Is it possible to go from a Heavy Rigid (HR) Licence to a Multi-Combination (MC) Licence?
Under some conditions, you can go directly from the Heavy Rigid (HR) licence to a Multi-Combination (MC) licence. This can be done by completing a Heavy Combination / Multi-Combination (HC / MC) combined course. This course is a minimum 2 day course and you must have held your Heavy Rigid (HR) licence for a minimum of 12 months.
What can I get for completing this Heavy Combination / Multi Combination (HC/MC) course?
Successful completion of our industry-based training and assessment guarantees you a national certification that you can use across Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide – in fact, all over Australia. The knowledge you learn will translate across all Heavy Combination and Multi Combination vehicles and you will be assessed against Australian national licensing standards.
TIDE Training is accredited by:
✓ VicRoads plans, develops and manages the arterial road network and delivers road safety initiatives and customer focused registration and licensing... More
This training is recognised by all licensing authorities throughout Australia.
What will Heavy Combination / Multi Combination (HC / MC) Training include?
The HC / MC combined course is a 2 day session including training and assessments. The session is split into a number of components. You first need to pass a theory and load securing component of the course. Once this has been completed you will then complete training and assessment for reversing, coupling and driving for the HC component of the course. We attempt to complete the load securing, theory test and the HC component on day 1 of the course.
If all components on day 1 are completed successfully, you will then undertake the training and assessment in reversing, coupling and driving for the MC component on Day 2. The HC component of the course must be completed prior to attempting the MC training.
Each training component of the course will cover skills relating to:
- Pre-drive theory course
- Pre-Drive Vehicle Inspection
- Cabin Drill
- Load Securing
- Road Rules and Directions
- Coupling and uncoupling trailers
- Driving the vehicle
For the forward direction driving, the following skills will be covered during the training:
Vehicle Control and operation including:
- Starting, moving off, shutting down and securing the vehicle
- Managing Steering
- Managing Gears
- Managing Brakes
- Managing Accelerator
Low Risk Driving Behaviours
- Creating and Maintaining Crash Avoidance Space
- Protecting Crash Avoidance Space
- Hill Stop / Start
What will Heavy Combination (HC) and Multi Combination (MC) Assessments include?
The assessment for each vehicle class will assess the applicant’s ability to perform and execute the above mentioned skills. Heavy Combination and Multi Combination assessments both have 5 components as defined by the roads authorities and an eLearning pre-course assessment as defined by TIDE Training.
- eLearning pre-course
- Knowledge Assessment **
- Load Securing
- Coupling and uncoupling trailers
- Pre-Drive Vehicle Inspection including cabin drill
- Reversing (straight and offset reverse)
- Practical Drive
The elearning, authority knowledge test, load securing, vehicle pre-drive inspection and reversing will be assessed as separate components. The Road Rules and direction, Vehicle control, Low Risk Driving Behaviours and a hill stop/start will be assessed together during an on-road driving assessment.
** Note: The pre-drive theory course has been designed to work in conjunction with the e-learning pre-course study material to help all applicants understand the requirements of driving a heavy vehicle and the licensing requirements. Applicants have the choice of completing the Pre-Drive theory component as part of their practical course or on an additional day to their practical training course. All applicants are advised to attend a Pre-Drive theory course in addition to their driving course. Individuals where English is a second language or have language, literacy and numeracy concerns are strongly advised to attend these sessions.
Further information about the heavy vehicle assessment process can be found in our heavy vehicle assessment trainee guide.
|Full 2 Day Session – 16 Hours (1 on 1 Training)||$3000|
|A full day training session is training provided to 1 person at a time. Rather than doing a group training... More – 8 Hours (1 on 1 Training)||$1500|
|A half day training session is training provided to 1 person at a time. A half day training session is... More – 4 Hours (1 on 1 Training)||$750|
✜ 1 on 1 additional training courses will be modified to meet the individual needs of the participant.
Note: The licensing authority’s knowledge test must be successfully completed prior to any on road assessments being undertaken. Also, if you are successful at completing the heavy combination (HC) component of the course and not the multi-combination (MC) component, you will be granted the Heavy Combination (HC) licence only.
Further details relating to course fees can be found on our course fees page. This course does not attract any government subsidies and fees must be fully paid by each applicant or their representative.
Your knowledge doesn’t limit you to one type of vehicle. When undertaking our HC / MC combined Licence training you will learn to operate automatic transmissions
Just choose from a wide array of training formats:
- Full 2 Day Session (16 hours) 1-on-1 training including licence assessment,
- A full day training session is training provided to 1 person at a time. Rather than doing a group training... More (8 hours) 1-on-1 training including licence assessment,
- A half day training session is training provided to 1 person at a time. A half day training session is... More (4 hours) further 1-on-1 training including licence assessment.
Course duration for each applicant will be determined by the driving ability of the applicant. It is recommended that each application starts with a full 2 day course. At the conclusion of this training the assessor will determine the applicant’s skill level and their ability to successfully complete an assessment.
