New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) (Level 3)

Want to be a professional truck driver? 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, up to 44 tonnes, for you to practice on 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

During the course you'll study:

  • AUTO3047: Introductory Skills
  • AUTO3048: Industry Skills
  • AUTO3049: Vehicle Technology
  • AUTO3050: Professional Operator Skills
  • AUTO3051: Specialist Driving Skills

You'll also get plenty of 'on-the-job' training, spending regular time (up to two days per week) working in the industry with commercial truck companies, gaining valuable experience driving and other associated tasks.


Planned intakes*: January, February, April, July
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Road Transport, Warehousing & Logistics Training Centre Tauranga, Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Tokoroa
Duration: 19 weeks

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

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

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic fees $4,850.00

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

On successful completion of the relevant courses, you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) (Level 3)

During the course you will also gain:

  • Class 2 Full truck licence
  • Class 4 Full truck Licence
  • Class 5 Full truck Licence
  • DG (dangerous goods) Endorsement
  • F (forklift) Endorsement
  • Work Safe Operators Forklift Certificate

Career Opportunities

  • Fuel Driver
  • Log Drivers
  • Ground Spreading
  • Contracting
  • Civil Works
  • Transport Management
  • Transport Operations
  • Dairy Industry/Primary Industry
  • 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)
New Zealand Diploma in International Freight Logistics (Freight Forwarding) (Level 5)
New Zealand Certificate in Supply Chain Management (Level 5)
New Zealand Diploma in Supply Chain Management (Level 6)

Entry Criteria

  • Must hold the appropriate Full New Zealand Drivers Licence for the mandatory NZTA period (3 or 6 months)
  • NCEA Level 1 in English and Maths, or equivalent


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.