Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations Skill Set

Jobs and Skills WA: Truck driver courses
Get your HR, HC or MC license — FREE IN '23!

How would you like to get your career as a heavy vehicle driver in the road transport industry trucking along? Or maybe you'd like to build on the skills you already have, to open up more job opportunities?

Your training will include not only the theoretical knowledge required to work as a heavy vehicle driver in WA, but also practical driving instruction training for operation of a heavy rigid (HR), heavy combination (HC), or multi-combination (MC) vehicle to get you job ready. The driving instruction training component will be conducted in a range of conditions and locations, with coaching from qualified and experienced drivers. On successful completion, you'll obtain a licence for the HR, HC or MC class vehicle and can also apply for a forklift (LF) licence.

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Skill sets
Industry: Maritime and Logistics | Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics |
WA State ID: AE871
What unit/s of competency are in this skill set?

This skill set contains the following nationally recognised unit/s of competency. Please note: This list is the core units only — other units are included in the course, by selection as relevant to the vehicle class licence you wish to acquire. 

Unit code Unit title
HLTINFCOV001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
TLIF1001 Follow work health and safety procedures
TLIF1002  Conduct housekeeping activities
TLIE0002 Process workplace documentation
TLIE1005 Carry out basic workplace calculations
TLIG1001 Work effectively with others
TLIH2001 Interpret road maps and navigate pre-determined route
TLIF2010 Apply fatigue management strategies
TLIB0002 Carry out vehicle inspection
TLIF2006 Apply accident-emergency procedures
TLIA1001 Secure cargo
TLID2004 Load and unload goods/cargo
TLIF0009 Ensure the safety of transport activities (Chain of Responsibility)
TLIB0003 Use and maintain minor mechanical equipment
TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck
TLIB2008 Carry out inspection of trailers
TLIF2012 Apply safe procedures when handling/transporting dangerous goods or explosives
What is a skill set?

In vocational education and training (VET), a skill set is a short course that's developed by choosing individual units of competency from a full qualification (or qualifications) that target a specific set of skills and knowledge, to meet the needs of industry or a particular job role. 

The units of competency in a skill set are nationally accredited and recognised. 

This means that when you successfully complete a skill set, you will receive a Statement of Attainment as an official record. This verifies that you have completed those units, so that you can receive credit for them should you continue on to further study.

Skill sets are also used to upskill workers for specific skills and knowledge required for their job; or in situations where a full qualification is not required.

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What further study options are available from here?

The units in this skill set may lead to the qualifications listed below, and others that allow selection of these units.

  • Certificate III in Driving Operations (traineeship)
  • Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage
  • Certificate II in Warehousing Operations
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Join the transport industry and keep WA moving.

This skill set has been designed to promote new entrants and support upskilling of existing workers in the heavy haulage truck driving industry. 

In this training program you will learn how to:

  • Follow work health and safety procedures
  • Carry out inspection of vehicles
  • Secure, load and unload cargo of goods
  • Apply work fatigue management strategies
  • Obtain a forklift licence (subject to meeting Worksafe requirements)
  • Obtain a truck licence (subject to meeting Department of Transport requirements)
  • Ensure the safety of the transport industry (chain of responsibility).

The driving instruction training component of the program is conducted in a range of conditions and locations, with coaching from qualified and experienced drivers.

Subject to meeting the Department of Transport licensing requirements, participants may apply for one of the following licences:

  • Heavy Rigid
  • Heavy Combination; or
  • Multi Combination class vehicle

Please note: Students will be required to for the Department of Transport and Worksafe fees. 

Complete the 6 week driver trainer program and become job ready to join the transport and logistics industry.

The Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations skill set provides participants real, hands-on experience. 

In this training program you will learn how to:

  • follow work health and safety procedures;
  • carry out inspection of trucks and trailers;
  • secure, load and unload cargo of goods;
  • apply work fatigue management strategies;
  • understanding chain of responsibility. 

The driving instruction training component of the program is conducted in a range of conditions and locations, with coaching from qualified and experienced drivers. On successful completion of the skill set, you can apply to obtain one of the following licences: Heavy Rigid; Heavy Combination; or Multi Combination class vehicle, and may apply for a forklift (LF) licence.

The information presented on the course lists within this website is provided to the Department of Training and Workforce Development by the WA TAFE colleges and private training providers, and is offered as a guide only. It is updated regularly, however some changes to details may occur in between updates. You should always contact the TAFE or private training provider directly to confirm details and/or ask questions.