Before you take the next step, it will be helpful to learn more about who and what we offer. The I4WDTA is composed of Certified Trainers who, collectively have among them literally centuries of off-road, back country, and vehicle recovery experience. Some have motorsports, independent guide, and training businesses; others may serve as after-market vehicle equipment manufacturers or specialty vehicle builders; still others are automotive vehicle consultants or engineers. The Association represents a diverse population of men and women who share a similar passion – the safe operation of Off Highway Vehicles (OHV), cherishing the outdoors, and providing years of enjoyment for all OHV enthusiasts.
We receive many questions from individuals, many new to this recreational activity, who want to prepare themselves for operating their OHV at the best of their ability and prepare themselves for potential challenges they could meet on the trail. We applaud you for your responsibility and initiative! As we say, “the most valuable 4WD equipment you can purchase is what you put between your ears”!
It takes years of diverse experience to become an I4WDTA Certified Trainer, but there is a way to start you on that pathway. We most often recommend that you start your training locally, with one of our Certified Trainers, who can provide that basic, entry-level training and education. Often you will find an opportunity to build a mentoring relationship with that Certified Trainer and further expand your experience level with other OHV opportunities and travel. Most of our members also offer advanced 4WD training seminars, enhancing or introducing more complicated driving and vehicle recovery techniques with a variety of devices.
Upon completing Basic and Advanced Skills Training with one of our many Certified Trainers, you may choose to become a Certified Trainer yourself. It’s at this point you may desire to enter into the I4WDTA as a Candidate Trainer by submitting your application, resume or curriculum vitae, and application and membership fee. For more details on this Testing for Certification (TFC) please navigate to the “Become a Certified Trainer” page.
Learning doesn’t stop after your training. OHV operation and recovery, vehicle advancements, and new equipment developments all influence your ability to provide clients with the most contemporary practice in the field. What you know is a perishable skill set and must be continuously practiced. For this reason, I4WDTA offers Continuing Education (CE) opportunities for Certified Trainers. We perform this through web-based training, information dissemination through the “Trainer Only” forums of the I4WDTA website, and serving as adjunct TFC trainers for Candidate Trainers.