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ONLINE 4X4 TRAINING

How does it works

INTRODUCTION
Modern Technology makes Online Training possible and although the concept is already in use for a long time, it is new to the 4x4 Industry. Online Training should not be a problem for the larger 4x4 community as most of us are very active and familiar with social media like online forums.


THE NEW ONLINE 4X4 TRAINING CONCEPT  - FULL ACCESS OPTION (option C below)
The new ONLINE 4x4 TRAINING program will be based on learning by watching video clips compiled to provide the same  feeling of attending a theoretical or practical class.
Option A : Certified : Theoretical Training Only : You can enroll for any course to do only the theoretical part. Watch the video clips for that course, complete the relevant questionnaire and get certified if successful. Practical attendance is optional but highly recommended. Candidates who are attending the practical session as well will be certified accordingly.
Option B : Accredited : Theory + Practical Assessment : Enroll as a candidate for a specific course. A questionnaire and/or assignment can be completed after watching the video clips which forms part of your Portfolio of Evidence. After working through all the lectures, the candidate can book to have him/her assessed practically at venues strategic placed throughout the country.
Option C : FULL ACCESS TO ALL CLIPS  : Enroll normally online but select the option FULL ACCESS ONLY. You will have access to all the training video clips. No certification, accreditation or support are applicable just plain self learning. Previously with this option we offered FREE TRAINING but only with limited access to the video clips. We have decided to let go the FREE option and instead offer FULL ACCESS to all clips but with a small annual subscription fee. FREE TRAINING clips will still be made available on our FACEBOOK PAGE (please LIKE or FOLLOW to receive it).  New and improved updates will be uploaded on a regular basis which makes our 4x4 learning an ongoing process.  New techniques, new vehicles, new features will be part as long as 4x4 off-road exists. This option is h
ighly recommended for the 4x4 enthusiast, even if you have done the courses ONLINE or via the TRADITIONAL way.

THE ONLINE 4X4 PROGRAM WAS SCHEDULED TO START IN JANUARY 2016, BUT IT IS DELAYED WITH A FEW MONTHS.
We are expecting now to start it April / May 2016. The plan is to release at least one video tutorial (lecture) every second month and numbered for easy following. The index of all the lectures will indicate which lecture belongs to which 4x4 course. The starting date of the first practical assessments for accredited course will be announced later.  The theoretical lectures must be completed first and then depends it on the number of candidates in that region (option B above only).


BENEFITS OF OUR ONLINE 4X4 TRAINING OVER NORMAL INHOUSE TRAINING
(1) The biggest advantage of selecting ONLINE 4x4 TRAINING, is that you will receive a much  more comprehensive training. No INHOUSE training ever can beat that firstly due to the limited teaching time. 
(2) The content and covered topics of the ONLINE 4x4 TRAINING will stretch far beyond the outcomes of the current off-road unit standards and will capture many many years of 4x4 experience and research.
(3) A complete NEW 4x4 course is also introduced in the ONLINE 4x4 TRAINING curriculum. The 4x4 RECOVERY OFFICER. This special course is aimed at the 4x4 enthusiast who will be able to do 4x4 recoveries professionally understanding much more than safety & handling procedures. Applicable engineering principles, properties of materials, strength calculations, load cell experiments, etc  forms part. (relative easy to understand)    
(4) ONLINE 4x4 TRAINING can be done in the comfort of your home and when you are relaxed.
(5) ONLINE 4x4 TRAINING can be done at a time that is convenient for you.
(6) You determine your own learning PACE, not everyone's learning ability is the same.
(7) ONLINE 4x4 TRAINING is ideal for the experienced 4x4 driver  too avoid the lengthy compilation of the RPL Port Folio of Evidence.
(8) The ONLINE 4x4 TRAINING PROGRAMME  is  more cost effective.
(9) Quality Training is assured - the training is consistent, not dependant of instructor's mood or human error. All the topics are covered in a structured manner.
(10) You can repeat the training clips as many times as you wish for more clarity or better understanding, even after the course.
(11) For a very small fee, you will have access to the training video clips of all ONLINE 4x4 courses that we offer.
(12) Get trained on an ongoing basis. Access to online course material do not seize after finishing a course. You will still be able to view new or improved clips that are related to that course. For this reason It is worthwhile to enroll as a member even if you have already done the INHOUSE training.
(13) The full training costs is payable in 2 easy installments.one installment at enrollment and the balance when ready to be assessed practically.
NOTE : PRACTICAL EXERCISES/TRAINING IS ESSENTIAL TO GAIN THE NECESSARY 4X4 SKILLS AND IT CANNOT BE REPLACED BY KNOWLEDGE ALONE.


SUMMARY OF THE ONLINE TRAINING PROCESS
Step1. - Decide which course to follow and enroll online to receive student number and access to the learning pages .
Step2. - Watch all the YouTube video clips (numbered lectures) for that course. (Theoretical and Practical demonstrations)
Step3. - Download the questionnaire linked to each video clip (lecture) and complete on your own time and keep it to hand in at the practical assessment.
Step4. - Get skilled and practice the physical tasks and complete the quick and easy assignments.
Step5. - When ready to be assessed, book your practical assessment online - select the venue closest or most convenient for you.
Step6. - Attend the Practical training & Final assessments. Hand in all assignments.
Prospective candidates can start at any time after  Feb 2016.
By joining the ONLINE 4x4 TRAINING program is the same as investing in your 4x4 Lifestyle, and that is what every proud 4x4 enthusiast should do.


