Off-Road Vehicle Operator Training

The Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Operator Training course is a more comprehensive two day in-person course that focuses on training and skills identified as critically important for high-risk conditions operators will encounter in industrial forestry settings.  

Recognizing that ORV use is statistically one of the highest-risk job activities in the forest industry, this course includes the same focus on fundamental knowledge and practical skills necessary for safe ORV operation as BC Forest Safety Council’s one-day Off-Road Vehicle Safety Training course, plus a second day covering more advanced topics.

Participants learn critical safety practices, emergency response procedures, and legislative requirements related to operating and transporting ORVs. Additionally, the course includes more extensive instruction for activities such as loading/unloading and securing, trailering and navigating difficult terrain. The training covers various ORV types, including four-wheel All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs), and side-by-sides.

This course is available in English only. Participants will receive a record of completion.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, you will be able to demonstrate or describe:

  • ORV safety features and PPE requirements
  • Unloading, loading and securing ORV’s for transport
  • Pre-trip inspections
  • Basic operation controls and starting procedures
  • Loading and securing cargo
  • Effective strategies for safe operation techniques and skills
  • Effective route planning, how to navigate rough and complex terrain and machine recovery
  • Trailer Towing basics

Course Outline


Participants must have completed the online Off-Road Vehicle Knowledge Unit and verified its completion prior to attending in-person sessions.

Additional Information 

Participants need to:

  • Bring a valid driver’s licence.
  • Provide their own ORV, ideally those that will be used in the workplace.
  • Bring an approved helmet that meets legislative requirements.
  • Wear appropriate clothing. Most of the course is outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Bring their own food and hydration for the day. Lunch is not provided.

Session Scheduling & Enrollment 

This course is offered primarily on request by an external provider, Overland Training Canada

Group size is limited to 8 participants. To register for public sessions (as scheduled) or to learn more about requesting a private group session, contact Overland Training Canada