Light Rigid vehicles are typically small school buses, minibuses or light courier vehicles. Many professional drivers start with these vehicles as a courier or delivery driver, driving for themselves or as part of another business.
Medium Rigid vehicles are trucks that have two axles and a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) over 8 tonnes, this class of licence is popular with delivery vehicles, small tip trucks or other medium sized commercial vehicles.
Heavy Rigid vehicles are trucks that has three or more axles and a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) over 8 tonnes. These vehicles, can be buses, heavy rigid tray trucks, heavy tip trucks and semi-trailer or prime-movers (when without a trailer).
Heavy Combination vehicles are prime-movers with three or more axles and towing a two-axle trailer with a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) over 9 tonnes, or any three axle rigid vehicle towing a two axle trailer with GVM of more than 9 tonnes.
This training program is designed for people who wish to attain a “Multi Combination” Drivers Licence. People seek this licence to upgrade their skills from a Multi-combination* (HC) or a Heavy Rigid (HR) Licence.
Please note that the NSW Transport Roads and Maritime Services require you to have held your HR or HC licence for over 12 months.
*Multi Combination vehicles are also known as B Doubles, B Triples or Road Trains.
This list shows the classes of heavy vehicle licences issued by Roads and Maritime. You can drive any class of vehicle appearing below your licence class in the list, except motorcycles.
At the highest level is an MC licence, which allows you to drive all types of vehicles except motorcycles.
Click on the link for more detailed information about each licence class:
LR vehicles include:
To apply for an LR licence, you must:
MR vehicles include:
To apply for an MR licence, you must:
HR vehicles include:
To apply for an HR licence, you must:
HC vehicles include:
To apply for an HC licence, you must:
MC vehicles include:
To apply for an MC licence, you must:
The primary method to get a heavy vehicle licence is to complete a Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) with an accredited Registered Training Organisation (RTO).
HVCBA provides the flexibility for your to choose your own trainer. You can also learn, and be assessed, in a vehicle of your choice, and arrange your own appointment times with your trainer. See Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) for more information.
HVCBA may not be available in all areas of NSW. In these areas, you can take a heavy vehicle driving test with a Roads and Maritime testing officer.
In areas where HVCBA is not available, you can take a heavy vehicle driving test with a Roads and Maritime testing officer. Please note, not all locations offer heavy vehicle testing.
Applicants for licence class MC are not eligible to complete a heavy vehicle driving test. Applicants for a class MC licence must complete HVCBA.
Important: Before you can take the driving test, you must have passed the knowledge test for the class of licence you’re applying for.
See Heavy vehicle driving tests for more information.
Since 1 December 2014, in-cabin video camera and GPS technology have been rolled out to improve the integrity of the HVCBA Scheme by mitigating fraud and corruption risks. RTOs monitor HVCBA Final Competency Assessments (FCA) completed by assessors for the issue of heavy vehicle driver licences.
The industry must be fully compliant with change by 1 September 2015.
You can learn and be assessed or tested in your own vehicle, as long as it is registered and roadworthy, and the right type of vehicle for the licence class you’re applying for.
The vehicle you use for the test must also have a lap-sash retractable seat belt fitted to the front passenger seat for the assessor or testing officer, except for MR and HR buses.
Vehicles for HR, HC and MC licence tests must meet additional minimum standards:
Test vehicles must also be loaded to at least 75% of the maximum mass allowable for the vehicle, except for buses. This means at least 75% of the:
whichever is the lowest.
The following vehicles must not be used for a driving test or HVCBA:
If you’re assessed for your heavy vehicle licence (whether through HVCBA or a driving test) in a vehicle with an automatic or synchromesh gearbox, a condition will be added to your licence. This means you’ll only be permitted to drive vehicles with a similar transmission.
To have the automatic/synchromesh condition removed from your licence, you need to be assessed driving a vehicle fitted with a constant mesh gearbox. This assessment can be either through a Competency Test with an accredited HVCBA provider, or in a shortened version of a Roads and Maritime driving test.
The Above information has been extracted from the RMS NSW Website and is subject to change at any time. Please revisit for the most up to date information.
You can also Click Here and download any of the Heavy Brochures above.
Our Course information sheets and Student Handbook are available for download below. Our Student Handbook outlines such topics as our policies and procedures, your rights as a student, assessment methods and other items important for you the student. We would recommend that all students, thoroughly read and ask any question should there be any, to your Assessor or Administration. Please feel free to download a copy of each as required.