Mining, Oil, Gas, Forestry, Transport & Logistics

Mine Site Driver Training

Industry Gravel / 4WD

Driver Skills International have been delivering mine site driver training in Australia for over 16 years. Our team of trainers are experienced professionals who will make your mine site driver training experience enjoyable and effective.

Our nationally recognised units can be delivered on site or at one of our training locations, anywhere in Australia.

Our staff of mine site driver training specialists will work with you to provide a full training needs analysis to ensure an easy and smooth process for delivery of the correct package for your company.



Some of our customers include:

  • BHP Nickel West – Leinster WA
  • RIO TINTO – Argyle Diamond Mine WA
  • RIO TINTO – Tom Price WA
  • RIO TINTO – Hail Creek Coal QLD
  • LGL GOLD / NEWCREST – Bundaberg QLD
  • OZMINERALS – Promminent Hill SA
  • CRSM – Ulaanbataar, Mongolia


Summary of courses available include:

DSI 1 Day Defensive Driving Course (Sealed roads or Gravel roads) – Full day course covering defensive driving techniques for sealed roads and/or gravel roads and introduction to basic recovery.

DSI 1 Day 4WD Skills Course – Includes 4WD operation and advanced recovery.

DSI 2 Day Defensive and 4WD Course – Comprehensive course comprised of the above two courses.

Trailer Towing – DSI can deliver a trailer towing course that can be included or delivered separately.


Nationally Recognised Driver Training

The following nationally recognised units are available:

Mining and Gas

  • RIIVEH201D – Operate Light Vehicle
  • RIIVEH305E – Operate and maintian a four wheel drive vehicle
  • PMASUP236 – Operate Vehicles In The Field


  • FWPCOT3259 – Operate a four wheel drive on unsealed roads
  • FWPCOT3260 – Recover four wheel drive vehicles
  • FWPFGM3215 – Perform complex 4×4 operations

Transport and Logistics

  • TLIC2025 – Operate four wheel drive vehicle

These units are delivered as both 1 day and 2 days courses, depending on your company requirements. Contact us for more details.


DSI 1 Day Defensive Driving Course (Gravel roads and off road)

In Classroom Theory Knowledge Covered

  • Concentration and attitude
  • Risk taking behaviour
  • Fatigue awareness and time management
  • Effects of speed
  • Vehicle loading
  • Trip management
  • Road law
  • Alcohol awareness
  • Drug awareness
  • Common crash scenarios
  • Safety in the car
  • Driving position
  • Steering techniques
  • System of vehicle control
  • Braking systems
  • Tyres
  • Emergency procedures
  • Defensive driving techniques
  • 4WD systems and operation
  • Soft sand / water and mud driving conditions
  • Inclines and declines
  • Recovery equipment
  • Fault reporting
  • Vehicle pre-start checks
  • Basic maintenance
  • Road side repairs (including tyre changing)
  • Battery jump start
  • Vehicle loading
  • Trip planning and management
  • Vehicle monitoring
  • Communications and emergency procedures
  • Off road operation (hi-low range operation over a variety of terrain)
  • Vehicle recovery basics

Skills Covered

  • Emergency stop on hard road surface various speeds
  • Emergency stop on gravel road surface at various speeds
  • Operation on soft sand/mud/rocks
  • Operating on off road tracks
  • Safely climbing and descending
  • Using recovery equipment
  • Optional – river / water crossing


  • Ability to identify and avoid hazards on the road
  • Apply emergency braking techniques on and off road
  • Apply defensive driving techniques
  • An understanding of the effects of alcohol / drugs / fatigue
  • An understanding of correct tyre pressures and when to alter them
  • Apply correct four wheel drive techniques off road
  • Be able to safely operate recovery equipment

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DSI 1 4WD Skills Course (Off road)

This course is ideal for drivers operating 4WD’s for work or pleasure. Includes defensive driving, basic 4WD operation and recovery equipment.

Knowledge Covered

  • Steering techniques
  • Braking systems
  • Tyres
  • Emergency procedures
  • 4WD systems and operation
  • Soft sand/water/mud/rock driving conditions
  • Inclines and declines
  • Recovery equipment

Skills Covered

  • Operation on challenging terrain
  • Operating on off road tracks
  • Safely climbing and descending
  • Using recovery equipment
  • River / water crossings


At the completion of the course it is expected that all drivers will demonstrate:

  • Apply correct four wheel drive techniques off road
  • Be able to choose and safely operate recovery equipment in challenging environments

Drivers will use their own vehicle during the practical components of this course (must be registered and subject to basic safety checks). All relevant road laws must be adhered to at all times.

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DSI 2 Day Defensive and 4WD Course

This course caters for drivers that are new to 4WD operation or want to gain confidence in a variety of conditions and recovery equipment and includes all of the components of the above courses, in far greater detail.

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Mine Site Driver Training Courses