Careers in Trucking
The road freight sector is an essential cog in a sophisticated logistics industry which uses specialised equipment to handle all types of goods, store them if required and deliver them when the customer wants them in perfect condition.
So, it’s about more than simply loading and driving a truck. There’s a whole host of opportunities including storage, dispatch, vehicle maintenance, accounts, HR and sales and marketing depending on the size of the company.
For more information on how to get started and a career in road transport click here. You can also talk to a local trucking company about how you can get involved.
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How to become a driver
Truck driving today is a highly skilled occupation which requires knowledge of the rules and regulations which govern use of a heavy vehicle on the road, how loads are safely transported and, of course, the ability to drive a heavy vehicle which can weigh more than 60 tonnes or be up to 25 metres long safely and competently.
That means working for and passing driving tests which qualify a driver for the type of vehicle they will be in charge of and other qualifications called endorsements for using other equipment such as forklifts.
The road freight industry training organisation, MITO, has detailed information on the training needed to become a driver. For more information, click here.
This training can be done on the job, but typically learner drivers use professional trainers.
As well as commercial driver training companies, a number of polytechnics provide training in a range of relevant qualifications. Some include practical as well as classroom instruction.
For information about road freight industry training please visit MITO’s website by clicking here.
Bay of Plenty Polytechnic (Tauranga)
The Polytechnic has a 3,000m2 road transport and distribution warehouse located in the middle of the distribution sector in Tauranga. It provides a hands-on learning environment, where road transport students pick up and deliver loads to the warehouse, our warehousing and distribution students unload and store goods, and consignments are released from the warehouse and delivered back to the clients.
Certificate in Commercial Road Transport Level 3
A full-time truck driving course providing the skills and knowledge needed to safely drive and operate trucks up to 18 tonnes. It includes two days a week work experience
National Certificate in Distribution Level 2
Includes forklift driving and loading and unloading trucks. The learning is hands-on and includes computer skills. During the course trainees visit a range of local companies and practice their skills in the workplace
National Certificate in Road Transport Management (Operations) Level 4
An online study course covering business management, costing, compliance, personnel development and leadership which can lead to a career as an operations manager, fleet manager or supply chain manager
To go directly to Bay of Plenty Polytech courses click here.
Canterbury Polytechnic (Timaru)
National Certificate in Goods Service (Heavy Vehicle Driver) Level 3
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 17 week 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.
National Certificate in Goods Service (Core Skills) Level 2
In a region where businesses have indicated that there is a huge skill shortage of qualified drivers, now is your chance to become the next generation of driver.
This 17 week programme covers:
- Personal presentation and positive attitude
- Customer service skills
- Stress, health, fatigue, work time and driver logbook
- Pre-drive vehicle checks
- Incident reporting and hazard identification
- Safe manual handling practices in the workplace
- Heavy motor vehicle systems and components
- Rigid vehicle operations and dynamics
- Be prepared to Class 2 licence
Eastern Institute of Technology (Gisborne Campus)
Certificate in Forestry Driving Level 3
A full-time 34 week course providing the skills and knowledge to work in the forestry driving industry including licences to drive forklifts, big wheels, tracks, rollers, carry dangerous goods, along with defensive and practical driving, first aid and safe loading practices. Includes Class 2 to 5 heavy traffic licenses
To go directly to the forestry driving course click here.
Manukau Institute of Technology (Auckland)
Certificate in Distribution Level 3
An online part-time course designed to provide knowledge and skills of distribution. Courses cover such subjects as inward goods, stock control, dispatch, customer legislation, customer service and interviewing for people already employed in the industry or wishing to enter it.
Certificate in Logistics Level 4
A full-time or part-time course for school leavers or those already working. It includes regular field trips and site visits, case studies and tests. Topics covered include organisational principles, team building, logistics and purchasing principles, warehouse and inventory operations, transport operations, product care and handling records and documentation
Certificate in Commercial Logistics Level 5
A distance learning course for people already employed in the industry. The freight forwarding option has been specifically designed for those wanting to obtain the international FIATA Diploma in Freight Forwarding.
