This qualification is for people who work, or intend to work, in the commercial road freight industry driving goods service vehicles. It builds on the National Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Introductory Skills) [Ref: 0189] and introduces the learner to the knowledge and skills required for a Class 2 licence to drive a heavy goods service vehicle.
The qualification recognises that the holder has the generic skills necessary to be able to load, unload, and drive a rigid goods service vehicle safely, efficiently, and lawfully, with regard for the rights of other road users, the general safety of the holder, and the secure conveyance of goods to meet the terms of contracts of cartage. In addition, the holder will have demonstrated customer service techniques required to work in the commercial road transport industry in various situations. The optional strands allow candidates to extend their skills into specialist areas of transporting dangerous goods and/or operating a forklift.
This qualification provides the pathway to higher level national certificates, starting with the National Certificate in Goods Service (Heavy Vehicle Driver) [Ref: 1228] at level 3. Other possible career paths include qualifications in the transportation of specialist goods such as waste and recoverable resources (either solid or liquid and hazardous waste), bulk dangerous goods, livestock, logs, dairy, and perishable products.
This qualification does not permit the holder to drive a vehicle on New Zealand roads. To legally drive a heavy motor vehicle the driver must be the holder of a current full driver licence applicable to the class of vehicle being used, issued by Land Transport New Zealand.