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Course Dates

Course Name:

RIIVEH201E Operate A Light Vehicle

Course Description:

This is essentially a defensive driving course with 4WD elements. It covers the skills and knowledge required to operate a light vehicle (a vehicle under 4.5 tonnes) to help minimise the risk to person and property when driving on road (sealed roads). While the national guidelines for RIIVEH201E specify that it is applicable to any light vehicle, at Driven Training we’ve customised our RIIVEH201E course to include 4WD vehicles and the factors involved with four-wheel driving to better suit the Resources and Infrastructure industries. This unit is appropriate for those working in operational roles.

Note: The course completion certificate will not contain the words “defensive driving course”. The official name of the course is “RIIVEH201E Operate A Light Vehicle” (as defined by In addition to covering defensive and four-wheel driving techniques, this 8-hour course also covers other material. If you are after a skill development short course that specifically covers defensive driving techniques, see our On Road Defensive Driving Course.

Course Duration:

This defensive driver training course is delivered over one 8-hour day (depending on ability and experience).

Course Locations:

We can deliver this training course at one of our driver training facilities located at:

  • Yatala, Queensland
    (halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast).
  • Chinchilla, Queensland
    (Surat Basin).

Or we can come to you.

  • Anywhere in Australia
    Our driver training instructors are also able to travel anywhere in Australia, to your location, to teach this course. There may be a charge for travel when time spent travelling both to and from training location is more than 1 hour in total, and where there are mobilisation and demobilisation costs.


Course Pre-requisites:

Recognised driver’s licence or provisional car licence. Licensing, legislative, certification and regulatory requirements that apply to this driver training unit can vary between states, industry sectors and territories.

Training Dates:

This defensive driver course is offered for group bookings (minimum numbers and days may apply). Please contact us to arrange a suitable date.

Course Cost:



RIIVEH201E is a nationally recognised driver training.
Driven Training Pty Ltd is a Registered Training Organisation (40780)

RIIVEH201E Course Structure

The RIIVEH201E driver training course consists of:

  • Online self-paced study
  • Online assessment
  • Static practical lessons around the vehicle
  • Hands-on lessons in a four-wheel drive
  • Practical assessment

RIIVEH201E – Information Topics Covered

The topics covered in the theory lessons include:

  • Legal requirements and company policy/procedure – land access
  • Prestart/post operational checks – load security/fault finding
  • Defensive driving techniques – night driving/animals/wet roads/environmental impacts
  • Journey management – fatigue/communication
  • Four-wheel drive systems
  • On/off road driving techniques – hazard identification

Unit of competency: Here is the official government definition of what is covered in the RIIVEH201E driver training course.

RIIVEH201E – Practical Component

The student will undergo 4 hours of practical training in a 4WD vehicle which will include the following topics:

  • Prestart/post operational checks – load security/fault repair
  • Journey management
  • Driving on public and unsealed roads – emergency braking/cornering
  • Adherence to road rules and company policy and procedures
  • Changing a wheel
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