National Certificate in Goods Service (Heavy Vehicle Driver).xml National Certificate in Goods Service (Heavy Vehicle Driver)

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CertificateFull time - 17 weeks, Part time - 28 Weeks

Annual Fees(indicative 2016)

Programme code



$3030 - $3500




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Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

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Timaru (full time), 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 programme covers:

  • Prepares you to drive a heavy vehicle legally and drive confidently on New Zealand roads such as those found in rural and state highway settings
  • You will also demonstrate skills in managing personal risk, safety and vehicles in a road transport situation for heavy haulage driving through work experience opportunities
  • Be prepared to take Class 4 licence.

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
  • A current Class 2 Driver Licence.

English requirements
  • IELTS 5.0 Academic (no lower than 5.0 in speaking, 5.0
  • 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.