What is a Light Rigid Vehicle?
A Light Rigid Truck is any vehicle or machine — that has a gross vehicle mass (GVM) of more than 4.5 tonnes but not more than 8 tonnes, that could seat more than 12 adults (including the driver) and/or is towing a single trailer of any size that has a GVM of not more than 9 tonnes. Community buses, delivery trucks, small tow trucks, and the usual tradesman trucks are just some of the examples of a light rigid vehicle. These types of vehicles are proven to be the choice in the transport and logistics industry.
What can I get for completing this Light Rigid 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 light rigid vehicles and you will be assessed against Australian national licensing standards outlined by the Australian Skills Quality Authority(ASQA) and VicRoads.
This training is accredited by:
✗ Road and Maritime Services (NSW)
✗ Services SA
Unit of competency
This training meets and is aligned to the TLILIC2014 – Licence to drive a light rigid vehicle unit of competency. Upon full payment of all fees and successful completion of the required training assessments, each participant will be issued a statement of attainment for this unit of competency.
|Full Day – 8 Hours (1 on 1 Training)||$1100|
|Group (up to 2 participants)||$650|
|Full Day – 8 Hours (1 on 1 Training)||$1100|
|Group (up to 2 participants)||$650|
|Half Day – 4 Hours (1 on 1 Training)||$600|
✜ 1 on 1 additional training courses will be modified to meet the individual needs of the participant. Additional training in a group format will be conducted as a standard course
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.
What will Light Rigid Training include?
Each training course will follow the TIDE Light Rigid session plan and will cover skills relating to:
- Pre-drive theories course
- Pre-Drive Vehicle Inspection
- Cabin Drill
- Load Securing
- Road Rules and Directions
- 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 Light Rigid Assessment include?
The assessment will assess the applicant’s ability to perform and execute the above mentioned skills. A Light Rigid assessment has 5 components as defined by the roads authorities and an eLearning pre-course assessments as defined by TIDE Training.
- E-learning pre-course
- Knowledge Assessment **
- Load Securing
- 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. If you are to be assessed in a bus, you will need to demonstrate parking the bus in a kerb (also known as a kerbside stop).
** Note: The pre-drive theory course has been designed to work in conjunction with the eLearning 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.
What sort of Light Rigid truck interests you?
Course OptionsYour knowledge doesn’t limit you to one type of vehicle. You can learn to operate automatic and synchromesh transmissions. Just choose from a wide array of training formats:
- 4-hour blocked 1-on-1 training (half day),
- Full day (8 hours) 1-on-1 training including licence assessment
- Group training (8 hours, up to 2 people training and licence assessments).
Course DurationCourse duration for each applicant will be determined by the driving ability of the applicant. It is recommended that each application start with a full day or group-based course. At the conclusion of this training the assessor will determine the applicant’s skill level and their ability to successfully complete an assessment. Further training via any of the course options will be recommended until the applicant’s skills are at a level that meets the national unit of competency and national licensing standards.
A light rigid truck licence can be split into two categories: a truck licence or a bus licence. To obtain a light rigid truck licence or light rigid bus licence, you must have held an Australian car licence for 12 months or more. 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 need to demonstrate that they are proficient in the use of conversational English and will be required to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment prior to being admitted to the course.
Prior to completing the Light Rigid training course, it is a requirement that the applicant provide TIDE Training with a Unique Student Identifier (USI). The USI is a personal identifier that is used to trace all training for an individual. Further information about the USI can be found on the “Students” section of the USI Website..
Once we can verify the applicant’s USI, all future training that is completed with us will be added to the applicant’s USI transcript. If a valid USI is not presented prior to the completion of the applicants training, the training records will not be added to the applicants USI transcript. Where an applicant believes they do not require a USI as per the USI exemption rules, the relevant evidence for the exemption must be presented at the time of enrolment.
Students must wear enclosed footwear during their course (thongs or sandals will not be acceptable)
EligibilityTo be eligible to enrol you must meet all the following requirements:
- Complete enrolment paperwork in full
- A Unique Student Identifier (USI)
- 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 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 light rigid 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 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 Light Rigid Licence you will need to complete and be marked competent in each of the below criteria:
- Pre Training eLearning
- Authority Knowledge Test
- Cabin Inspection
- Vehicle Inspection
- Load Restraint
- Reverse Test
- Drive Assessment
What jobs or occupations will use a light rigid truck licence?A number of occupations or job roles find a light rigid truck licence to be valuable. Light Rigid Vehicles are used in the following scenarios:
- Community Bus Driver
- Courier/Delivery Driver ○ Furniture Delivery ○ Newspaper Delivery ○ Garden Supply Delivery
- Tow Truck Driver
- Tradesman Truck
What rights does the applicant have when attending a Light Rigid 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 Light Rigid 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) 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 complies with the Standards for RTOs 2015. The RTO also has an obligation to provide the applicant with certification documentation that complies with the standards within 30 days of completion of the training, providing all fees have been paid. In the event your certification documentation is lost or destroyed, you can request a duplicate be issued (refer to our Course Fees page) or you can get access to the records of certification via the USI Portal.
What obligations does the applicant have when attending a Light Rigid training course?
Each applicant has the obligation to make sure:
- All information provided meets with the national training reporting guidelines including providing a Unique Student Identified (USI).
- All fees are paid prior to training commencing.
- 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 will provide a foreign language interpreter (at their expense) for both theory and practical (driving) assessments. VicRoads 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.