When used correctly, All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), or quad bikes, are very versatile vehicles with a wide variety of uses, both for business and recreational operators. A range of attachments, including trailers, sprayers and spreaders make them even more flexible and effective business tools.

But even the most experienced ATV riders can find themselves in hazardous and potentially dangerous situations. Serious accidents can and do occur without proper training.

Training is a legal requirement. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) require employers to provide adequate training and to ensure that ATVs are used only by employees who have received appropriate training in their safe use, including towed equipment and attachments. If you are self-employed, the regulations still apply.

Course Objectives

  • comply with legal requirements with an emphasis on Safe Practice
  • identify the risks associated with using a sit-astride or sit-in ATV
  • select and use appropriate P.P.E.
  • understand the main causes of accidents
  • identify the controls and components
  • understand the function of all instruments
  • carry out daily checks as indicated in the Operator’s Manual
  • carry out appropriate pre-start checks
  • identify and report any faults
  • start up and drive over a variety of terrain and ground conditions
  • carry out a ‘Failed Hill’ climb (full course only)
  • carry out a Risk Assessment and plan the route
  • operate the sit-astride or sit-in ATV safely on a variety of slopes and terrain (full course only)
  • identify loading/towing capacities
  • drive with loads and trailed equipment (full course)
  • load and secure for transport on the road (if appropriate)
  • understand legal and practical requirements for travelling on the public road
  • identify track profile and weight transfer
  • load and unload machine from trailer/lorry

Who is the course for?

Anyone required to use a sit-astride or sit-in (Argo) ATV as part of their work. This would include novices and experienced operators who require their skills up-dating, with certification.


1 or 2 days dependant on the candidate’s experience.

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