We get a lot of questions about 4X4 training, and we’re big advocates for it. Whether you are part of a 4X4 Club, or you like to go your own way, understanding the capabilities of your 4X4 helps you drive it better, and make better decisions when it comes to risk. That’s why we offer a discount of up to 20% for drivers that have completed accredited off-road driver training. And its also why all of our staff are put through a 4X4 training course.
While up to 20% is a sizeable discount, there is a criteria around that. The training needs to be delivered by a Registered Training Organisation, or RTO for short. We often get questions around this, so today I’m going to explain the rationale for this decision to help make the requirements and reasons for them clear.
RTO’s and National Units of competency
In simple terms, an RTO is a government accredited training organisation. They deliver training to a National standard of competency, and will usually specialise in a certain type of training. 4WD training is one of these things. Not all 4WD training providers are RTO’s, although that doesn’t mean that their training is not delivered to an equal or better standard than an RTO. What it does mean is that there is a standard that the training is delivered to and there is a regulatory framework to ensure compliance and minimum standards are met.
Why is this important
This is important because we need a clear criteria in order to provide a discount – that is we need confidence that a certain standard of training is delivered in order to provide said discount. An organisation that is an RTO and delivering to a National Unit of Competency has the structure and governance in place that is required to provide that certainty.
There are no doubt some brilliant businesses out there that provide 4X4 training which are not RTO’s and will deliver training to the same, if not a higher standard. But there are also providers out there which wouldn’t meet the standard too. The challenge this creates is how to manage who cuts the mustard and who doesn’t.
This is why we currently only accept 4X4 training from RTO’s. We haven’t yet navigated the challenge of finding another acceptable way to accredit those providers that are not RTO’s. We’re open to ideas on how this could be managed, so if you are a 4X4 trainer and have ideas, we’d love to hear them!
The take out from this
Currently, the criteria to get our 4X4 training discount is that the 4X4 training you complete must:
- be delivered by a Registered Training Organisation; and
- The course must deliver outcomes to a National Unit of Competency
If in doubt about any of these things, please ask the business you are engaging with to confirm that their course meets both the requirements above. If it doesn’t, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a great course, but unfortunately at this point it means you won’t be eligible for the Driver Training discount from Club 4X4.
I hope this provides some context and background to the discount. If you’ve done accredited training, all you need to do is send us the certificate, and if it meets the requirements above, then we’ll apply the discount. If you are interested in doing some training, make sure it complies with he above if the purpose is to access the discount.