery
  • Emergency shut down procedures

This is followed by a half hour written exam on the theory content.


The practical element of this course includes the following:

  • Prestart/post operational checks – load security/fault repair
  • Loading and unloading machinery
  • Driving on public and unsealed roads
  • Vehicle manoeuvring – start/stop, forwards/reverse
  • Emergency braking on unsealed roads
  • Driving on uneven terrain – up/down hills