People are required to hold certain Driver Licences and Endorsements to legally drive vehicles in New Zealand. VHNZ offers the classes of licence for driving heavy vehicles (Classes 2, 3, 4 and 5) as well as the Logbook component, for drivers who are legally required to manage driving hours.
You must have the right class of driver licence for the type and weight of vehicle you want to drive.
Some specialised vehicles require the driver to also hold an appropriate endorsement. Contact the VHNZ office on the details below for more information on endorsements offered.
If you are over 25 years of age and wish to progress from Class 1 (car) to Class 5 in a reduced timeframe, you may be eligible to complete an accelerated course. Contact the VHNZ office on the details below for more information.
Course Objectives People credited with Logbook unit standard are able to:
Identify causes and symptoms of fatigue, and effects of fatigue on driving performance.
Describe life management skills and work related measures that can be implemented to prevent fatigue.
Identify the work time requirements and penalties prescribed by legislation.
Identify driver logbook requirements and associated penalties prescribed by legislation.
Describe the management of work time records contained in driver logbooks, and identify associated penalties prescribed by legislation.
Complete driver logbook entries.
People credited with the relevant Class licence unit standard are able to:
Identify driving hazards associated with a rigid vehicle and describe measures to reduce the risks associated with the identified hazards.
Describe requirements relating to safe loading of a rigid vehicle and driving techniques that minimise the adverse effects of a high centre of gravity.
Carry out a pre-use walk-around inspection of a rigid vehicle.
Drive a rigid vehicle efficiently in different traffic and road conditions.
Manoeuvre a rigid vehicle in reverse; park, shut down, and secure a rigid vehicle.
Complete driver logbook entries.
NZQA Unit Standards *24089 Demonstrate knowledge of fatigue management, work time, and driver logbook requirements
Plus relevant Class of licence:
17574 Operate a rigid vehicle to meet the requirements for a full Class 2 driver licence
17575 Operate a combination vehicle to meet the requirements for a full Class 3 driver licence
17576 Operate a rigid vehicle to meet the requirements for a full Class 4 driver licence
17577 Operate a combination vehicle to meet the requirements for a full Class 5 driver licence.
*Unit standard 24089 must be included for all heavy vehicle licences unless you have either: Qualified on this unit standard within 12 months of the current course, or, qualified on this unit standard more than 12 months prior to the current course and can prove you have retained the knowledge and skills to be competent in this unit. Please note that a trainee's NZQA record of learning/record of achievement is not acceptable evidence, as this does not verify that the unit was completed as part of a Transport Agency approved driver licensing course. See 'NZTA Statement of Approval Conditions' section 3.2 for full exemption conditions.
Classes 2, 3, 4 and 5: Learner's licence must be held (obtained for a fee from an AA licensing agent).
Class 4 courses – as the class 2 and 4 study guide and trainer guide are the same, where a trainee provides evidence of having completed the approved driver licensing course for class 2, they will not be required to undergo the theory training component of the class 4 course. They must however still satisfy the practical training and full assessment requirements (i.e. theory and practical).
Class 5 courses – as above for Class 4, but relating to class 3 and 5 study guide and trainer guide.
Attendance NumbersMinimum of 3, maximum of 5 per trainer Course Duration2 days – one class of licence (one day) and Logbook (one day)
Duration may differ depending on the number of trainees on the course.
Entry Criteria The course requires a level of fitness to demonstrate competency for the skill being trained.
More information regarding the legal licensing requirements is available from the NZ Transport Agency at www.nzta.govt.nz