Heavy Combination (HC) Automatic Course Summary
This course is for those participants who want to get their Heavy Combination Licence in an automatic vehicle, and is conducted as a one (1) day course.
Upon successful completion the student will be able to obtain their Heavy Combination (HC) licence and be able to drive HC trucks with a transmission type of automatic or syncromesh.
If you currently have an unrestricted licence, you will not lose this endorsement when upgrading in an automatic - i.e. you will still be able to drive HC vehicles fitted with manual gearbox (also known as a Road Ranger, Crashbox, or Constant Mesh).
Our fee for upgrading your licence in our automatic HC vehicle is $1650.
Heavy Combination Unrestricted (HC) Course Summary
This course is for those participants who want to get their unrestricted Heavy Combination Licence. This training is conducted in a the following configuration - rigid vehicle fitted with a manual gearbox (also known as a Road Ranger), towing a pig trailer over 9 tonne GVM.
At the completion of this training and assessment program students will be able to obtain their Heavy Combination vehicle licence. Training and assessment takes 2 days (approximately 17 hours) to complete depending on student competency and prior experience.
Upon successful completion the student will be able to obtain an unrestricted Heavy Combination (HC) licence and be able to drive HC trucks with any transmission type (auto, synchromesh, or constant mesh transmission). Training and assessment takes place in our vehicle which uses a nine (9) speed Road Ranger constant mesh transmission.
Our fee is $2040 for 2 days training and assessment in our vehicle. If a student requires additional time to complete this class of licence above and beyond the allocated two days, then an additional day is charged at $800. Please contact us for details on our fee structure when using your own vehicle.
What can I drive with a HC Licence?
A Heavy Combination (HC) Licence allows the holder to drive articulated vehicles with three (3) or more axels. This includes a prime mover with a single semi trailer, or heavy rigid vehicle towing a trailer with a GVM greater than nine (9) tonnes. See image below.
How do I make a Booking?... It's easy! Check out our Booking Guide for more details.
In relation to the coronavirus we have implemented measures to protect both our students and staff in these trying times. We are closely following the advice from the Australia Department of Health, and adopting the strictest personal hygiene measures in our cars, trucks, and places of work.
We have limited non-training staff, by having our administration staff work from home. Course sizes have also been limited to ensure that our training spaces have a minimum of 4 square meters per person.
All our students are being advised that they must reschedule if they::
- Have returned from overseas within the last 14 days
- Been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the last 14 days
- Been advised to self-isolate in the last 14 days
- Experiencing symptoms like: cough, fever, runny nose, shortness of breath, or any other respiratory illness.
Who is this course for?
A Heavy Combination (HC) licence is a legal requirement for any person who wishes to drive an articulated vehicle with three or more axles. I.e. Prime mover with single semi trailer, or heavy rigid vehicle towing a trailer with GVM more than nine (9) tonnes.
What's the first step?
The very first step in upgrading your licence is to do the knowledge test at RMS/Services NSW. To get you started we can send an email with some helpful links for that part of the process - fill in the form linked below and we'll do the rest.
Helpful Links For The Knowledge Test
About The Licence
A heavy combination vehicle includes articulated vehicles with three or more axles. This includes prime movers with a single semi trailer as well as heavy rigid vehicle trailer combinations including unladen dolly, with three or more axles. Any towed trailer with a GVM of more than nine (9) tonnes requires a Heavy Combination (HC) licence.
Before training and assessment for a Heavy Combination Vehicle licence can be undertaken an applicant must:
- Have held a class MR or HR licence or equivalent for one (1) year or more. ~ Note: Any time you've spent on a P2 MR or HR licence counts, but you can't practice to drive an HC vehicle, or upgrade to an HC licence until you hold a full class MR or HR licence.
- Pass the HC knowledge test
- Pass an eyesight test
After successful completion of the eyesight and knowledge tests an applicant may apply for a Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) Learners Logbook and may then undertake training and assessment to obtain a HC licence.
Want a leg up in the Transport Industry?.. Get your HC licence with us and we'll throw in a Dangerous Goods Licence for $250 (Total Savings = $145).
About the training
Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment is run by Roads and Maritime Services (formerly Roads and Traffic Authority - RTA) accredited Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) with heavy vehicle licensed driving instructors.
In the course students will benefit from one on one training with our instructors to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to safely drive a Heavy Combination (HC) vehicle.
During the course students will be trained and assessed in various competencies with the final competency assessment (FCA) to be undertaken at the end of the course. It includes systematic and efficient control of all vehicle functions, monitoring of traffic and road conditions, management of vehicle condition and performance and effective management of hazardous situations.
Upon successful completion students will be able to upgrade their licence to an unrestricted HC licence.
How much does it cost to sit the Driver Knowledge Test at the RMS?
RMS/Services NSW update their prices regularly but approximate cost is $47
How much does the Logbook Cost?
RMS/Services NSW update their prices regularly but approximate cost is $29
Heavy Combination Truck Licence Training Resources
Main Newcastle Premises: 123 Training Solutions - 18 Gavey Street, Mayfield NSW 2304
Need to do your training elsewhere? We can also do this training in Northern NSW:
For those students who also elect to complete a theory test issued by our RTO in additional to the normal practical training, a Statement of Attainment can be issued. Specifically - TLILIC3017 - Licence to drive a heavy combination vehicle.
If you would also like this option please ask at time of booking, as sometimes additional arrangements need to be made in advance of your training.
Unrestricted HC Licence
$2040 for 2 days when training/assessing is conducted in our vehicle. Note: Training and assessment takes 2 days (approximately 17 hours) to complete depending on student competency.
Automatic HC Licence
An additional fee of $300 will be charged if a student fails, and needs to re-do their Final Competency Assessment due to criteria relating to disobeying road rules. Examples include, speeding, running a red light, and ignoring a stop sign.
Competency Based Training/Assessment
This is a competency based training and assessment course, and the time we allocate for participants to complete this course is based on an estimate which we have historically found to cover a high proportion of participants. As everyone learns at different rates, some participants will need more time than what we have estimated to reach the required level of competency. In this scenario, any additional training to complete this class of licence will be charged at $800 per day.
- Payment is due in full prior to, or on the day of the training.