Licence to drive heavy combination vehicle


This training program is designed for people who wish to attain a “Heavy Combination” Drivers licence. People seek this licence to upgrade their skills from a MR Licence or HR Licence, or as part of a job role as a delivery driver, courier, bus driver or other commercial role.

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.

Heavy Combination vehicles are also commonly equipped with two different types of gearboxes, these are:

  • “Automatic/Synchromesh” such as an Eaton Gearbox, which is found to be more often fitted to European Trucks. Drives with manual car license are more easily able to adapt to this style of gearbox.
  • “Manual/Constant Mesh” gearboxes such as the “Roadranger” require the gear changing technique known as “Double declutching” this is questionably more challenging to participants who have no prior experience with this style of gearbox. The use of the Roadranger is declining as more new European based trucks enter the market.

We can teach you either.

If you currently have Condition B on your licence and you:

  • select the Automatic Gearbox option you will receive a Condition B HC licence endorsement, which will only allow you to drive vehicles fitted with Automatic or Synchromesh gearboxes.
  • select the Manual/Constant Mesh Gearbox option you will receive an Unrestricted HC licence.

If you currently have an Unrestricted MR/HR licence and you:

  • select the Automatic Gearbox option you will receive an Unrestricted HC licence.
  • select the Manual/Constant Mesh Gearbox option you will receive an Unrestricted HC licence.

To enter into this course, you will need to:

  • Already hold a “MR” or “HR” class drivers licence for over 12 months.
  • You will need to have been to the Road and Maritime Service (RMS), passed the RMS “HR Knowledge Test”.
  • Pass the RMS Eyesight test
  • Been issued with a RMS CBA (Competency Based Assessment) Logbook and CBA guide book.
  • When you enrol we will need to check your eligibility with RMS Heavy Vehicle – Competency Online Reporting System (HVCORS).
  • Contact Kool Driving School and book in for training and assessment. Please have your Logbook with you when you call, as there are details within the Logbook which we require for processing your booking.

During the course you will learn to:

  • Drive the Heavy Combination vehicle
  • Monitor traffic and road conditions
  • Monitor and maintain vehicle performance

These skills are delivered and assessed over a period of about 1 day to 2 days (depending upon gearbox used) hours, each driver learns at a different rate, and thus you may require slightly more or less time.

Most drivers complete the training and assessment within the time frame allocated; if more time is required, additional training and assessment time will be charged in hourly increments.

The assessment process consists of:

  • You passing the assessment conducted by Kool Driving School
  • Kool Driving School issuing you a Certificate of Competency and a Statement of Attainment.
  • Kool Driving School submitting your results to the RMS – HVCORS.
  • You going to the RMS, and paying the Licence upgrade fee.

The unit of competency is nationally recognised and can only be delivered by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that complies with the governing standards of quality control and quality training and assessment.

Assessment is based on competency i.e. your ability to answer a number of questions about driving, the road rules, the vehicle, and then satisfactory driving the vehicle in normal traffic and performing the normal driving tasks such as:

  • Braking to a line.
  • Maintaining safe buffer zones.
  • Selecting when to merge or enter a stream of traffic.
  • Observation and use of mirrors.
  • Selection of appropriate speed and vehicle position when turning.
  • Co-ordination of gears, clutch, accelerator and other major controls.
  • Correct signalling.
  • As part of the test you must describe to the assessor, the process for coupling and uncoupling a trailer and pre-departure check


  • Manoeuvre
  • Long reverse
  • Reverse park
  • Kerbside stop
  • Pre-departure check
  • Coupling uncoupling

Due to the requirements of maintaining a safe learning environment, Kool Driving School reserves the right to withdraw any participant(s) on the grounds of safety.

Kool Driving School is flexible in the format and timing of learning and assessment activities to ensure that we provide every opportunity for participants to demonstrate their skills and abilities. Should you need support or assistance beyond our skills we will refer you to a suitable organisation to assist you further.

Kool Driving School offers support to all participants with their learning needs. We can tailor the training and assessment program to assist people with learning issues and, to a more limited degree, personal issues.

Our participant manual details our complaints and appeal procedure, our discipline policy, and our access and equity policy, including the contact for any Access and Equity issues.

Course Option:

  • Auto/Synchromesh typically booked as 1 day for training and assessment.
  • Roadranger (Manual/Constant mesh). typically booked as 2 day for training and assessment.
  • Additional charges: Should the client require more hours to complete the course this will be charged at $130 per hour. Sometimes clients with minimal experience may require more training. You will be advised of the likelihood of this at enrolment.
  • It should be noted that choosing the Manual/Constant mesh gear box requires a participant with an experienced background to complete the course within 9 hours.

As this training is Nationally Accredited, it does not attract GST.

Our Fee and Refund policy is:

  • Charged and fee when booking for training and assessment
  • hourly rate cost $130 per hour.
  • For course package please call.
  • The balance of the course fee is charge prior to assessment.
  • Course cancelation of less than 7 days or less notice forfeits the course fees
  • Course cancelation of greater than 7 days allows for 100 % of the fees paid to be refunded.
  • Shifting to alternative course start dates with greater than 7 days’ notice is done without charge
  • Shifting to alternative course start dates with 7 days or less notice attracts a $ 100.00 administration fee.

Requests for variation of the refund policy should be made in writing to the CEO.