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Heavy Rigid – 2 Day Course – Licence Plus

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Course Overview

The Licence Plus course provides you with comprehensive training which covers a wide set of circumstances and conditions on the road and in the truck.  

All courses are 1 on 1 with our Truck trainer who is specialised in Heavy Rigid Licensing.

Course Structure

  • The Licence Plus course contains all the learning material in the Licence Me course.
  • The course runs over 2 days and for a total duration of 14 hours. The course can be spread over a longer timeframe to suit when you are free.
  • You’ll achieve a higher skill set of truck driving above your peers.
  • You will have the opportunity to manage a heavy vehicle up and down long hills
  • Your training will involve self regulated tasks in order to help you complete a confident solo truck driver.
  • The learning environment will be progressive meaning you will tackle and perfect each task individually.

Why Trent Education?

Our Guarantee

“If your employer feels that you are not able to safely and competently drive a heavy rigid vehicle we will train you for free until you are”

Trent Education is a Registered Training Organisation registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Trent Education is part of the Trent Driving School group. Trent has helped over 300,000 drivers of all ages become safe competent drivers. We are an Australian owned company that has been at the forefront of driver training since 1969.

With Trent Education, you will learn above the RMS requirements. Remember we want you to be employed. Throughout the course you will be able to apply the Trent method of safety driving.

You will get the very best trainers and assessors. We want you to make a difference in the transport industry. Safe competent truck drivers can make a massive impact in the community. We bring this belief to the way we teach.

Getting Your HR Licence

To enrol in a heavy rigid licence course through the Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) Scheme, you will need to complete the following steps.

You’ll need to go to a registry or service centre in person and:

  1. Have held a class C licence (except learner licence) for 2 or more years and are now on your P2 licence or full class C
  2. Provide a completed Licence Application form
  3. Pass an eyesight test
  4. Provide a medical assessment report (if applicable)
  5. Pass the knowledge test for a heavy rigid vehicle (Take The Practice Test)
  6. Pay the RMS fee

You’ll then be issued with a Heavy Vehicle HVCBA Learner’s Log Book, and the Guide to Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment publication. The Guide outlines the tasks you need to perform to complete the training course and the assessment. Your progress is recorded in your log book

You need this logbook before starting your training.

You’ll also need to provide your USI number to us. (Sign up for a Free USI number)

If you have any troubles, we can help you get your USI number. Call us on 02 8748 4500.

Final Competency Assessment (FCA)

As part of the HVCBA scheme all students must pass and FCA in order to obtain a heavy rigid licence. As mandated by the RMS, all training and assessment is recorded on video to ensure the validity of the assessment.

Only students that demonstrate competency at the FCA will be passed.

 

HR Training

You will be undertaking a NSW RMS approved licence course. Drivers will be trained and assessed against the RMS competency standards by the very best trainers and assessors. Only when the required standard of competency has been achieved will a heavy rigid licence be issued.

After completing your training with Trent you will be competent in:

  • Road laws
  • Pre-drive checks
  • Starting/Stopping sequence
  • City & Highway driving
  • Load security
  • Vehicle classifications
  • Cabin check
  • Defensive driving
  • Turning & handling
  • Vehicle positioning
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Applying the Trent Safety Wheel

Investment

The investment for this course will be $1950.

Chat with our truck specialist on 02 8748 4500 for more info.

Our Truck

With Trent Education you will experience the most modern truck in the industry, but the advantages don’t stop there. The truck will be loaded to RMS specifications.

 

Our Truck is a 2017 Hino 500.

Length: 9.6m

Wheel base: 5.25m

What does this mean for you?

Unlike other heavy vehicle driving schools you will gain vital experience in a truck that has a realistic length and wheel base. The truck you will be driving is similar to the truck you will drive in the workforce. You will learn how to corner and maneuver a realistic sized vehicle.

Why automatic?

84% of all new trucks sold are Auto

90% of new heavy rigid trucks are automatic

This is the future of trucking. Big transport companies are in favour of automatic for a number of reasons. Driving an automatic over a crash box reduces fatigue on the driver and in turn saves lives. Statistics show that manual trucks have a higher rate of repair claims than automatic trucks.

