A focus on licence class: Heavy Rigid (HR)

A Heavy Rigid licence, also known as an HR licence is the most popular heavy vehicle licence upgrade in Sydney and probably all of New South Sales.

The reason for this is simple; candidates can enrol in training and assessment, and upgrade to an HR license straight from a class ‘C’ licence.

This process of going straight to HR from class ‘C’ represents better value compared with a Light Rigid (LR) or Medium Rigid (MR) upgrade, as the HR licence upgrade provides a licence class that covers vehicles of the lower classes (with exception to class ‘R’).

There are two common licence class endorsements; unrestricted (allowing the driver to drive vehicles fitted with any transmission), and condition ‘B’ (prohibiting the driver from driving vehicles fitted with a Constant-mesh/RoadRanger transmission)

Heavy Rigid vehicles include:

  • Trucks and buses with a GVM more than 8 tonnes, and 3 or more axles;
  • Any towed trailer must not weigh more than 9 tonnes GVM;
  • Bendy buses. Even though these vehicles are articulated, they’re treated as rigid vehicles.

To apply for an HR licence, you must:

  • Have held a Class C licence (not a learner or P1) or equivalent for at least 2 years
  • Pass the ‘Rigid’ knowledge test at Roads and Maritime or Service NSW;
  • Pass an eyesight test;
  • Successfully complete HVCBA, or pass a Roads and Maritime driving test (Roads and Maritime driving test not available in Sydney).

Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment or HVCBA is a heavy vehicle licensing assessment scheme, where RMS approved Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) provided training and assessment services to the public.

The scheme provides the public great flexibility regarding program delivery, including weekend and after hour options for licence courses.

There are many configurations of Heavy Rigid (HR) vehicles.

  • Transmissions fitted to Heavy Rigid vehicles vary from Constant-mesh (RoadRanger), Synchromesh, Automatic, and the increasingly popular Automated Manual (computerised robotic manuals).
  • Vehicle bodies fitted to HR vehicles are diverse, ranging from Table-top, Tautliner, Pantech, Tipper, Tanker, Agitator (concrete), Compactor (waste), and a range of specialised vehicle bodies suited to industry such as Fire and Rescue and many others.

Alltruck Driver Training is an RMS approved Registered Training Organisation (RTO), who provides service under the HVCBA scheme.  Heavy Rigid license training and assessment is our most popular product.  We offer both the unrestricted and condition ‘B’ pathways.  Courses are available 7 days a week.

Alltruck Driver Trainings’ 2010 Hino FM500 2630.  Our second Hino FM500 2630 is due for delivery early 2015.

Survey data indicates truck licence candidates would recommend Alltruck Driver Training

At Alltruck Driver Training, we make every effort to ensure that our truck licence candidates receive the service they paid for.

We provide every client the opportunity to have their say and our survey allows for the candidate to remain anonymous, if they want to.  This allows clients to be honest when providing feedback, and we appreciate that as we want to identify any deficiencies in service or quality.

Truck licensing and truck training in Sydney, especially truck licensing in Western Sydney is an incredibly competitive market, and to maintain and increase our market share, we acknowledge that meeting clients needs with a client focused service is paramount.

We are finding high levels of client satisfaction in our Medium Rigid courses, right through to our Heavy Rigid courses and Heavy Combination courses.  This indicates all staff are to thank for contributing to our outstanding performance in service.

Word of mouth is such a strong form of marketing, and we are enjoying the benefits of years of quality service in Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) space.

An analysis of our data shows that all truck license clients who responded to our request for feedback answered ‘Yes’ when asked if they would recommend Alltruck Driver Training.

We are very proud of our highly qualified team… Well done!

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From the 1st January 2015, all students undertaking training in Australia, will need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).Currently, it is not possible for students to obtain a complete record of their VET enrolments and achievements from a single online source. This is inconvenient not only for students and employers, but can also make it more difficult for training organisations to assess pre-requisites, credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Incomplete data about access to and use of the VET sector also inhibits the development of evidence-based VET programs.

