• Must have a Class 2 medium rigid or Class 3 medium combination vehicle licence for more than 6 months or an LTNZ exemption.

  • Have been driving a large Class 2 medium rigid or a Class 3 medium combination vehicle.

 1) To obtain a Class 4 learner licence

a) Obtain a medical Certificate for Driver Licencing purposes from your doctor. This medical certificate will only last for 60 days (approx $40/50).  If you have obtained one in the last 5 years for driver licencing purposes and your medical condition hasnít changed ( you will need to verify this on your learner licence application form) this will be sufficient.

b) When you have achieved the above, visit a Licence Issuing Office (AA, Vehicle Inspection NZ, Vehicle Testing NZ), take two (2) forms of ID, one to prove your age and identity (eg. NZ driver licence, passport, birth certificate and any other legal document or photo-identity card *) and the other to prove your current residential address (eg, recent power, telephone bill or bank statement *).
* As listed on page 13 in Heavy Vehicle Road Code.

c) Obtain the Class 4 learner licence. (approx $39.30).

e) Once paper work is verified we can take you for an approx 45 minute drive in a manual Class 1 or Class 2 vehicle to assess and report on any up-skilling required to pass the full licence drive test.

2) Driving a Class 4 heavy rigid vehicle

Note: The Class 4 vehicle must be loaded to a weight greater than 12.5 tonnes and must be able to be loaded more than 50% of itís payload for the licence assessment drive.

a) Driving training programme: - this will involve driving a Class 4 heavy rigid vehicle over the training routes until you are able drive in accordance with the road code and not endanger any other road users and yourself.

b) To obtain your licence you will be required to study for 2 unit standards;

I)        Unit No. 17576 Driver Licence.
II)       Unit No. 15164 Drivers Logbook
unless you currently hold this unit standard.

I)        Unit No. 17576 Driver Licence requires you to have a knowledge and skills to:

a)  Inspect a heavy rigid motor vehicle for legal compliance.

b) Drive a heavy motor vehicle in different traffic and road conditions.

c)  Manoeuvre a heavy rigid vehicle in reverse.

d) Park and secure a heavy rigid vehicle.

II)    Unit No. 15164 Drivers Logbook.  You will be required to study the rules covering the use of logbooks and learn how to fill out a logbook page correctly.


3) Obtaining a full licence.

a) Show you have studied and understood the requirements of the driving unit no 17576.

b) If required, sit the Logbook Assessment by passing a written test and filling out 7 days of logbook pages.

c) Carry out checks including: external vehicle checks (such as all the certificates, tyre condition, tread depth and tyre pressures, all lights, horn); correct weight loading; axles are not overloaded and load secured according to the truck loading code.

d) Carry out in cab adjustments.

e) Your driving skill is to the level as laid out in LTNZ fact sheet 58 ďThe Full Licence Testď.
The drive test course must take at least 45 to 50 minutes to complete and include: - travelling through intersections with and without controls or signs; roundabouts; busy and narrow streets; highway speeds; highway stops; hill start; U turns; changing lanes; reversing straight for 3 times the vehicle length; and also left and right 90 degree turns.

f) Fill out all necessary paperwork.

4) Course costs

Training/Assessment: - Industry subsidies are available to NZ citizens for training and assessment providing all conditions are met, for example, proof of identity (Birth Certificate, NZ Passport, Australian Passport, Letter of Residency, Statement of Whakapapa, Certificate of Citizenship, Letter of Confirmation or Overseas Passport with residency stamp).
Please note
:  If you are a NZ citizen a Birth Certificate can be obtained on your behalf (approx $26.00).

Driving Tuition: - the total cost will depend on the number of driver training hours required to pass the full licence drive test (as per LTNZ fact sheet 58).


Vehicle Hire: - The hiring, fuel, kilometres travelled and loading/unloading of the assessment vehicle will be quoted at the time.