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

This popular part-time, online course attracts road transport managers, supervisors and senior drivers from all over the country who appreciate the opportunity to learn while they're earning.

It teaches you everything you need to know about leadership, and all the vital paperwork every logistics business depends on – without having to leave your home or workplace.

With a range of start dates, it’s an ideal way to upskill and future-proof yourself – whether you’re already in, or intending to enter a supervisory or management role.

Our aim is to develop supervisors and managers to run profitable and successful businesses to keep New Zealand moving. The programme is user-friendly and self-explanatory, and allows plenty of interaction with our knowledgeable tutors.

Content Details

The programme is made up of five topics, each lasting eight weeks. This includes study, research, online class interaction and assessments.

Business Management

  • Write everyday business correspondence conveying complex ideas and information 
  • Competently manage despatch of vehicles
  • Load and secure goods within transport operations
  • Gain a working understanding of fleet characteristics of both heavy goods motor vehicles and passenger service vehicles

Cost and Benefit
Gain an understanding of effective road transport operation and apply your knowledge of costs related to pricing services and vehicle purchasing.

Gain knowledge of law as it relates to contracts in the road transport industry, have the skills and knowledge to check vehicles and drivers for compliance, and be able to effectively apply occupational health and safety requirements.

Personnel Development
Manage your own personal well-being and development and gain the necessary skills in staff development and delegation to achieve the best staffing outcomes within a road transport operation.

Develop your leadership skills, including learning to apply problem solving techniques in difficult situations and managing interpersonal conflict and difficult people within a road transport operation.


Planned intakes*: February, April, June, August
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Online
Duration: One year

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

This part-time online programme is 50 weeks in duration. It is expected you will commit between 10 and 20 hours per week studying.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students $3,211.00

2017 international students $12,969.00

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

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

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

Career Opportunities

  • Operations manager
  • Fleet manager
  • Supply chain manager

Study Pathways

Other Study Pathways

  • National Diploma in Road Transport Management (Level 5)
  • National Diploma in Supply Chain Management

Entry Criteria

  • NCEA Level 2 or equivalent school qualifications, or comparable skills and knowledge learned in the workplace
  • Good skills in the areas of numeracy and literacy are essential to succeed, in both the industry and this program
  • It is expected that you will be employed, or have experience in the logistics or transport industry, and are either already in or intending to enter a supervisory or management role. Some aspects of this programme require experience in the workplace and involvement to be able to pass the method and level of assessment required.

Students are more likely to succeed if they have life and/or work experience which is relevant to the programme and are able to demonstrate that they have the ability, interest, motivation and the literacy and numeracy level to succeed in the programme

Mature students with life skills and/or work experience that can be used to demonstrate a practical understanding of the Road Transport industry are encouraged to apply.

Computing Skills
Due to the nature of programme delivery and use of computers in the industry, students will be expected to demonstrate computing skills that will enable them to participate in online learning and web-based learning management systems. It is recommended that students are comfortable using IT applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, email and the internet.

You will be required to complete a short course in computing skills during the two weeks prior to the start of the programme.

Computer Requirements

  • Access to a computer and reliable high speed internet service
  • Internet Explorer or Firefox (latest) or Chrome
  • Web cam and headset with microphone
  • Microsoft Word – minimum version 97-2003
  • Latest Adobe Flash – free to download from Adobe online
  • Latest Adobe Reader – free to download from Adobe online
  • Latest Java installed


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 4 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5.5 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.