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Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL | Te Pūkenga is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.
From 2023, UCOL | Te Pūkenga and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga. So, if you join UCOL in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.
This programme consists of 90 credits. The courses include:
Introductory Skills (20 Credits)
Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies to comply with commercial road transport rules and regulations and manage their driving performance to ensure the safety of self and others. After this course, you will be able to:
- Operate a heavy vehicle in a safe and legal manner.
- Apply risk reduction techniques and strategies whilst driving.
- Explain the symptoms and management of health factors relating to driving performance.
- Manage and perform driver responsibilities and obligations for work time, driver fatigue, and logbook requirements.
Industry Skills (20 Credits)
Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies related to legal and responsible driving and the application of basic industry practices. After this course, you will be able to:
- Accurately complete documentation required to comply with legal requirements for transporting goods by road.
- Conduct risk assessment and apply hazard identification procedures to meet industry requirements.
- Explain the effects of dynamics on a heavy vehicle.
Vehicle Technology (15 Credits)
Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies to operate a range of technological innovations on a heavy combination or rigid vehicle. After this course, you will be able to:
- Describe a range of innovations and technologies that apply to heavy vehicles.
- Use a range of technological systems used on heavy vehicles.
- Describe heavy vehicle mechanical and electrical principles and systems.
- Carry out essential checks.
- Explain and demonstrate safe and fuel-efficient driving skills required for a heavy vehicle.
Professional Operator Skills (15 Credits)
Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and competence to perform professionally in workplace contexts. After this course, you will be able to:
- Communicate effectively with customers, clients, and colleagues.
- Demonstrate professionalism to contribute to operational objectives.
- Initiate procedures in response to emergency situations and hazardous conditions.
- Provide comprehensive first aid.
Specialist Driving Skills (20 Credits)
Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies to operate a heavy vehicle and forklift in a safe and legal manner. After this course, you will be able to:
- Describe skills and knowledge for safely operating a forklift on the road.
- Safely operate a forklift, complying with standards, procedures, rules, and codes.
- Operate a heavy vehicle over 18,000 kilograms in a safe and legal manner.