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 EIT Commercial Road Transport programme is designed to take you through the licenses you need to get a job in the heavy road transport industry. You can get your class 2, 4 and even 5 (if you meet requirements) and you get a New Zealand Certificate as well.

The road transport industry is short of qualified drivers, especially Class 5 drivers who can operate truck and trailer units. This programme is well supported by industry and students arrange work experience with local transport operators who are willing to help train the next generation of drivers. In the work experience part of the programme you travel alongside experienced drivers and help them out on the job.

The classroom sessions run by our experienced tutors give you the background knowledge you need to operate trucks safely in the modern environment.

EIT owns its own logging truck and trailer in which you can gain experience in driving a big rig and in which you can sit your license.

The success rate for men and women in getting employment at the end of the programme is very high.

If you are looking to get into the transport industry then this is the place to start as our programme is well regarded in industry and employers seek out our graduates.

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:

  • June (Tairāwhiti)
  • October (Hawke’s Bay)

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

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