Heavy Combination (HC) Truck Licence Course in Victoria
Are you looking to obtain your Victorian Heavy Combination licence from VicRoads? Sign up for a training course with TDT Training to increase your skills and knowledge about driving heavy combination vehicles. Our training programs are designed to help you achieve successful outcomes from your licence assessment test. As well as our heavy combination licence course, you can find training courses that focus on gaining your Light Rigid Licence, Medium Rigid Licence, Heavy Rigid Licence or Multi Combination Licence. Learn more about the courses at TDT Training and find a class that can help you start your career in transport today.
Unit of Competency:
Heavy Combination Vehicle:
A Heavy Combination vehicle is:
a) A prime move to which is attached a single semi-trailer that has a GVM more than 9 tonnes plus any unladen converter dolly; or
b) A rigid motor vehicle to which is attached a trailer that has a GVM more than 9 tonnes plus any unladen converter dolly.
This course is designed to train drivers to a competent standard, which will enable them to pass the relevant VicRoads testing criteria, skills and practical driving in the category of Heavy combination.
Drivers participating in this course must have held a Current MR or HR Licence for a minimum period of 12 months.
TDT offers a course duration of 8, 12 or 16 hours (depending on experience) which includes Training and Testing using a non-synchromesh gearbox (18 speed Road Ranger).* TDT also offer Day Courses using an Auto Shift gearbox.
Hourly training is also available upon request.
Student/Instructor Ratio 1:1
- Applicants on Prescribed Medication or with a Medical Condition may require medical Clearance from VicRoads prior to commencement.
- Applicants with an Overseas Licence must have written approval from VicRoads stating licence category eligible.
- Clearance from VicRoads may be required before any Training or Assessment may commence.
* VicRoads criteria will not allow training on international licences (except NZ). Course Prices/times do NOT Guarantee a Licence.
Course Content: Theory and Practical
- Road Law General
- Driving tips
- Pre-operational checks
- Lane Management
- Braking distance
- Forward offset manoeuvres
- Gear Selection
- Fuel efficiency/economy driving
- 90-degree turns
- System of Vehicle Control
- Following distance
- Uncoupling – Coupling
- Correct use of accessories
- Highway driving
- Maintaining safe speed/gap
- Cabin Inspection
- Load restraint
- Drive Assessment
- Skills Assessment (Reverse & Coupling, Cabin Inspection, Vehicle Inspection and Load Restraint)
Course duration/costs do not guarantee students will sit the on road licence test. To be eligible to test, students MUST first meet VicRoads criteria. If criteria are NOT met students will not be able to undergo the on road test and will continue to train for the duration of the course. Additional costs will apply if students book subsequent training and/or testing.
What can I drive with an HC Licence?
Heavy combination trucks include prime movers with a single semi-trailer attached that has a gross vehicle mass exceeding 9 tonnes plus any unladen converter dolly, or a rigid motor vehicle to which is attached a trailer that has a GVM more than 9 tonnes plus any unladen converter dolly. At TDT, we offer training and testing in Melbourne and beyond.
How do I get a Heavy Combination truck licence in Victoria?
To obtain a Heavy Combination (HC) licence in Victoria, Australia, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Eligibility: You must hold a Heavy Rigid (HR) licence or its equivalent for at least one year before applying for an HC licence.
- Medical Examination: Some applicants may need to undergo a medical examination to prove fitness for driving heavy vehicles.
- Training: Enroll in a training course with TDT. Our course covers the theory you’ll need to know and the practical aspects of driving. It’s a key step to obtaining your heavy combination licence in Victoria.
- Practical Driving Assessment: After successfully completing the training, you’ll be assessed on your ability to operate an HC vehicle. HC license testing usually includes a vehicle safety check, on-road driving, and various maneuvers.
- Application: Once you successfully pass all tests, TDT Training will process the licence for you.
- Fees: Pay the required fees for the licence application and issuance.
- Licence Issuance: After successful verification and payment, you’ll be issued an HC licence.
How much is an HC licence in Victoria?
The cost of getting an HC licence in Victoria can vary depending on several factors, such as training fees, application fees, and other administrative charges.
- Training Costs: Training programs vary in price – you can see a full breakdown of TDT’s costing schedule for HC licence training courses on this page
- Licence Issue Fee: If your application is successful, you’ll also need to pay an issue fee to receive your licence
What sets TDT’s Heavy Combination Licence course apart from others?
We’ve created the Heavy Combination Truck Licence course to give drivers a comprehensive understanding of the different practical and theoretical components of driving heavy vehicles. Our students are taught by qualified instructors with real-world experience in high-quality, up-to-date vehicles. At TDT, we’re committed to making sure our students get the best out of our courses and are able to pass their subsequent licence tests with flying colours.
Where is the TDT HC licence course held?
Our HC licence courses can be completed from a number of locations, including Hallam, Bendigo, Sale, Sunshine and Ballarat. Our comprehensive fleet at each location ensures students can learn while operating the best vehicles. All courses are run by experienced instructors with industry insight and first-hand experience.
What is the difference between HR and HC Licence?
Anyone with an HR licence can drive trucks and buses over 8 tonne GVM with three or more axles and a maximum towing weight of 9 tonnes. An HC licence means you can operate heavy articulated vehicles with a truck and trailer over 9 tonne or a semi-trailer with one trailer. Feel free to get in touch with the friendly team at TDT for advice about the best option for you.
|Heavy Combination (SYNCHRO / AUTO)||Price|
|Industry Experienced (8 hrs) – One Day||$1,550.00|
|Novice (12hrs) – 12 hrs over 2 days (2 x 6 hrs) or 1 & half days (8hrs & 4 hrs) or 3 days (3 x 4 hrs)||$1,850.00|
|Heavy Combination (NON SYNCHRO)||Price|
|Industry Experienced (8 hrs) – One Day||$1,550.00|
|Novice (12hrs) – 12 hrs over 2 days (2 x 6 hrs) or 1 & half days (8hrs & 4 hrs) or 3 days (3 x 4 hrs)||$1,900.00|
|Extreme Novice (16 hours over 2 days) (2 x 8 hours)||$2,500.00|
|Heavy Vehicle Retest|
|(On Road) Drive Retest||$320.00|
|(Off Road) Reverse Retest||$160.00|
|Hourly Training (Minimum 3 hrs for weekdays, Minimum 4 hrs for weekends)|
|Heavy Vehicle (MR, HR, HC & MC) per hour||$160.00|
|Weekend Fee (Applied per person, per day)||15%|
|Verbal Theory Test||$110.00|
|Re-issue Certificate / SOA||$50.00|
|Endorsement fee (payable at TDT Training) $60.00*
*A card payment fee applies when using VISA or Mastercard.