• Must have a Class 4 heavy rigid vehicle full licence for more than 6 months or an LTNZ exemption.

  • Have experience driving a Class 4 heavy rigid vehicle.

 1) To obtain a Class 5 heavy combination learner licence

a) Purchase a Heavy Vehicle Road Code, from any bookshop (approx $25).

b) Study parts 1,2,3,4.

c) 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.

d) 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.

e) Sit and pass the Class 5 learner licence (approx $79.00).

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

2) Driving a Class 5 heavy combination vehicle.

Note: If you can supply a Class 5 heavy combination vehicle (it must have a GCM more than 22.5 tonnes and be loaded to 50% of itís payload for the licence assessment drive) then it will save hiring one and having to find the required load.

a) Driving training programme: - this will involve driving a Class 5 heavy combination 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 3 unit standards;

I)                 Unit No. 17577 Driver Licence.
II)                Unit No. 1734 Managing Stress.
III)               Unit No. 15164 Drivers Logbook unless you currently hold this unit standard.

I)        Unit No. 17577 Driver Licence requires you to have a knowledge and skills to:

a)  Connect a heavy trailer to the prime mover.

b) Inspect a heavy combination vehicle for legal compliance,

c)  Drive a combination vehicle in different road conditions.

d) Manoeuvre a heavy combination vehicle in reverse.

e)  Park a heavy combination vehicle and disconnect the trailer from the prime mover.

f)  Park and secure a heavy combination primer mover.

g) Maintain a driving hours logbook and explain accident procedures for a heavy combination vehicle.

h) Describe night driving aids and hazards.

i)  Demonstrate knowledge of vehicle stability and handling characteristics that affect heavy combination motor vehicles.

II)    Unit No. 1734 Managing Stress.  This is a compulsory unit and will require you to study a theory package and then sit a theory test paper. 


III)   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 17577.

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

c) If required, sit and pass the theory assessment for the stress unit No. 1734.

d) 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.

e) Carry out in cab adjustments.

f) 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.

g) 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.