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Fee-FREE | NZ Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) [Level 3]

Study Options



20 Weeks


Level 3

Are You Driven to Succeed?

This qualification targets new or existing heavy vehicle drivers who wish to gain skills and knowledge beyond those required to be a licence holder. You will benefit by having a qualification that enables improved job performance and enhanced employment opportunities in the field of commercial road transport.


The purpose of this qualification is to provide the commercial road transport industry with people who have the skills and knowledge to safely and competently operate heavy rigid vehicles or heavy vehicle combinations.

This qualification also enables local economic and community development. By being delivered in local communities this qualification helps to advance the opportunities of Māori students, in line with EIT’s Māori Student Success Framework strategy to lift Māori achievement. Māori principles and values sit within the content of the programme, which in turn fosters Māori student engagement.

You will learn about:

  • Commercial road transport legislation
  • Regulation and standards
  • Health and safety in the workplace
  • Hazard identification and risk management
  • Driver health and fatigue management
  • Safe driving skills, navigation and communication
  • Vehicle technology
  • Loading and unloading
  • Specialized vehicle operation


There are two entry dates per year:

  • May/June, and October – Hawke’s Bay
  • June – Tairāwhiti

(These start dates may change depending on COVID-19 lockdown levels)

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

  1. Have held a New Zealand Class 1 Full licence for a minimum of six months
  2. Demonstrate the ability to drive a manual gearbox vehicle
  3. Obtain a NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) DL9 medical certificate in no more than 60 days
  4. Due to NZTA licencing requirements, no international students will be enrolled

All applicants are required to attend an interview with the programme tutor, you may bring whānau support if you want. You must bring your current licence with you when attending the interview.


Academic Learning Services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus
Tairawhiti Campus


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact scholarships@eit.ac.nz or call in for a chat.