ATV Sit In or Side by Side
The time has come for you to get your ATV Sit In and trailer qualification. You could be:
- new to driving a Sit In ATV or side by side and trailer
- used them in the past
- have the opportunity for a new contract or tender
- need evidence of ATV certification to show competence
- an awesome volunteer who wants to help out more on your favourite site
There are many reasons on why you have found your way here and we understand you may have lots of questions. Or you know exactly what you are looking for.
No matter where you are coming from the place to start when driving ATV Sit In (Polaris / Gators) and trailers is here.
Not only is this a great starting place for those who have not used or had the experience of driving a Sit In ATV (like Polaris or Gator) or side-by-side and trailer. As folk tend to forget that we all have to start somewhere. It is perfect for those experienced users too. As in everything, there is always the potential to learn something new if you are open to the experience.
This ATV certification is for those who have been working within the land based sector such as a:
- conservation worker
- volunteer for a local group
- utility worker e.g. rail, highways
Our ATV Sit-In and trailers course allow you plenty of time to learn to carry out pre-use checks and drive the Sit-In ATV safely. If you are a complete newbie to driving ATV Sit In and trailers we would recommend a two-day course before taking the assessment. Please contact us for more details and a price.
The place to start. . .
Many of you are already actively using driving ATV Sit In’s and trailers. However, you may have discovered that as a professional operator you need a certificate of competence. To enable you to carry on doing so.
Although we train the ATV Sit In, on one particular model. This does not restrict you in the future. You will be able to drive an ATV Sit In of any make and model. Consequently, you will probably need a little guidance from another trained operator for specific machines though and any specific quirks they may have.
You may have been asked by:
- your farm assurance body
- your employer
- or a new contract opportunity to demonstrate competence through certification
- or your insurance company
You could be new to the job or have been doing it for over 40 years and things have changed. If so and you are faced with having to gain your ATV Sit In qualification have you been:
- struggling to find the right fit in terms of a training provider?
- confused by all the names, numbers and acronyms for the land based courses that are available to you?
- worried you will get it wrong or waste your hard-earned money?
- concerned that it will feel like going back to school?
- looking to gain a qualification to continue with jobs because legislation has changed?
- offered a new and exciting contract, but need another ticket/qualification to seal the deal?
Then we can help you!
No matter which sector you are coming from, and your level of experience. We can work with you to understand your training needs. To tailor a programme and provide courses that will be suitable for you.
Providing award-winning training through tailored, flexible, friendly, approachable trainers and assessors.
All courses are run in small groups. To ensure you have as much time as needed to learn and experience the requirements for the assessments. If you chose to take them. Trainers and assessors are experienced, friendly, and approachable.
Finally, as with all Lowe Maintenance courses, you get support and advice via email or on the phone, if you need it in the future. Just because you’ve completed the course doesn’t mean you can’t get in touch if you need more information or guidance.
City and Guilds accreditation
Is the certificate you will gain on successful completion of your ATV sit in and trailer assessment.
A one-day course, with the assessment at the end of the day.
Group sizes are no more than four candidates to one trainer, so nice small group sizes. To allow for plenty of discussion and questions.
On this gator/ATV licence you will be learning about:
- ATV Sit In and trailer maintenance
- identifying all the controls on the ATV Sit In
- pre use checks for ATV Sit In and trailers
- the risks involved in driving ATV Sit In and trailers and how to stay safe
- driving on various terrain
- body positioning and centre of gravity
- importance of biosecurity
- industry best practice
- what you need to do in an emergency
- how health and safety legislation will affect you
You will have to bring your own PPE as it is not good practice to share sweaty helmets. But don’t worry we provide a thorough list of exactly what you need to bring with you so no hiccups on the day.
On booking your course you will be given access to the candidate portal, where you will find lots of leaflets and documentation to read through, ideally before you attend the course. This helps you with the terminology during the course and gives you a heads-up of what to expect in any discussions and practical sessions. There could even be some videos we need you to watch to help embed your learning in preparation for your assessments.
The ATV sit-in or side-by-side and trailer course is one day, with the assessment at the end of that day, you will be assessed by an independent City and Guilds assessor.
We may be stating the obvious and it is sad that we have to be saying this as it appears it is not common practice.
When attending a course with us, you must follow any instructions that are given when using any equipment and carrying out tasks, for the safety of all involved.
For further details please see our terms and conditions for courses.
Other courses of interest to you
Under PUWER regulations anyone using machinery within their work must have received adequate training whether it be formal or informal and must meet the requirements of their insurance company.
Non independant training and assessment means that the training and assessment are completed at different times. So in the case of hand held hedge cutter all the training is done first and then each person is assessed seperately. The training and assessment can be done by the same trainer/assessor or different ones.
As part of the course you will be expected to drive:
- and along slopes
General pre-use checks to ensure suitability to drive, such as fuel, oil, water, electrics, tyres, air filter etc.
Anything above and beyond would be carried out when you send the machines for servicing.
ATV’s are sometimes seen as a bit of fun and not fully respected, at the end of the day it is a machine designed to do a job and if mis-used the consequences can be fatal. Fatalities are becoming more frequent due to people not understanding the machine and its capabilities.
Under Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 you are required to wear appropriate PPE in the workplace. A helmet therefore should be worn.
Common sense would hopefully kick in, these machines are not toys and as such you should ensure you are wearing a helmet at all times. Also, if you are able to take passengers they too should be wearing a helmet.
If you have chosen to do the trailer unit, then yes.
You need to be able to reverse around a 90-degree angle.
We would advise getting some practice in beforehand if you haven’t done much before.
If you choose to do the trailer unit too, then yes. Ideally try and get some practice in reversing the trailer before attending the course and assessment.
If you don’t require the trailer unit, please let us know on booking as we automatically put you down for it at the same time.
If you are driving on the road, then yes you will need a driving licence.
No, you will learn during the course what is needed and what is expected of you under Health and Safety and PUWER legislation.
When driving an ATV Sit In:
- ATV helmet
- safety glasses (if applicable)
- ear defenders (if applicable)
- non-snag clothing, ideally coveralls
- safety footwear
No, it is dependent on which machine you will be driving.
- ATV sit astride
- ATV sit in
- Argo cat
Are all different qualifications.
Legally you must be over 13 years old.
However, manufacturers may state that you have to be 16 years old if this is the case that is the age that someone must be to drive that particular model.
Yes, if the machine is in safe working order and you have the terrain to enable the course to be completed on. Please get in touch to discuss the suitability of your machine and site.