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National Certificate in Goods Service (Heavy Vehicle Driver)

CertificatePart time - 28 Weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$3,000 - $3,600




Please enquire



Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch (part time)


This programme provides you the skills you need in this fast-paced industry and also offers real-world experience in the workplace while you study.

This six-month course is delivered in partnership with Mainland Driving School. It includes all the theory and practical training required to safely, efficiently and lawfully operate and drive heavy vehicles on New Zealand roads including state highways and rural roads.

As well as obtaining licences for driving class 2 (up to 18 tonnes) and class 4 (over 18 tonnes) rigid goods service vehicles, you'll also gain dangerous goods, 'wheels, tracks and rollers', forklift endorsement and OSH certification.

You'll obtain your class 2 licence in the first two weeks, then attend one evening class a fortnight during the following six months.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 56 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 10 NCEA Level 1 literacy credits and 10 NCEA Level 1 numeracy credits

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
  • You must:

    • Hold a class 1 driver licence for more than six months prior to the programme start, and be able to drive a manual gearbox
    • Obtain your class 2 learners from the AA or VTNZ
    • Be employed in a role that allows you to apply the skills and knowledge taught on the course, or be willing to change career (help is available to find a suitable role)
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Please note: Programme delivery is conditional on enrolments reaching a minimum requirement.

Application documents

Career opportunities

On completion of this programme you can work as a commercial driver - Class 4 or 5 licence.

Study pathways

This qualification provides a pathway to higher level national certificates including the National Certificate in Road Transport Management (Operations) (Level 4) and the National Diploma in Road Transport Management.