To go directly to Manukau Institute of Technology courses click here.
North Tec (Whangarei)
Training includes safe driving, health and safety relating to heavy vehicles, heavy vehicle driving skills, heavy vehicle dynamics, risk reduction, safe driving strategies, vehicle systems and components, loading procedures and restraint systems, log book and fatigue management, and fuel efficient driving.
Class 2 driver licence – medium heavy rigid motor vehicle
Involves in-class training to gain the required theoretical knowledge in road user law for a Class 2 heavy vehicle, driver fatigue management, and the legal requirements for log book recording of work time.
Class 4 driver licence – heavy rigid motor vehicle
Involves in-class training to gain the required theoretical knowledge in road user law for a Class 4 heavy vehicle, driver fatigue management, and the legal requirements for log book recording of work time.
Class 5 driver licence – heavy combination vehicle
Involves in-class training to gain the required theoretical knowledge in road user law for a Class 5 heavy combination vehicle, driver fatigue management, and the legal requirements for log book recording of work time
National Certificate in Goods Service (Heavy Vehicle Driver)
Fulltime or part-time training which covers safe driving requirements and knowledge of traffic law, health and safety relating to operating heavy vehicles, heavy vehicle driving skills and the transport of goods by road including those identified as dangerous goods, heavy vehicle dynamics, risk reduction techniques and safe driving strategies, vehicle systems and components, loading procedures, restraint systems and forklift operations, log book and fatigue management, fuel efficient driving
National Certificate in Transportation of Logs by Road
Graduates of this programme will demonstrate the skills for the transportation of logs by road including the log loading process, load security, driving on both sealed and unsealed surfaces, risk reduction strategies and techniques while driving, pre-drive and on-road vehicle checks, transportation of logs and driving in a safe, lawful and fuel efficient manner. They will also have an understanding of health and safety in the forest, documentation required for the transportation of logs, selection and recording of routes, vehicle dynamics, fatigue management, work time and driving hours logbook rules.
Training and assessment is undertaken in both theoretical and practical environments with as much of the activities as possible undertaken in-cab in real time situations
North Tec also offers training for a dangerous goods endorsement, a Forklift Endorsement and OSH Certificate and Wheels, Tracks and Rollers Endorsements
To go directly to North Tec courses click here.
Tai Poutini Polytechnic (Greymouth)
Tai Poutini offers two-day largely classroom based courses with pre-assessment and assessment drives. In certain circumstances the theoretical training can be reduced by a day if the student has an existing qualification
Class 2 (Medium rigid vehicle)
This course is for drivers who wish to obtain their full class 2 licence (Medium rigid vehicle) or for people who already hold their full Class 2 licence and wish to obtain the unit standards or confirm their existing knowledge and skills.
Class 4 (heavy rigid vehicle)
The course is for drivers who wish to obtain their full class 4 licence (heavy rigid vehicle) or for people who already hold their full Class 4 licence and wish to obtain the unit standards or confirm their existing knowledge and skills.
Class 5 (Heavy combination vehicle)
The course is for drivers who wish to obtain their full class 5 licence (heavy rigid vehicle) or for people who already hold their full Class 5 licence and wish to obtain the unit standards or confirm their existing knowledge and skills
Tai Poutini also offers training for a dangerous goods endorsement, a Forklift Endorsement and OSH Certificate and Wheels, Tracks and Rollers Endorsements
To go directly to the Tai Poutini courses click here.
Whitireia Polytechnic (Porirua)
Certificate in Commercial Road Transport
A 12-week full-time course including theory and practical tuition run three times a year (February, May, September) covering driving class 2 trucks and forklift and dangerous goods endorsements.
Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Rigid)
A 12-week full-time course including theory and practical tuition run three times a year (February, May, September) which comprises of a wide range of skills and qualifications related to the road transport industry including modules in driver licence class 4 and theory and practical driving tests
To go directly to the Whitireia courses click here.