Heavy Vehicle Licensing

RAISE Training works collaboratively with driving schools and independent driving instructors throughout NSW. We hold an accreditation agreement with the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for the delivery of Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA).

The HVCBA system applies to all heavy vehicle licence classes from Light Rigid (LR) to Multi-Combination (MC).

HVCBA Process

The HVCBA process may be confusing to some. We recommend that you discuss your licensing requirements with your nominated Driving Instructor.

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Download a flowchart of how to upgrade a heavy vehicle licence with RAISE Training.

HVCBA Process

Further information

   
Course Enrolment Process
   
Training Course and Assessment
   
Assessment Vehicles
   
Post Assessment

 

Course Enrolment Process

RAISE Training works collaboratively with driving schools and independent driving instructors throughout NSW. We hold an accreditation agreement with the NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for the delivery of Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA).

It is best for clients to make their initial enquiries with their nominated driving instructor.

Find a driving instructor in your area. Your driving Instructor can assist you in determining your licence needs.

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Training Course and Assessment

Your assessment will be carried out against the criteria prescibed by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS). Details of which can be found within the Guide to HVCBA, which would have been provided to you when you obtained your Learner's Logbook.

Your completed assessment criteria will be recorded in your Learner's Logbook. Once you have completed all of the required assessment criteria, a Final Competency Assessment (FCA) is conducted.

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Post Assessment

Once you've successfully completed all the required criteria, and passed your Final Competency Assessment (FCA) or Competency Test (CT), your assessor will submit your results to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) electronically. Note that your assessor will keep your Log Book.

You can then attend a registry or service centre in person and apply for your upgraded licence.

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RMS Information:

 

Once you’ve studied for the test, you can take the free online practice DKT. It is designed to help you become familiar with the test, and decide if you’re ready to attempt the test for real.

Driving Instructor Information:

 

Find a driving instructor in your area. Your driving Instructor can assist you in determining your licence needs.

Additional Information:

 

This flowchart can be used as a guide for determining the process to upgrade a heavy vehicle licence.

 

Assessment Vehicles

You can learn and be assessed in your own vehicle, as long as it is registered and roadworthy, and the right type of vehicle for the licence class you're applying for.

Vehicles must also be loaded to at least 75% of the maximum mass allowable for the vehicle, except for buses. This means at least 75% of the:

  • Legal mass limit
  • The Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) for rigid vehicles, or
  • The Gross Combination Mass (GCM) for articulated or heavy trailer combinations

Whichever is the lowest.

Vehicle Classes

Vehicles which cannot be used for testing

The following vehicles must not be used for a driving test:

  • Armoured security vehicles
  • Vehicles carrying dangerous goods
  • Federal Interstate registered vehicles
  • Vehicles carrying livestock
  • Vehicles carrying traders' plates
  • Vehicles that are not mechanically roadworthy
  • Any heavy vehicle fitted with a dual accelerator or a dual steering wheel
  • Buses carrying passengers

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Heavy Vehicle Licensing

This course leads to a Light Rigid licence which allows drivers to drive any truck or a bus, greater than 4.5 tonnes GVM, but not more than 8 tonnes GVM, plus a trailer of no more than 9 tonnes GVM; or a bus seating more than 12 adults.

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This course leads to a Medium Rigid licence which allows drivers to drive any 2 axle rigid vehicle, including a truck or bus and may tow a trailer of no more than 9 tonnes GVM (and within GCM limits). You can also drive a special purpose vehicle with a GVM of less than 15 tonnes.

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This course leads to a Heavy Rigid licence which allows drivers to drive any rigid vehicle with three or more axles, including a truck or a bus, greater than 8 tonnes GVM, plus a trailer of no more than 9 tonnes GVM. This licence class is also applicable to an articulated bus.

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Heavy Vehicle Licensing

This course is necessary to obtain a Heavy Combination Driver Licence. It includes systematically and efficiently controlling all vehicle functions, monitoring traffic and road conditions, managing vehicle condition and performance, and effectively managing hazardous situations.

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This course involves the skills and knowledge required to obtain a licence to drive a Multi-Combination vehicle. A multi-combination (MC) licence is required to drive any B-double or road train.

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Meet your Fatigue Management training requirements with our Fatigue management courses for drivers and managers. Our courses are carried out quickly and simply, making it easy to meet your responsibilities while keeping your business moving.

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