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Operate Over-Snow Vehicles Course

Course Description

This program provides the confidence and competency to safely operate an over-snow vehicle including the systematic, safe and efficient control of all vehicle functions and the effective management of hazardous conditions. This applies to use for transportation of personnel and/or resources in snow covered terrain.

The aim of this program is to develop the knowledge and skills required to safely undertake over-snow operations on over-snow vehicles such as skidoos, snowcats and all-terrain vehicles (ATV) in a variety of activities in a snow environment.

Unit of Competency

  • PUASES015 Operate over-snow vehicle

Course Outline

  • The 7 principles of “Leave No Trace”
  • Planning for overnight activities in remote alpine environments
  • Consideration and appreciation of navigation in unmodified alpine terrain under extreme environmental conditions and poor visibility
  • Legislation, rules, regulations and responsibilities applicable to use of over-snow vehicles
  • General maintenance, fuelling precautions and trouble shooting
  • Pre-use inspection
  • Body positioning, manoeuvring and braking
  • Over-snow vehicle handling techniques
  • Emergency procedures
  • Towing
  • Incident Reporting
  • Refurbishment of equipment and resources
  • Backcountry safety considerations

Mode of Delivery

This course will be delivered via face to face at one of our leading facilities.

For group bookings we can deliver this course at your location (click “Get a Quote” to find out more).


This course is scheduled for:

1-2 days of face-to-face learning and assessment

Pre-Requisite and Entry Requirements

Students must hold a current valid driver's licence and an over-snow licence issued by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service which must be supplied at the time of enrolment.

Students holding a previous certification for the unit of competency and are seeking recognition must supply their credential at the time of enrolment.

Students must have language, literacy and numeracy skills (LLN) to interpret and apply relevant information to commence learning in this program. An LLN assessment may be conducted upon receipt of enrolment application to ensure each student has the appropriate level of skills required to undertake this course.


Students who successfully complete this course and demonstrate competence will receive a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment under the Australian Qualifications Framework. The certification will be issued by Risk Response and Rescue (RTO 90774).


  • For individual and group bookings please click “Get a Quote” to find out more or Contact Us.

Course Inclusions

All course materials, handouts and personal protective equipment will be provided.

Student Requirements

Due to the nature of this course, students are required to be previously trained and experienced in alpine survival protocols and previous certification will be confirmed prior to entry into this course. 

Students must wear appropriate clothing and footwear when attending face-to-face sessions.

Refer to the Participant Information Handbook for information about our policies and procedures.


*Learning and assessment hours will vary depending on your existing skills, underpinning knowledge and prior experience and your commitment to your learning and practical application of activities.