ONLINE 4x4 COURSES
1. Basic 4x4 Driving Skills which includes outcomes of US254135
2. Advanced 4x4 Driving & Recovery which includes outcomes of US254154
3. Recreational 4x4 Course which includes both SAQA off-road unit standards.
4. Recovery Officer  (master level)


TRAINING MEDIUM
Initially, all the training video clips will be in AFRIKAANS. The ENGLISH version/track will follow soon. The PORTFOLIO OF EVIDENCE and TRAINING MANUAL are available in ENGLISH ONLY.


PLANNED ASSESSMENT VENUES
Expect more places to choose from in coming months.
Western Cape : Cape Town
Eastern Cape : Port Elizabeth
Southern Cape : George
Northern Cape : Upington
Freestate and North West : Bloemfontein
Gauteng : Pretoria
KZN : Durban


COST & PAYMENT STRUCTURE
The costs consist of the following components :
(a). Starting Fees - first installment payable on enrolment. Non refundable
(b). Assessment Fees - final installment payable on booking for the practical assessment.
(c). 4x4 Track and/or camping fees - payable at the gates directly to the venue representative, and is not included at the price below




































*  - Assessment prices are based on a minimum number of 5 candidates per venue. Cape Town is currently not subjected to minimum numbers. All courses must be completed within 2 years. Prices are subject to change.


REQUIREMENTS TO ENROL
Option A
2 x certified copies of ID
2 x passport size photo's
Option B

2 x certified copies of ID
2 x certified copies of driver's license
2 x passport size photo's
Recovery Officer
US254154
2 x certified copies of ID
2 x certified copies of driver's license
2 x passport size photo's

CERTIFICATION
Normally 3 to 4 weeks after the practical assessments. Successful candidates will receive an A4 certificate plus a wallet certificate. Both laminated.


NOTE REGARDING SAQA OFF-ROAD UNIT STANDARDS
Our ONLINE TRAINING (and our INHOUSE TRAINING ) offers much more than what is covered in the outcomes of the off-road Unit Standards. We believe there are shortcomings in the off-road unit standards to consider it as complete courses. Apart from that, the unit standard prescribes the learning outcomes , but not any methods. It uses the phrase 'best practices' which could be different meanings for different training providers. Our courses provides the candidates  the necessary knowledge and skills to experience 4x4 off-road with confidence.


ONLINE 4X4 TRAINING IS IDEAL FOR 4X4 CLUBS TO TRAIN THEIR MEMBERS
Most 4x4 clubs have very experience members to assist beginners, but does not have the accreditation to officially qualify members. ONLINE 4X4 TRAINING is the perfect opportunity and easy way out. Club trainers can use our curriculum and train their own members. They can even become assessors to do the practical assessments. 4x4 Clubs that wishes to go this route please contact us for this special offer.


RPL OPTION FOR EXPERIENCED 4X4 ENTHUSIASTS : RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
The ONLINE TRAINING option is ideal for experienced 4x4 drivers to get qualified against both off-road unit standards for a fraction of the cost and time. Skip the Skills Training section and the lectures you already familiar with, and concentrate only on the gaps identified to complete.


THE OLD ONLINE 4X4 TRAINING SYSTEM NOW DISCONTINUED
The older system is based mainly on self study of a training manual and the completion of a few assignments which did not attract many 4x4 enthusiast. We also had a problem with distant practical assessments as we relied on outside  assessors who did not share the same values to this project the way we do. A further obstruction were that the system was Windows based and could not serve Apple computer users. All the existing online candidates will be dealt with and will have the opportunity to join the new online system without any extra costs.

WHY CHOSING the
4x4 Offroad Academy
We are the true professionals, as this is our day job.  We don't just train our heart out. We also learn, do experiments, do research, find scientific and engineering explanations, trash the bad advice, constantly improving our teaching abilities and methods. There are amateur 4x4 training companies bragging "leading the way". That is actually the same slogan of a well known vehicle company. Be assured that we are not one of the followers of their self proclaimed dream. We are totally  independent and not ruled by any brand or sponsorship. 

Course Fees
Option A Theory
Option A Practical Attendance
(optional)
Starting Fees
Option B
Practical Assessment Fees
Option B
Unit Standard
Option B
Total Amount
Option B
Notational Hours
Basic 4x4 Driving Skills R400 * R1000
One day
R600 * R1100
One day
254135 R1700 40
Advanced 4x4 & Recovery Skills R650 * R1800
1.5 days
R850 * R1900
1.5 days
254154 R2750 80
Basic + Advanced
4x4 Training
R900 *R2000
Two days
R1400 *R2100
Two days
254135 + 254154 R3500 120
Recreational 4x4 (Basic + Advanced + GPS Camping ) R1200 * R3000
2.5 days
Camp style
R1500 * R3200
2.5 days
Camp style
Includes 254135 + 254154 R4700 120
Recovery Officer Training
Master Level
Requirement : US254154
R2000     *R4000
Two days
Compulsary
  R6000  
FULL ACCESS -  One year access to all clips of all the courses. R500   No certificate. No official course enrolment, no support, only viewing .
Highly recommended for the 4x4 enthusiast, even if you have done the courses the traditional way.