Two commercial road transport programmes have been
launched at UCOL Wairarapa to support the region’s booming
From July, UCOL Wairarapa will be
offering the New
Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport
Skills and the New
Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy
The programmes are
fee-free to domestic learners until the end of
Dr Bob Stewart, UCOL Wairarapa Academic
Portfolio Manager – Trades, Conservation and Primary, says
the logistics sector is growing and needs more
“Truck drivers are in demand all across the
country, and it can be a well-paying career, with pay rates
of up to $40 an hour,” says Bob.
“If a secondary
school student started the Certificate in Commercial Road
Transport Skills in July and followed it up with their Class
2 licence and the Certificate in Commercial Road Transport
(Heavy Vehicle Operator), they could be making a good living
just six months out of school.”
The Commercial Road
Transport Skills Certificate introduces learners to the
commercial road transport industry. Ākonga will learn about
different types of vehicles, how to load them correctly,
pre-start vehicle checks, and transporting dangerous goods.
Learners will practice driving small trucks and can earn
their Forklift Operators Certificate and first aid
“The programme is ideal for anyone
wanting to work in a trucking yard or loading area or
progress onto UCOL’s Certificate in Commercial Road
Transport,” says Bob.
The programme aims to prepare
learners to get their Class 2 licence, which is required for
the Certificate in Commercial Road Transport.
programme runs for 17 weeks for full-time students.
Secondary students interested in the programme will be able
to attend lessons two days a week through UCOL’s U-Skills
“It is a great way for rangatahi to
get a taste for the industry, develop their driving skills,
and earn NCEA credits,” says Bob.
The Certificate in
Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) is aimed
at people who work in the sector or who have a Class 1 or
Class 2 licence and want to work as heavy truck drivers.
Graduates will walk away with either a Class 4 or Class 5
licence, as well as a forklift driver endorsement, a
dangerous goods endorsement, and a comprehensive first aid
The programme includes workplace learning
and is perfect for those already working in the logistics
industry and who want to become drivers. Both full-time and
a part-time study options are available.
of businesses putting their workers through the Heavy
Vehicle Operator programme is that the licence fee is
covered, saving the employers thousands of dollars,” says