What is and how did Accredited 4×4 Training come about?
Simply put, a number of years back our then minister of the environment banned all forms of 4×4 driving on the beaches. Shortly after he left the department, his successor also wanted to make a name for himself announced that all forms of off – road driving would be banned.
Quite naturally, this soon caused an uproar amongst 4×4 owners, clubs and associations. A group of interested parties then got together, formed an association and met with the minister. The outcome was that we needed to take better care of our environment and start behaving as responsible 4×4 drivers. In short we had to work out a way of policing ourselves and begin taking better care of our fragile environment.
After many months, the minister approved the 4×4 course that the association had put together. It would be an Accredited Course and would be administered by TETA, the TRANSPORT and EDUCATION Training Authority. The course became known as UNIT STANDARD 254135 and 254154 and this Unit Standard was a South African Qualifications Authority standard and only accredited training centers would in a position to offer the training for the unit standards.
The government in the meanwhile announced that it was going to pass new legislation that would only permit accredited drivers to drive their 4×4’s on recognized 4×4 trails. Virtually overnight, training centers sprung up and began with the Accredited Training program, the thought of making a few quick rand’s must have been a driving factor too. Anyway, after starting off in a flurry, soon things began slowing down and today only a few passionate trainers remain operational. Needless to say the government has been quiet on the matter for years now and it is quite unlikely at this stage that any new legislation regarding the environment and 4xing will be passed. This is how the only truly accredited training program in SA came about.
Before all this began, we at Halfway had already identified the need for responsible 4×4 training, for both new and experienced 4×4 drivers. Once the whole accreditation scene came into being it was a natural course for Halfway to follow, and upgrade to the position where we would be in a position to offer the accredited training. This we did at Halfway and in fact took it a step further where we had our training material and facilities accredited by TETA and we are now an accredited 4×4 training provider. To date, Halfway still stands proud and is one of the remaining few who still offer the accredited training according to Unit Standard 254135 and 254154.
The unit standard is an excellent course for any 4×4 enthusiast that wants to take things a little further. The accredited course is an intense two day course which includes a written test, a knowledge assignment and a practical observation. Our training is undertaken by professional and enthusiastic 4x4ers with loads of experience and who are constantly engaging in off-road activities.
At the end of the course, the driver’s portfolios are then assessed by a qualified assessor before being sent off for moderation.
Upon completion of the course, drivers will receive a card showing that they are an accredited 4×4 driver as well as a letter of competency showing that the have completed the course and are now competent 4×4 drivers. This, if shown to your insurers, you should be in line for a reduced monthly insurance premium.
The South African Qualification Authority Unit Standard 254135 id is, Apply the techniques for operating four wheel drive vehicles, in on and off-road conditions.
The course includes theory on, the 4×4 driver train, suspension, tyres, chassis, part time vs full time 4×4, obstacles, 4×4 driving, recovery, the kinetic strap, the hi lift jack the winch, and puncture repairs. The practical sessions includes winching, the kinetic strap, fixing punctures, using the hi- lift jack and driving.
It’s a two day course running from 09h00 to 16h30 each day
The cost per course is R1600 per driver.
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