You will have a condition B on your licence, you can still drive any automatic or syncromesh manual rigid vehicle.

Why become a truck driver?

  • The world moves when you move. Truck drivers are always relied upon in any economy – no matter how good or bad it is performing.
  • The Open Road. Truck Drivers have the luxury of enjoying the scenery while they are on the drive to their next destination.  
  • Get paid well. For the work, you are paid quite well. Salaries can range from $50,000 to $100,000 depending on your level experience and the company you work for.

Frequently Asked Questions
Can I upgrade to a LR, MR, or HR Licence from a P2 Licence?

Yes, you can as long as you have held a class C licence for a minimum of 2 years and passed a Driver Qualification Test.

Is this course RMS approved?

Yes, we have been accredited by the RMS to conduct HVCBA courses

What will I learn in the HR course?
  • Road laws
  • Pre-drive checks
  • Starting/Stopping sequence
  • City & Highway driving
  • Load security
  • Vehicle classifications
  • Cabin check
  • Defensive driving
  • Turning & handling
  • Vehicle positioning
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Applying the Trent Safety Wheel
What type of truck do we have?

Our Truck is a 2017 Hino 500.

Length: 9.6m

Wheel base: 5.25m

Transmission: auto

 

The truck you will be driving is similar to the truck you will drive in the workforce. You will learn how to corner and maneuver a realistic sized vehicle.

84% of all new trucks sold are Auto

90% of new heavy rigid trucks are automatic

This is the future of trucking. Big transport companies are in favour of automatic for a number of reasons. Driving an automatic over a crash box reduces fatigue on the driver and in turn saves lives. Statistics show that manual trucks have a higher rate of repair claims than automatic trucks.

You will have a condition B on your licence, you can still drive any automatic or syncromesh manual rigid vehicle.

What is a Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA)?

The primary method to get a Heavy Rigid Licence is to complete a Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment with an Accredited Training Provider. You will have specific criteria to pass in relation to the safe operation of a heavy vehicle.

If you pass, you can go to a registry or service centre to receive your upgraded licence.

How do I apply for the HVCBA?

You’ll need to go to a registry or service centre in person and:

  1. Have held a class C licence (except learner licence) for 2 or more years and are now on your P2 licence or full class C
  2. Provide a completed Licence Application form
  3. Pass an eyesight test
  4. Provide a medical assessment report (if applicable)
  5. Pass the knowledge test for a heavy rigid vehicle
  6. Pay the RMS fee
Will I be recorded in the truck during the HVCBA?

Yes, in order for the RMS to ensure the integrity of the HVCBA Scheme, they have implemented the rule that a video camera must be in operation inside the cabin of the heavy vehicle during the Final Competency Assessment (FCA)/Competency Test (CT). This has been rolled out since 1 December 2014.

Will I use the same vehicle for the HVCBA?

Yes, you will use the same vehicle that you have practiced in so that you feel more familiar with the controls and vehicle.

Can I use my own vehicle/company vehicle for training and the HVCBA?

Yes, as long as your own vehicle is registered and roadworthy. For the HR licence, it must be at least 3-axle rigid vehicle with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) of more than 15 tonnes, excluding bobtail prime mover.

The test vehicles must also be loaded to at least 75% of the maximum mass allowable for the vehicle, besides buses.

Can I do extra lessons in my own vehicle/my company vehicle?

Yes, if you would feel more comfortable with an experienced trainer beside you to guide you in your own vehicle, that is completely fine. Contact us on 02 8748 4500 to discuss this option.

Will my instructor be my assessor as well?

No, it is a requirement under the HVCBA to have the assessment completed by a different assessor. We will organise the assessor for you.

What happens after I have passed the HVCBA?

Your assessor will submit the results to the RMS electronically and they will keep your logbook.

You can go to a registry or service centre in person and apply for a upgraded licence.

You will need to provide

  • Completed Licence Application Form
  • Provide acceptable proof of identity
  • Pay the licence fee

Any other questions?

For any assistance, or to have a chat about enrolment, please feel free to drop us a line.