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


Subject area

Automotive Vehicle Operations



20 Weeks

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the commercial road transport industry with people who have the skills and knowledge to safely and competently operate heavy rigid vehicles or heavy combination vehicles.
This qualification is targeted at new or existing heavy vehicle drivers who wish to gain skills and knowledge beyond those required to be a licence holder. Learners will benefit by having a qualification that enables improved job performance and enhanced employment opportunities in the field of commercial road transport.
This qualification does not permit the holder to drive a motor vehicle on New Zealand roads without a current relevant driver licence issued by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA).

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

Academic requirements NCEA Level 1 or; A qualification at Level 1 or above, with evidence of literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1), or Evidence of relevant knowledge and experience, including literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1) (In this case the applicant may be required to participate in an enrolment interview with the purpose of verifying the evidence). Due to NZTA licensing requirements, no international students will be enrolled. Applicants whose English is not their first language must have an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence. English language requirements: International Students This programme is open to international students Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme Ways, in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction(conditions apply); completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language(Level 3 with any endorsement); approved scores on IELTS tests( Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5); or completion of accepted international equivalents., Other requirements: All applicants must: Hold a New Zealand Class 1 license for a minimum of 6 months. Demonstrate the ability to drive a manual gearbox vehicle Demonstrate the ability to obtain a NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) DL9 medical certificate in no more than 60 days Be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes Due to NZTA licensing requirements, no international students will be enrolled.

Detailed requirements

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20 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$4,810 $4,810
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$6,647 $6,647
Total $11,458 $11,458

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Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

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Earnings range N/A
In employment N/A
In further study N/A
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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 225 5348
Phone: (06) 974 8000
Fax: (06) 974 8905

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