Courses

Courses

if you want a wealth of industry knowledge,
you’ve come to the right place.

A lifetime of knowledge was delicately crafted into each of our courses. Here, you are learning from someone who started where you did many moons ago and is now spreading that knowledge back into the community. Learn not only how to drive, but how to prepare for every kind of situation on the road as a ‘trucky’. Be ready to take on our western roads as a true professional.

These are crash courses, meaning this is the minimum time required to obtain a licence. Not everyone can process a lifetime’s worth of information in a few days. Our best students will be able to demonstrate full competency within these time frames, but some might require additional lessons. This isn’t unusual and we can guarantee to get you in within a week for the extra hours. Your assessment will be postponed if you are not ready. We are not here to set you up to fail, but we also don’t cut any corners. After all, we are issuing you with a licence to drive a very dangerous vehicle.

All our courses are nationally recognised, feature one-on-one training, and all of our assessments are performed on site by our Department of Transport approved assessors.

Heavy Rigid (HR)

To be eligible, you must:

Hold a non-provisional licence (be off your P Plates).

Think of this course as your intro to truck driving. Here you are learning to drive a truck with no trailers, but a sixteen-tonne vehicle none the less. You must acquire this licence prior to driving anything with trailers. Many mining industry positions will require you to obtain a HR licence to drive water carts, dump trucks, or simply to move trucks on site. A HR licence can get you jobs doing local deliveries and also qualifies you to drive buses, provided that you obtain a PTD authorisation from the DOT (paperwork only). In other words, you can skip completely over the MR vehicle class by completing a HR course.

You have a few options within this vehicle class, as there are three different types of transmissions – Auto, Synchromesh, and Road Ranger (otherwise known as a crash-box). This will set precedent for future truck licences. Read more below.

Heavy Combination (HC)

To be eligible, you must:

Hold an MR licence for at least two years
or
Hold a HR licence for at least one year.

The successful completion of this course enables you to drive a semi-trailer or a truck and dog (a trailer with only one pivot point) with a maximum GCM (Gross Combination Mass) of up to 42.5 tonne and vehicles up to 19m long. If you want to drive tankers, tippers, or containers with a single trailer, this might be the course for you. This opens up doors to delivering food to supermarkets and fuel collection. Most of our students skip this class in favour of the MC course, which covers you for all of the above and more.

We only perform HC courses in an automatic truck. Whatever restriction you have (if any) at the HR level will carry through to your HC licence. This is the safest and easiest way to learn how to operate trailers. There’s a lot to learn as it is without having to keep up your gears.

Multi-Combination (MC)

To be eligible, you must:

Hold a HR licence for at least one year.

The giants of our highways – and where the real money is in trucking. If you want to do long-distance driving, this is the licence for you. Obtaining an MC licence means that you can drive any truck on the road, specifically 2 or more trailers. If you are sick of multi drop-offs and just want to manage a single load per day, this is a great path to go down. Get to know every corner of WA as you cover off thousands of kilometres while listening to music and podcasts. If you obtained a HR licence a while ago, but are still on the tools – this might be a good change up and break on the body.

We only perform MC courses in an automatic truck. Whatever restriction you have (if any) at the HR level will carry through to your MC licence. This is the safest and easiest way to learn how to operate trailers. There’s a lot to learn as it is without having to keep up your gears.

Types of Transmissions

Automatic / Auto:

The majority of newly made heavy-rigid vehicles are made with an automatic transmission. This is the way of the future. Most mine sites will feature predominantly auto trucks. This is a great option if you need to acquire a licence quickly, if you need to drive buses, or if you have control over what truck you will be driving.

Synchromesh / Synchro:

The most popular choice by a landslide, the synchromesh transmission is the best licence to obtain with the least hassle. This licence will cover you for roughly 80% of all HR vehicles. The synchromesh transmission is most comparable to a car’s manual gearbox. With this course, you will learn to operate a 16-tonne vehicle with 12 speeds (6 gears with a low and high range option for each), as well as split-shifting.

Road Ranger / Crash Box / Open Class:

A very difficult gearbox to learn. With 18 speeds, double clutching, and precision with rev-control required, this beast is not for everyone. Forget what you know about driving when it comes to this bad boy. We normally recommend against this option unless you absolutely must – you have been explicitly told to get this licence or you intend to embark on a career in the trucking industry long term. If you have intention to drive road-trains in the future, this licence may be worth the investment. Most people will require additional lessons after a 2-day course. This is the course for the mechanically minded and for quick learners.

Pricing

Course Length Tips:

1-day courses: suitable for those with adequate prior experience

You have driven trucks on a farm, on a mine site, or have specific industry knowledge. You are fairly competent, but need to learn the finer details to become Department of Transport assessment ready. You can withstand a long day of learning, processing a large amount of information in a small amount of time.

2-day courses: suitable for those with limited to no experience

You have been exposed to trucks before, have worked in hands-on industries, or are mechanically minded. You have good road rules knowledge. You pick up new skills quickly. You have faith that you can get it done in two days.

3-day courses: suitable for those with no experience

You are completely new to trucks, hands-on work, and/or professional driving. You want to give yourself adequate time to tick every box without worrying about waiting for more lessons. You are travelling from rural WA and can’t afford to make another trip.

Heavy Rigid Courses

HR Auto:

2-day package
999
  • Two hours of theory on day one, five and a half hours of practical training split across two days, and your test.
3-day package
1399
  • Two hours of theory on day one, eight hours of practical training split across three days, and your test.

HR Synchro:

2-day package
1099
  • Two hours of theory, six hours of practical training split across two days, and your test.
3-day package
1380
  • Two hours of theory, eight hours of practical training split across three days, and your test.

HR Road Ranger:

2-day package
1380
  • Two hours of theory, eight hours of practical training split across two days, and your test.
3-day package
1899
  • Two hours of theory, twelve hours of practical training split across three days, and your test.

Heavy Combination Courses

2-day package
1850
  • Two hours of theory, six hours of practical training split across two days, and your test.
3-day package
2260
  • Two hours of theory, nine hours of practical training split across three days, and your test.

Multi-Combination Courses

2-day package
1999
  • Two hours of theory, six hours of practical training split across two days, and your test.
3-day package
2450
  • Two hours of theory, nine hours of practical training split across three days, and your test.

Recently completed my HR licence with these guys. They all made me feel very relaxed from walking into the office in the morning to driving out the gates at the end of a successful day. My trainer was great, a very patient and wise old boy. Doing the test was even a pleasure. Thanks guys, I will be back to further my driving skills. Recommended to all.

Darren Oliver
Former Student


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