Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Level 3)

Want to be a professional truck driver? Get your training and qualifications right here in Tauranga with this 16 week full-time truck driving course that gives you all the skills and knowledge you need to safely drive and operate trucks up to 18 tonnes.

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology is the only place in the country offering this degree of training – it's the only provider with a full size training warehouse and yard plus a range of multi-tonne equipment for you to practice on.

You can start working and do further part-time study to complete the Class 4 and Class 5 licence strands which will allow you to drive trucks up to 44 tonnes and earn the big bucks.

You'll gain your Class 2 licence early on and learn to drive forklifts, handle dangerous goods, do daily truck pre-checks, fill out logbook and load manifests, position trucks for loading, load vehicles, secure a basic load, operate truck curtains, load and unload containers, and meet legal requirements for load weights, driving hours, and road user charges.

Content Details

This programme provides you with support while you develop your skills, knowledge and competence to load, unload, and drive a heavy rigid vehicle, up to 18 tonnes, safely and lawfully. The programme includes:

  • Safe driving skills and knowledge of traffic law to meet requirements for a NZ Transport Agency Class 2 Driver Licence
  • Presentation, safety and communication skills to assist you to participate competently in the workplace
  • Commercial road transport driving skills and risk reduction techniques that will prepare you to contribute to road transport services
  • Vehicle systems knowledge, loading procedures and restraint systems
  • Communication in the workplace; stress and health issues and understanding the New Zealand road transport industry

Work Experience
You'll spend regular time (up to two days per week) on work experience with commercial truck companies, gaining valuable experience driving and other associated tasks.

Strands (Part-time)

Continue your training part-time to gain your National Certificate and Class 4 and 5 licences.

Strand 1 - Class 4 Truck Driver Licence
Learn safe driving skills and knowledge of vehicle dynamics to operate a heavy rigid motor vehicle and meet requirements for a NZ Transport Agency Class 4 Driver Licence.

Strand 2 - Class 5 Truck Driver Licence
Further develop your skills, knowledge and experience to be able to 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.

The programme includes:

  • Practical driving skills
  • Backing skills
  • Knowledge of stress and fatigue management
  • Heavy vehicle combination dynamics

Dates/Times/Locations

The core programme is 16 weeks full-time with classes usually held Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 4.30pm for the first 3 weeks and the remainder of the time will be three days a week in class and two days at work experience.

Strand 1 is a further 3 weeks, and Strand 2 is a further 4 weeks.

You will also be required to undertake self-directed study beyond scheduled class time.

Strand 1 - Class 4 Truck Driver (Part-time)
It will take you approximately three weeks to achieve your Class 4 Driver Licence (depending on your driving experience). During the programme dates you will be required to:

  • complete up to eight hours practical driver training including the Class 4 licence assessment.

Strand 2 - Class 5 Truck Driver (Part-time)
It will take you approximately three weeks to achieve your Class 5 Driver Licence (depending on your driving experience). During the programme dates you will be required to:

  • attend class on the first two days of the programme, 8.00am to 4.30pm, to cover the theory for the Class 5 licence and heavy combination vehicle dynamics and
  • complete up to 16 hours practical driver training including the Class 5 Licence assessment

StartModeLocationDuration
20 Feb 2017Full-timeTauranga16 weeks
18 Apr 2017Full-timeTauranga16 weeks
26 Jun 2017Full-timeTauranga16 weeks
17 Jul 2017Full-timeTokoroa16 weeks

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $4,287.00 tuition fee (includes Strand 1 and Strand 2) PLUS course related costs

2017 international students $15,795.00 tuition fee (includes Strand 1 and Strand 2) PLUS course related costs

2017 course related costs: $645.40 (please enquire for details)

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 relevant courses, you will receive:

Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Level 3) [Full-time]

  • Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Level 3)
  • NZ Transport Agency Class 2 Driver Licence
  • Comprehensive First Aid Certificate
  • D (Dangerous Goods), F (Forklift), R (Rollers), T (Tracks) and W (Wheels) endorsements
  • OSH Code of Practice forklift safety certificate

Strand 1 - Class 4 Truck Driver

  • NZ Transport Agency Class 4 Driver Licence

Strand 2 - Class 5 Truck Driver

  • NZ Transport Agency Class 5 Driver Licence

Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Level 3) [Full-time] AND Strands 1 & 2

  • National Certificate in Goods Service (Heavy Vehicle Driver) Heavy Combination Vehicle (Level 3)

Career Opportunities

  • Truck and trailer driver
  • Logging truck driver
  • Transport operations
  • Bulk fuel or liquids

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

National Certificate in Road Transport Management (Operations) (Level 4)

Entry Criteria

Certificate in Commercial Road Transport Level 3 (Full-time)

To gain entry into this programme, you must meet the following criteria

  • Applicants must have held their full NZ car licence (NZTA Class 1) for at least 6 months prior to the programme start date.  In addition, applicants must be able to evidence their ability to drive a vehicle with manual transmission.
  • Trainees will be required to read and comprehend various transport laws and regulations, therefore applicants will require NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy or Unit Standard  1279 (Level 3. Credits 2) Write in Plain English or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills, knowledge and competence.

Mature students with life skills and/or work experience who do not meet these requirements but have the equivalent ability and experience are encouraged to apply.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.