To obtain a Heavy Combination (HC) / Multi Combination (MC) truck licence you must have held an Australian licence to drive a Heavy Rigid vehicle for a period of at least 12 months. If you do not meet this requirement, you will need to seek an exemption from the local roads authority.
While it is not necessary to perform any heavy lifting in the licensing course, anyone considering a career in transport should be aware that most roles for drivers do require an amount of heavy lifting. While this may not be an impediment to completing the training, it may impact the participant’s ability to obtain suitable employment and the conclusion of the training. Prospective students should also consider the physical limitations of the vehicle prior to enrolling. Should you wish to discuss this, please contact your nearest TIDE Training office.
Students must wear enclosed footwear during their course (thongs or sandals will not be acceptable)
To be eligible to enrol you must meet all the following requirements:
- Complete enrolment paperwork in full
- Communication skills at a level to effectively communicate with others
- Paid all appropriate fees
- Undertake a site induction and have the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Meet the minimum time period: hold an Australian car driver licence and a licence to drive a heavy rigid vehicle for at least 12 months (1 year)
- Has satisfied evidence of identity requirements
- Meets medical, eyesight and physical requirements
- Hold a current Australian Drivers’ Licence
- Your licence permit isn’t currently suspended, disqualified cancelled or subject to a Fines Victoria Sanction
All Heavy Combiantion (HC) / Multi Combination (MC) training is undertaken in a classroom environment (both in and out of the vehicle). All on-road training must be undertaken on the road. Off-road training such as coupling/uncoupling, reversing and load securing will be undertaken in an enclosed area so the applicant can comfortably learn the required skills. All assessments must be completed at a TIDE registered office. Workplace training is not applicable to this course.
To obtain a Heavy Combination (HC) / Multi Combination (MC) Licence you will need to complete and be marked competent in each of the below criteria:
- Pre Training eLearning
- Authority Knowledge Test
- Cabin Inspection
- Coupling and uncoupling trailers
- Vehicle Inspection
- Load Restraint
- Reverse Test
- Drive Assessment
Note: The licensing authority’s knowledge test must be successfully completed prior to any on road assessments being undertaken. Also, if you are successful at completing the heavy combination (HC) component of the course and not the multi-combination (MC) component of the course, you will be granted the Heavy Combination (HC) licence only.
What jobs or occupations will use a Multi Combination truck licence?
A number of occupations or job roles find a Multi Combination truck licence to be valuable. The Multi Combination vehicle is the “King of the road”. Multi Combination Vehicles are used in the following scenarios:
- Interstate/Intrastate Long Haul
- Livestock transport
What rights does the applicant have when attending a Multi Combination training course?
Each applicant has the right to learn in a comfortable and non-threatening environment. Each course will provide a trainer that is skilled and proficient in the driving a Multi Combination vehicle. If the course does not meet these expectations, the applicant has the right to make a complaint by using the TIDE Training complaints process.
The applicant also has the right to access their training records at any time. These records can be view by arranging an appointment with the respective site management. These records cannot leave the respective site. The applicant does not have the right to request copies of any recordings of their assessments (as these are the property of VicRoads plans, develops and manages the arterial road network and delivers road safety initiatives and customer focused registration and licensing... More) or recordings of training that involves any other non-TIDE employed individual.
The RTO has an obligation to provide the applicant with training and assessment that is of a high quality and that meets the requirements of the VicRoads plans, develops and manages the arterial road network and delivers road safety initiatives and customer focused registration and licensing... More Heavy Vehicle Provider Agreement.
What obligations does the applicant have when attending a Multi Combination training course?
Each applicant has the obligation to make sure:
- As per our Fee and Refund Policy, payment of a 50% deposit (full payment is preferred) for each session must be made at the time of the booking or before any learning material can be sent out. Session training dates are not confirmed until a deposit or full payment is made. Non payment may cause your training session to be cancelled without further notice.
- All rules and policies relating to the training are understood and adhered to during their training courses.
- All individuals within the training environment are respected.
- All personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn while undertaking the training course.
- For the protection and comfort of others in the training environment, we recommend the use of the English language where possible. It is permissible to use another language to help explain an important item or where the course is designed to run in a language other than English, however, we require English to be used where possible.
Unless a foreign language interpreter has been engaged to translate during the training course, all training and assessments will be conducted in the English language.
If requested, VicRoads plans, develops and manages the arterial road network and delivers road safety initiatives and customer focused registration and licensing... More will provide a foreign language interpreter (at their expense) for both theory and practical (driving) assessments. VicRoads plans, develops and manages the arterial road network and delivers road safety initiatives and customer focused registration and licensing... More will not provide interpreters for training sessions. Under certain circumstances, students may be able to provide an interpreter (at their own expense) to assist during training. Please discuss this with a TIDE Training site as circumstances may vary.