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Heavy Rigid Truck Licence

For Heavy Rigid Licence (HR) training in Newcastle - we have two options. For those who will be driving vehicles with either an automatic, or a regular manual (synchromesh) gearbox, we can do the training in one of our automatic trucks. For those needing to drive vehicles with a constant-mesh (Road Ranger) transmission, we can do the training in one of our Road Ranger trucks. More information on each of these options below.

Automatic - Heavy Rigid (HR) Course Summary

We recommend this option for most participants who want to get their heavy rigid licence. Training is conducted as a (1) day course in an automatic HR - see image below. Note - this will result in a licence with a 'B' condition, which also allows you to drive regular manual (synchromesh manual) transmission.

Automatic Heavy Rigid Licence Photo

Upon successful completion the student will be able to obtain their Heavy Rigid (HR) licence and be able to drive HR trucks with a transmission type of automatic or syncromesh.

Our fee for upgrading your licence in our automatic HR vehicle is $1550.

Unrestricted - Heavy Rigid (HR) Course Summary

This option is for participants who need an unrestricted HR licence. Training is conducted in a vehicle fitted with a manual gear box (also known as a Road Ranger).

At the completion of this training and assessment program students will be able to obtain their unrestricted Heavy Rigid vehicle licence. Training and assessment in a road ranger generally takes 2 days (approximately 17 hours) to complete depending on student competency.

Upon successful completion the student will be able to obtain an unrestricted HR licence and be able to drive HR 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 $2200 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 day, then an additional day is charged at $750. Please contact us for details on our fee structure when using your own vehicle.

Who is this course for?

A Heavy Rigid (HR) licence is a legal requirement for any person who wishes to drive a rigid truck with three (3) or more axles.

How do I make a Booking?... It's easy! Check out our Booking Guide for more details.

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 rigid vehicle has three or more axles. Holders of a HR licence may also tow a trailer with a weight not exceeding nine (9) tonnes. For more information please refer to page 14 of the heavy vehicle driver handbook.

Heavy Rigid Truck Images

Before training and assessment for a Heavy Vehicle licence can be undertaken an applicant must:

After successful completion of the eyesight and knowledge tests an applicant may apply for a Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment Learners Logbook and may then undertake training and assessment to obtain a HR licence. A holder of a HR license is also lawfully able to drive all license classes below it (medium rigid, light rigid, car) - excludes motorcycles.

Want a leg up in the Transport Industry?.. Get your HR licence with us and we'll throw in a Dangerous Goods Licence for $345 (Total Savings = $130).

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 rigid 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. Students will be trained and assessed in all required competencies and upon successful completion will be able to upgrade their licence to an unrestricted HR licence.


Can I go for my Heavy Rigid licence if i'm on my Green P's?

It Depends - If you've held a class C (car licence) for two (2) years or more then the answer is yes you can. Any time spent on your Red P's (P1) counts, but you can't practice to drive a Heavy Rigid (HR) vehicle, or upgrade to a HR licence until you hold your Green P's (P2) or full class C licence. See the RMS website for other requirements

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 Rigid Truck Licence Training Resources

Heavy Vehicle Driver Handbook Road Users Driver Handbook

Videos for Road Ranger Gear Box

Course Location

Main Newcastle Premises: 123 Training Solutions - 18 Gavey Street, Mayfield NSW 2304

Other Locations

Need to do your training elsewhere? We can also do this training in Northern NSW:


123 Training Solutions conduct Heavy Rigid Licence courses in partnership and on behalf of Raise Training (RTO Number: 91655).

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 - TLILIC2016 - Licence to drive a heavy rigid 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.

Course Cost

Unrestricted HR Licence

$2200 for 2 days when training/assessing is conducted in our vehicle. Note: Training and assessment generally takes 2 days (approximately 17 hours) to complete depending on student competency.

Automatic HR 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 $750 per day.

Payment Terms


I can with no doubt recommend 123 Training Solutions. Chris thank you for not making me feel pressured to enrol and streamline the process. A special thanks to Mark and Grahame! I could not have asked for a more competent and professional Trainer and Assessor gaining my HR Licence.


Hi Chris,

I'm writing to you in regards to the recent HR Truck Driving Course and Dangerous Goods Licence course I have completed with 123 Training solutions. Firstly I would like to thank you Chris for all your help and quick correspondence in regards to slotting me into these courses at short notice.

Secondly, I would like to thank Mr Graham Jamieson. Graham was my Trainer for my HR Driver Training Course, from the very start of the course Graham made the training very relaxed but very professional in his approach to the course. As you know, the first hour of a course can be very intimidating to a trainee especially driving a Heavy Ridged Truck with a Road Ranger gear box.

As you would know by now Chris, Graham has a very unique way of training. After about the first half an hour driving around the training grounds with Graham, the stress that I was feeling and most probably every other trainee felt went right out the window. The confidence that you gain from being trained by a Trainer such as Graham is invaluable. After successfully completing my HR Driver Training course I was very happy to hear that Graham was to be my Trainer for the Dangerous Goods Course. Once again Graham showed that not only is he an exceptional Truck Driver Trainer he can also be in a class room full of Truck Driver and have there full attention for 2 days with theory, it is a credit to him and his training techniques.

I would recommend 123 Training solutions to anyone that is looking to upgrade their licence or qualifications.
All the Best Chris and once again thank you.