A USI is effectively an account or reference number made up of numbers and letters.  The USI will allow all of an individual’s training records, entered in the national vocational education and training (VET) data collection, to be linked.

The USI will make it easier for students to find, collate and authenticate their VET achievements into a single transcript. It will also ensure that students’ VET records are not lost.

The USI will be available online and at no cost to the student. This USI will stay with the student for life and be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course that is undertaken from when the USI comes into effect.

The USI initiative will:

  • Seamlessly link information about a student’s VET achievements, regardless of where they studied
  • Enable students to easily access secure digital transcripts of their achievements
  • Give students access to, and more control over, their educational information

There will be significant benefits for training providers resulting from the introduction of the USI. For example, the USI initiative will enable students to provide training providers with access to an online authenticated record of student attainment. This will assist with the recording of enrolment details and will help to streamline the assessment of course prerequisites, credit transfer and the assessment of eligibility for funding assistance.

In the longer term, training providers will benefit from longitudinal data on course completions which will inform the development of future VET sector policy initiatives.

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Truck licence Sydney

Are you considering a truck license Sydney?

We have truck training Sydney, tailored to individual needs, with all levels of experience catered for.

Truck course Sydney run 7 days a week, with some afternoon and evening MR training courses, HR training courses, and HC training courses on offer.

An MR license enables the driver to drive medium rigid vehicles.  An HR license enables the driver to drive heavy rigid vehicles.  An HC license enables the driver to drive heavy combination vehicles.

Achieving a truck licence Sydney is affordable, and we at Alltruck Driver Training have convenient truck licence training locations in Western Sydney.

Using a truck license process called Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) we are able to provide flexibly truck licence solutions.

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In-cabin cameras in HVCBA

Major policy change has been announced that will strengthen the integrity of the Heavy Vehicle licensing system in NSW.

From 1 December 2014, Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) scheme providers will be required to install in-cabin cameras to monitor the Final Competency Assessment (FCA) element of the heavy vehicle licensing program.

Duel cameras will capture the candidate and assessor and outside the vehicle, with rolling GPS coordinates and time/date stamp, and a microphone to record in-cabin conversations.

Assessors will have a pre and post assessment script to read, which provides the candidate an opportunity to provide consent to being filmed.

RMS approved Registered Training Organisations involved in the HVCBA scheme will have strict regulation surrounding evidence retention, privacy, and a range of other issues concerning the initiative.

We at Alltruck Driver Training acknowledge the need of monitoring the scheme, and fully support the RMS with this development.

Career opportunity – Heavy Rigid Licence Required

A client of ours, Robar Boring Contractors Pty Ltd is recruiting and requested we support them in finding Heavy Rigid drivers.

Please see the Job Description as follows:

As an industry leader in Boring and Drilling services for over 44 years, Robar Boring Contractors Pty Ltd is a reputable and established Boring and Drilling company located in Western Sydney. We stand by our reputation that is built upon reliability, great service, expertise and honesty Robar Boring Contractors Pty Ltd provides services to clients throughout the Sydney metro area and across various NSW country areas. 

We have a current vacancy for a Drilling Machine Operator with the following attributes: 

  • HR license (unrestricted/manual)

  • White card (onsite induction card)

  • Strong work-ethic and motivation levels

  • Presentable attire
 Ability to commute to and from Western Sydney (Kemps Creek)

  • Ability to work flexible hours (morning, evening, and weekend shifts, if necessary)

For experienced applicants, the Drilling Machine Operator will ideally have experience on either Pacific or Proline machines. 

For the right candidate, we’re willing to explore training opportunities as well. This position type starts as contract, with the opportunity to convert to full-time after the training and probationary period. 

A drug and alcohol screening is mandatory prior to finalising any contract or employment agreement.


You will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects and receive the necessary guidance and training from our friendly team. We offer an attractive remuneration package for the appropriate candidate, and provide additional on-the-job training (if applicable).


All interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter and CV torobarboring@robarboring.com. To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.robarboring.com