Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) - Side By Sides


The aim of this course is to produce a Light Utility Vehicle LUV (side by side vehicle) operator that can demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attributes for all essential areas of the units of competency covered under the “Best Practice” guidelines for LUV driving in the workplace.

This course is targeted specifically for operators of LUV's used in the workplace. This light utility vehicle course enables the trainee to ride effectively and safely over varied terrain. The trainee will also be able to demonstrate the appropriate responsibilities of a driver with strong emphasis on accident prevention. A high level of safe decision-making is also promoted as well as riding techniques that minimise negative environmental impact.

This course can be customised to incorporate company specific operating and site access procedures and protocols relevant to individual workplace requirements.

For more information, please download the course information sheet.

Course Content

In line with code of practice guidelines the course covers the following knowledge and skills:

  • LUV health and safety considerations
  • Understanding drive systems, control variations, pre-use daily checks, and serviceability
  • Start-up and shut-down procedures
  • Loading and unloading an LUV 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, issues and limits
  • Ground composition and contour recognition along with driving techniques to ensure safety
  • Traversing side slopes
  • Water fording


There are NO licence pre-requisites for use on private land with no public access. For public land or roads, current class 1 licence and registration is required.

NZQA Literacy Pre-Requisites

  • Be 16 years of age or over
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.0 (General Training). Proof of this will be required. 
Please refer to the terms and conditions for more information on these course pre-requisites

NZQA Unit Standards


24553 Drive a Light Utility Vehicle on flat terrain
24556 Demonstrate knowledge of the safe operation of a Light Utility Vehicle (LUV)
24558 Drive a Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) on hilly terrain


There are additional unit standards available for this course. Please refer to the table below.

24560 Drive a Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) with trailed equipment
24562 Drive a Light Utility Vehicle (LUV) with mounted equipment or a load

Attendance Capacity

Maximum of 10 trainees per trainer. Minimum numbers can be negotiated upon request.


One day course is for those with some form of prior off road experience or training and for those already holding the relevant NZQA unit standards but require a refresher course only.

The full two day course is for those with no prior off road experience or for those who will be carrying loads or towing a trailer in the workplace and require these additional unit standards.


POA based on specific course content requirements.

Special Note

A post-course report will highlight any individual requiring special on-going tuition /guidance to reach a safe minimal operating level. Natural Instincts/AMS will work with anyone requiring on-going training or experience prior to reaching a competent level.

Please contact AMS Group if you would like to know more about the course options available or to arrange training. 

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.