Light Utility Vehicle ATV-U Operators


This course is aimed at producing an Light Utility Vehicle ATV-U operator that can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attributes for all essential areas of the units of competency covered under the MOBIE's “best practice” guidelines for ATV-U driving in the workplace. This includes being able to drive an ATV-U effectively and safely over varied terrain and demonstrating safe driver behaviour.

The course can be customised to incorporate company policies and procedures, (e.g. site entry).

Course Content

In line with “best practice” guidelines the course covers the following knowledge and skills:

  • ATV-U pre-use daily checks and serviceability issues
  • Start-up and shut-down procedures
  • Loading and unloading an ATV-U from a trailer
  • Hazard identification and safety margin awareness
  • Obstacle recognition and negotiation
  • Stability dynamics including loads carried, loads towed and load security
  • Understanding tyres and the importance of correct inflation pressures
  • Correct hill ascent and descent driving techniques and associated issues and limits
  • Ground composition and contour recognition and driving techniques to ensure safety
  • Traversing side slopes
  • Water fording

NZQA Unit Standards Included

24556 Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of an All-Terrain Vehicle Utility (ATVU).
24553 Drive an All-Terrain Vehicle Utility (ATVU) on flat terrain.
24558 Drive an All-Terrain Vehicle Utility (ATVU) on undulating terrain.


1 - 2 days (depending on prior experience).

Attendance Capacity

Maximum of 6 trainees per trainer. Minimum numbers can be negotiated upon request.


POA based on specific course content requirements.

Special Notes

A current full class 1 licence, however, no licence is required if licence is required if 100% of use is on private land. 

Scheduled Course Locations

Please note that courses are available at a number of AMS Group branch locations, these are listed below. If there are no course locations shown below, courses can be arranged to be delivered at your place of work. Contact us to  find out more about our on-site training options available for this course or enquire below.