Our Driver Training Unit

The Club holds regular driver awareness courses, at Proficiency, Proficiency Plus and Advanced standards. The course leaders are experienced and fully qualified four-wheel drivers with Four Wheel Drive Victoria (formerly VAFWDC) accreditation and Australian Competency Standard accreditation. 

DTU dates and costs at page end

What We Offer

This course gives members a basic understanding of four-wheel driving and their vehicle, and will enable them to participate in most club trips appearing in the club calendar. 

A full day of practical driving in true off-road conditions. This is for Club Members that are looking to further their driving experience with help from our experienced Driving Instructors. We focus on reading the tracks before driving them, left foot breaking and other driver techniques.

Includes a 3 hour Theory Night and a full weekend of Practical enhancement of skills for our Club Members. This course concentrates on areas such as reading and negotiating difficult terrain,  advanced recovery techniques, practical navigation exercise, tyre changing basics and chainsaw safety.Prior to participating in the Advanced Course it is recommended that Club members have a minimum of one year’s four-wheel driving experience after first completing the Proficiency Course. They must also complete the Proficiency Plus Driving Course and Navigation Course Units. This is a guide only, as previous four-wheel driving experience is also taken into consideration.

The club also offers Navigation, Trip Planning, Winching, Ozi Explorer, First Aid and Chainsaw courses. See the link at page bottom.


  • 101 members participated in 2015
  • 14 Driver training days in 2015
  • 8 types of courses were available in 2015

The benefits!

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Vehicle familiarisation

Get to know your 4WD’s functionality and limitations in a guided and safe manner. A must do for anyone considering tackling 4WD tracks and long distance outback touring.

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Learn safe recovery techniques

The most important aspect of DTU is keeping yourself, family and friends safe. You’ll learn why correct techniques are so important.

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Value for money

Member rates are significantly lower than commercial operators.

Our Driver Training Unit

The Club holds regular driver awareness courses, at Proficiency, Proficiency Plus and Advanced standards. The course leaders are experienced and fully qualified four-wheel drivers with Four Wheel Drive Victoria (FWDV – formerly VAFWDC) accreditation and Australian Competency Standard accreditation. 

The moderate fee for these courses includes a copy of the Pajero Four-Wheel Drive Club information material, and upon successful completion, a FWDV certificate presented at the monthly Club meeting.

How much does Driver Training Cost?

Course fees are listed at the DTU booking site – see link below.

Why does our Driver Training stand out from the rest!

Driver training is an integral part of the Pajero Club and its activities. The various courses offered as a part of the DTU offerings ensure that members learn how to enjoy their 4WD’s in a safe manner while looking after the environment we all enjoy. The training courses ensure that members gain a basic set of skills that are useful for club trips and events. Therefore, all new members are encouraged to do the Proficiency course at a minimum before they join any club trips.

How do i prepare my vehicle for Driver Training?
1. Ensure that your vehicle is in sound mechanical order.
2. Ensure you have the minimum recover gear in your vehicle (Rated Snatch Strap, 2 rated bow shackles, pair of protective gloves).
3. Ensure that your winch is in sound working order (winching courses).
4. Ensure that you bring your drivers license.

I felt comfortable knowing I was being guided by some of the most experienced four wheel driving members of our club. My vehicle was in safe hands with me behind the wheel and club instructor by my side, guiding me as I experienced what my 4WD can do. Putting theory into practice was a real eye opener.

Eva S

The proficiency training was great for a newbie like me. The theory meant I understood what my car can do, far more than I ever realised. Then the practical made it all real, successfully doing things outside my comfort zone in a safe and incredibly supportive way that was so much fun. I haven’t looked back since!

John H

We drive a Ford Ranger and have been club members for 5 years. We heard that the Pajero Club was very family friendly club that ran trips for people starting out in 4WD’ing; we were novices so safety was our number one priority. We’ve loved the driving courses gaining confidence and the skills to travel safely.

Trudi G

DTU course outline and contact information

Information about the courses we offer, how much they cost and when they take place.

Go to DTU Site here