This course is approved by the Tertiary Education Commission and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and Nelson Technical Institute is accredited to teach it.

Programme start date

NTI will take trainees anytime throughout the year

Programme length

20 weeks

Programme hours

Monday and Tuesday: 8:30am to 3:00pm

Wednesday: 8:30am to 12.00pm

This may vary for field work.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of self paced learning units and includes a combination of classroom theory, and on-site practical..

Programme costs

ZERO FEES - Avoid student loans — Study at NTI. ZERO FEES for 2019.

All information on fees and financial assistance are subject to change in government policy.

Normally fees for this course would be over $4,500 (GST incl).

There are additional course related costs for licencing fees (Medical (DL9) and Licence fees payable to the licencing agent - AA)

Is financial assistance available?

Financial assistance may be available to help trainees meet the costs of study. Full details of student loans and allowances are available from the office or from StudyLink.


On successful completion for this programme, and meeting any prerequisites, you will receive:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Specialist Driver) Level 4

  • Class 5 Heavy Truck Licence

What will the programme provide you with?

The programme provides trainees with the skills, knowledge and industry exposure necessary to gain employment in the Commercial Road Transport and Allied industries. The programme content is registered on the National Qualification Framework.

Qualification content

  • Core driving knowledge and skills

  • NZ Road Transport Industry

  • Customer Service

  • Class 5 Licence

  • Dynamics and Handling for safe driving

  • Advanced driving techniques for professional drivers

How are applicants selected?

All applicants are interviewed. Selection is on the basis of suitability for the programme, motivation and team work. There are some prerequisites for licences and endorsements that will be discussed at interview.

Applicants MUST hold a full Class 4 Licence for a minimum of 3 months (if over 25), or 6 months (if under 25).

Recognition of prior learning:

Prior learning may be able to be credited to your current programme.