FAQs

Below are just a few of our frequently asked questions (FAQs). If what you are looking for hasn’t been answered feel free to email or call us on (03) 9786 8490.

do we use our own 4wd?

Yes, if you have one. It is better to learn in your own 4WD or the vehicle type you frequently use. It gives you confidence in yourself and your vehicle. If you don’t have your own 4WD, you can hire one from a specialist 4WD hire company, please contact us for further information.

what if I don't have a 4WD?

If you don’t have your own 4WD, you can hire one from a specialist 4WD hire company, please contact us for further information.

where do we stay on the two day course?

Camping on site is free. Bring your own camping equipment and meals. There are hot showers, toilets and BBQs free on site.

Otherwise, local accommodation may be available, please contact us for further information.

What do we need to bring?

We will send you a confirmation email with a list of what to bring and how to get to the training area prior to course commencement. For further information on our Intermediate 4WDrive course see what to bring.

Can I bring family/friends?

Yes! Family and friends are welcome and encouraged because they need to gain confidence in you; also you never know when they will have to drive or at least guide the vehicle over some tricky patch. No charge for under 12s.

Should we buy recovery equipment before we come?

No. On the course, you will use all of our equipment because it is safe and regularly checked. Come and see what we use, why, and then you will know what to buy for yourself.

What tyres do I need for the course?

Come with what you’ve got and possibly get advice on what tyres are good for when and where. If you have more than one type, come with what you generally use.

I successfully completed the course and I haven't received my certificate, why?

Certificates are emailed 1-2 business days post course provided payment has been made. If not received within a week of completion and payment has been made then contact us.

Why does my qualification/certificate need to be renewed every 5 years?

It is a requirement of WorkCover in most states and territories that you renew your qualifications/certificates at least every three years to ensure that skills are current.

I have more questions!

Please contact us on (03) 9786 8490 or email us info@pnl4wd.com.au. Do note this page will provide some of the basic questions and answers regarding the 4WD course.

Where are courses held?

PNL 4WDriving primarily conducts 4WDrive courses from two dedicated training areas:

Narbethong (NE of Healesville, Victoria): Our all-weather training room is equipped with tea & coffee making facilities and a microwave. There is wonderful free camping with BBQs in the reserve directly opposite and PNL 4WDriving have eco-toilets and a hot shower available for use. We use the real world bush tracks in the adjacent Marysville State Forest to put the techniques we teach you in to practice.

Smythesdale (SW of Ballarat, Victoria): PNL 4WDriving uses the Ballarat 4WDrive Club training area at Smythesdale. It is an excellent location with many 4WDrive obstacles located close to the Enfield State Park where we give you real world practical experience on tracks in the bush. Free camping on site is available with a wonderful open fire, BBQ facilities and undercover training/eating area, hot & cold showers and toilets are within Cooee.

4WDrive Courses are also held at Bairnsdale (city in East Gippsland, Victoria).

Some specialist courses i.e. Vehicle Servicing & Maintenance, Trailer are held at Carrum Downs 

Please see the Contact page for maps to these locations.

FAQ’s

do we use our own 4wd?

Yes if you have one. It’s better to learn in your own 4WD, it gives you confidence in yourself and your vehicle. If you don’t have your own 4WD, you can hire one from a specialist 4WD hire company or contact us at PNL 4WDriving and we may be able to help you out.

what if I don't have a 4WD?

Not a problem. PNL 4WDriving has a 4WD that you can use on the course for a small additional cost.

Accommodation for 2-Day course?

Camping on site is free. Bring your own camping equipment and meals. There are hot showers, toilets and BBQs free on site. Otherwise, local accommodation may be available, please contact us.

What do we need to bring?

We will send you a confirmation email with a list of what to bring and how to get to the training area prior to course commencement. For further information on our Intermediate 4WDrive course see what to bring.

Can I bring family/friends?

Yes! Family and friends are welcome and encouraged because they need to gain confidence in you; also you never know when they will have to drive or at least guide the vehicle over some tricky patch. No charge for under 12s.

Do I need recovery equipment?

No. On the course, you will use all of our equipment because it is safe and regularly checked. Come and see what we use, why, and then you will know what to buy for yourself.

What tyres do I need?

Come with what you’ve got and possibly get advice on what tyres are good for when and where. If you have more than one type, come with what you generally use.

I haven't received my certificate

The months’ worth of Certificates are printed, laminated and posted the last week of the month. If not received in the first week of the following month then contact us.

Renewing certificates, why?

It is a requirement of WorkCover in most states and territories that you renew your qualifications/certificates at least every three years to ensure that skills are current.

I have more questions!

Please contact us on (03) 9786 8490 or email us info@pnl4wd.com.au. Do note this page will provide some of the basic questions and answers regarding the 4WD course.

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