Class 5 Driver Licence

Develop your driving skills, knowledge and experience so you can operate and drive heavy combination vehicles (trucks with trailers and articulated vehicles) up to 44 tonnes, and gain your NZ Transport Agency Class 5 Driver Licence.

This part-time course includes practical driving skills, backing skills, knowledge of stress and fatigue management, and heavy vehicle combination dynamics.

Content Details

Depending on your driving experience it will take you approximately 2 days with pre-course study to achieve your Class 5 Driver Licence. As part of the course you'll be required to:

  • complete the pre-course study materials, which will be sent out to you
  • attend class for 2 days 8.00am-4.30pm
  • complete up to 16 hours practical driver training including the Class 5 licence assessment


Planned intakes*: October, November
Delivery modes: Part-time
Locations*: Mt. Maunganui (Logistics Training Centre)
Duration: 2 days

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

The dates are a guide only. After you have enrolled and paid for this course we will post you study books to be completed in your own time, at your own pace.

On completion of this pre-course work you contact the tutor and a mutually agreeable time is arranged to attend a day in class for the  assessment/s.

The day following the class activities is the driver training and practical assessment.

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $1,392.00

2017 international students $1,673.00

Additional charges will apply if any extra drive time is required.

2018 fees to be confirmed

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

On successful completion of the programme you will receive:

  • NZTA Class 5 Driver Licence and related NZQA unit standards

Career Opportunities

Driver of:

  • log trucks
  • milk tankers
  • truck & trailer
  • line-haul
  • bulk tipping
  • semi-trailer driving

Entry Criteria

  • Course 1 and 2: you must hold an NZTA Class 5 learner licence
  • Or, Course 2 only:  Holders of the Class 4 licence may enrol only in Course 2 to update their knowledge of new worktime and logbook requirements