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By definition, vehicle-dependent overland travel requires a broad series of skillsets, including basic engineering review for equipment selection, management and planning skills for expedition logistics and a strong awareness of how to interact with foreign cultures and ensure your travels present the minimal environmental impact. Overland travel also requires the adventurer to drive or ride great distances in a 4wd or on an adventure motorcycle, demanding competence in varied terrain scenarios and vehicle recovery.

The principals of Overland Training identified the limited availability of proper vehicle-dependent training programs available in North America. While there are several high-quality 4wd training programs offered, none take a systematic, wholistic approach to developing the suite of skills necessary to travel efficiently and safely as an overlander.

When reviewing the attributes of successful expeditions, and after consulation with several of the worlds most accomplished expedition travelers, our staff developed the Overland Institute, and subsequently the Overland Certified™ program. Becoming Overland Certified involves completing the following three course milestones:


REGISTER for classes by reviewing our current course catalog and schedule, and by contacting our admissions office.

Overland Certified™ Program
OT200c
Comprehensive Certification Course

A week-long, comprehensive overland training course, providing driver training, recovery skills, equipment and logistics courses, navigation and the cultures and conservation capstone. With this course, Wilderness First Aid or equivalent, and a HAM license or qualified elective, a student can receive overland certification within 7-days. The 7-day format allows students to fly in to take the training using vehicles avaliable for rent from Overland Training.
Course includes the textbook Four-by-Four Driving, by Tom Sheppard of the Royal Geographic Society.

OT250c
Wilderness First Aid for Overlanding

Overland Training has teamed with Remote Medical International to provide a custom Wilderness First Aid course specifically for the overland traveller. Curriculum includes Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and certification as well as overland specific content including advanced medical kit, travel medicine, utilizing telemedicine assistance, and American Heart Association Adult Heartsaver CPR/AED instruction and certification. While we highly advise the Overland WFA course to those pursuing Overland Certification, we do accept medical training from NOLS and Wilderness Medical Associates. WFA is the lowest level of medical certification permitted to receive Overland Certification. Other levels of training can satisfy this certification requirement, like Wilderness EMT, Wilderness First Responder, etc. Contact Overland Training staff to discuss equivalencies.

OT260c
HAM License

Satisfies elective course for Overland Certification. A HAM license permits the operator to transmit and receive communications with mobile, handheld and base units throughout the world (transmitting is regulated by local laws and reciprocal agreements with other countries). Effective communications and awareness of high-performance communication solutions is an important skill for the prepared overlander.

Graduate Level Advanced Overland Training
Requires Overland Certification or instructor approval
OT410
Advanced Adventure Trailer Towing

Advanced trailer towing is a two-day course that focuses on advanced trailer towing skills and advanced trail towing scenarios. Particular emphasis is placed on trailer set-up, load distribution, tongue weighting, brake systems and field repair. Towing skills include hill climbing, cambered obstacles, advanced backing skills, marshaling (spotting) and trailer recovery techniques.

OT422
Advanced Field Repair: 4wd

The advanced field repair course focuses on predictive and preventative maintenance strategies, failure-mode diagnosis, advanced troubleshooting and assessment. Field exercises will challenge your troubleshooting skills and develop confidence and creativity in solving mechanical failures. Additional instruction includes developing a spares and tools specification, researching common failures and resources for assistance while in the field.

OT440
Advanced Overland Navigation

Navigation can be one of the most challenging of overland tasks. In this course we build on the basics from the Overland Certification course and put those methods into practice in the field. We will also introduce and become familiar with UTM and emergency navigation using the sun and stars. Extensive use of map and compass and the chance to go through and learn your GPS. This course is a must for those who travel by themselves, those who intend to travel overseas and anyone planning on leading or guiding overland expeditions.

OT480
Advanced Vehicle Preparation: 4wd

A 4wd vehicle, like any other piece of expedition equipment, requires proper preparation for the demands of a given journey. While some overland expeditions favor a lightly modified vehicle, certain undertakings demand the greatest preparation and modification to the base platform. The Vehicle preparation course focuses on developing an expedition specification, researching route conditions, seasons and regulations and balancing vehicle modification with GVWR. Particular emphasis is placed on vehicle loading, the effects of modification on vehicle handling and safety and research and testing techniques to determine the best methods for preparing your 4wd for global travel.

View our Current Course Catalog for the comprehensive course offerings and available dates.

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