Course Overview

Want to be a qualified truck operator? Get your training right here at Toi Ohomai. This course will give you the skills you need to safely operate trucks up to 44 tonnes.

While learning to drive the big rigs, you’ll gain the skills to drive forklifts, handle dangerous goods, do daily truck pre-checks and much more. Toi Ohomai provides full-size training yards plus a range of multi-tonne equipment for you to practice on.

You can also choose to study through our cadetship programme. This will be perfect for anyone under the age of 25 who is already working in the industry. The course is run full-time over a 12-month period. It is designed for flexibility, allowing both student and employer to easily fit into work schedules.

As a requirement, you'll need to have held a full car licence (Class 1) for more than six months. If so, you can choose from two different strands depending on your current licence class:

  • start with Class 2 L and graduate with your Class 4 F licence, or
  • if you already hold Class 2 (full, for more than three or six months*), start with Class 4 L and graduate with your Class 5 F licence.

On-the-job work experience is a key feature so by the time you graduate, you'll have a good understanding of how the industry works and be ready to meet the massive shortfall in qualified heavy transport drivers.

* length of time required to have your full Class 2 licence is dependent on whether you are over or under 25 years of age.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) (Level 3)
Locations Tauranga
Next intake Aug 2024 View more details
Study options

1 semester full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Part-time study available for those already working in the industry.

Part-time study available

Total credits 90
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $5,454 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • fuel driver
  • log driver
  • logging truck driver
  • truck and trailer driver
  • ground spreading
  • contracting
  • civil works
  • transport management
  • transport operations
  • bulk fuel or liquids
  • employment in the dairy industry or primary industry

Topics you'll cover

  • Introductory Skills (4 week block on-campus and 16 weeks workplace training)
    • Class 2 theory and practical (must have Class 2 learners prior to this course)
  • Industry Skills (2 week block on-campus and 14 weeks workplace training)
    • Forklift licencing 
  • Vehicle Technology (2 week block on-campus, 14 weeks workplace training)
    • Class 4 (must have Class 4 learners prior to this course)
  • Professional Operator Skills (2 week block on-campus and 16 weeks workplace training)
  • Specialist Driving Skills (2 week block on-campus and 6 weeks workplace training)
    • Class 5 Class 4 (must have Class 5 learners prior to this course)

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $5,454 for domestic students

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

  • Must hold the appropriate Full New Zealand Drivers Licence for the mandatory NZTA period (3 or 6 months).
  • NCEA Level 1 in English and Maths, or equivalent skill.

NOTE: Due to class 2, 4, or 5 licencing rules there is a mandatory stand down period.  Six (6) months for those under 25 years and three (3) months for those 25 years and older. Once this period ends, they may return and complete the necessary licencing requirements.

Due to NZTA licencing requirements this course is not open to international students.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

Other Considerations

In addition to the course requirements, you will  be required to undergo and pass a pre drive drug test, as part of Health and Safety and Industry requirement, and any further subsequent testing as deemed necessary to complete and successfully graduate from the course.  

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

Location Campus Start Date
Tauranga Windermere Campus 5 Aug 2024 Apply now

Study options

  • 1 semester full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
  • Part-time study available for those already working in the industry.
  • Part-time study available

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Further Study Options

Courses Offered at Toi Ohomai

Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Specialist Driver) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Senior Driver) (Level 5)