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

30 weeks

Programme hours

8:30 am to 3:00 pm or 3:45 pm, with a 12:30 finish on a Friday. This may vary for field work and work experience.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of self paced learning modules and includes a combination of classroom theory, simulated practical, on site practical, and actual work experience.

Programme costs

ZERO FEES - Avoid student loans — Study at NTI. ZERO FEES for 2017.

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 (Class 4 OR 5 & 3 Learners Medical and Licence, other licence/endorsement 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.

Qualifications/Outcomes

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

  • New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator)
  • Class 4 OR Class 5 & 3 Heavy Truck Licence
  • Forklift  (F) Licence Endorsement & OSH Certificate
  • Dangerous Goods (D)

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
  • Loading and unloading
  • Class 4 OR 5 & 3 Licence
  • Dangerous Goods Endorsement
  • Forklift Endorsement & OSH Forklift Certificate
  • Forklift attachments/Safety Platform
  • 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 2 (Truck) Licence, if applying for Class 4 Licence

Applicants MUST hold a full Class 4 (Truck) Licence, if applying for Class 5 + 3 Licence

Recognition of prior learning:

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