Careers in Trucking

cms_show_imageThe road freight sector is an essential cog in a sophisticated logistics industry that uses specialised equipment to handle all types of goods, store them if required and deliver them when the customer wants them in perfect condition.

So, it’s about more than simply loading and driving a truck. There’s a whole host of opportunities including storage, dispatch, vehicle maintenance, accounts, HR and sales and marketing depending on the size of the company.

For more information on how to get started and a career in road transport click here. You can also talk to a local trucking company about how you can get involved.

How to become a driver

Truck driving today is a highly skilled occupation which requires knowledge of the rules and regulations which govern use of a heavy vehicle on the road, how loads are safely transported and, of course, the ability to drive a heavy vehicle which can weigh more than 60 tonnes or be up to 25 metres long safely and competently.

That means working for and passing driving tests which qualify a driver for the type of vehicle they will be in charge of and other qualifications called endorsements for using other equipment such as forklifts.



The road freight industry training organisation, MITO, has detailed information on the and skills needed to be a heavy haulage operator, goods service heavy vehicle driver or log transport operator. A large chunk of this training can be undertaken on-the-job. For more information click here.

A number of polytechnics also provide training in a range of relevant qualifications. Some include practical as well as classroom instruction.

Toi-Ohomai (Bay of Plenty)

Toi-Ohomai offer full-time and part-time qualifications, short courses, and some online options, allowing you to continue working while you study.

All the training is based at the specialist training centre and warehouse in Tauranga and is very hands on. You’ll enjoy regular work experience with local businesses, giving you a taste of the job ‘in the real world’ and gain essential industry contacts.

More information and a list of courses are available here.

Manukau Institute of Technology (Auckland)

The Manukau Institute of Technology offers a range of courses to help you gain the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications for a career in road freight and logistics. At MIT you can also do individual course without enrolling in a full programme through their Certificate of Proficiency options.

More information and a list of courses are available here.

North Tec (Northland)

North Tec offers the New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) (Level 3) as well as courses to help you gain your class 2, 4 and 5 licences.

More information is available here.

Tai Poutini Tech (West Coast)

Tai Poutini Tech offers Heavy Vehicles (Level 3) courses for drivers wanting to gain their class 2, 4 and 5 licences. They also offer a Dangerous Goods Endorsement (Level 3) programme.

More information is available here.


Ara (Canterbury), SIT (Southland) and EIT also offer the New Zealand Certificate in Commercial Road Transport (Heavy Vehicle Operator) (Level 3).