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You can complete an approved course to reduce the time you have to wait between a learner and a full heavy vehicle class.

Two options to get a full licence

To progress to a full licence, you've got two options:

  1. Practice driving under supervision for at least six months before applying for a full licence and sitting a practical test, or
  2. Complete an approved course for that class.

You can take the course any time after you get your learner licence.

When you've completed the course, take your course certificate to a driver licensing agent and apply for a full licence. You won't need to sit a practical test.

Find out how to apply for a full licence

Heavy vehicle courses (classes 2–5)

The approved courses for heavy vehicle classes are aligned with unit standards on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) framework. If you successfully complete a course, you have the opportunity to have the unit standard you've achieved count towards a national certificate as well as a driver licence.

The relevant course unit standards are:

CourseUnit standards
Class 2 17574 (class 2) and 24089* (fatigue management, work time and logbooks)
Class 3 17575 (class 3) and 24089*
Class 4 17576 (class 4) and 24089*
Class 5 17577 (class 5) and 24089*

* Required, unless you have successfully completed it with an approved driver licensing course provider either:

  • within the previous 12 months, or
  • more than 12 months ago, and the course provider is able to confirm that you have retained the necessary knowledge and skills.

More information about unit standards on the NZQA website (external link)

Find out more about becoming an approved course provider

Download Factsheet 66: Driver licensing courses for licence classes and endorsements [PDF, 68 KB]

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