Heavy Vehicle Driver
Apprenticeship and traineeship details
Please refer to the Declaration Policy for the requirements relating to apprenticeships and traineeships.
Please refer to the Norfolk Island Policy for apprenticeships and traineeships on Norfolk Island.
This is a qualification for those engaged in driving operational job roles within the transport and logistics industry.
Job roles and titles vary across different sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:
- truck driver
- line haul driver
- tip truck driver
Australian Standard Classification of Occupations:
HEAVY TRUCK DRIVER
This is a Restricted calling (Restricted calling information)
- Casual NOT PERMITTED in Queensland
Minimum of 15 hours per week over each 4 week period throughout duration of apprenticeship/traineeship.
Other requirements for school-based:
Not permitted for school-based apprentices.
Apprenticeship Probation/Duration Details:
All apprenticeships have a nominal term - this is the timeframe that is on the Apprenticeship training contract. Some apprenticeships also have an Expected Duration. The Expected Duration is the amount of time that it's reasonably expected someone could become competent and complete their Apprenticeship. Apprentice's Training Plans are developed using the Expected Duration timeframe rather than the contract's nominal term.
|Mode||Start Date||End Date||Probation Period (days)||Nominal Term (months)||Expected Duration (months)|
Minimum education standard:
Minimum entry age:
20. Prospective apprentices will need to have obtained their Queensland open drivers licence before commencement. A person must be 20 years old to be eligible to apply for an open drivers licence.
As a general rule, only Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport have unrestricted rights to employment in Australia.
Visa holders may engage in apprenticeships or traineeships provided their work rights allows this, based on information and advice provided by the Australian Government.
Please refer to the Declaration policy, table 15 for the requirements on supervision.
Modified supervision arrangements available: YES
Adequate Training Arrangements - Certificate III in Driving Operations Employers are required to provide, or arrange to provide the facilities, range of work, supervision and training as detailed in the training plan.
Qualified person for apprenticeships
1. A person who has satisfactorily completed an apprenticeship in the apprentice's calling in Australia, and is the holder of a completion certificate issued under an Act, or
2. A person who holds a certificate of recognition issued under an Australian Act, certifying the person has the necessary skills and knowledge in the calling, or
3. An Australian tradesperson in the apprentice's calling, as defined under a specific industrial instrument, or
4. A New Zealand tradesperson in the apprentice's calling who's occupation may be recognised under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (Queensland) Act 2003, or
5. A person who holds a relevant qualification in the apprenticeship calling, or
6. A person individually, or persons collectively, who has/have documented competence (i.e. a testamur/qualification and associated record of results or a statement of attainment as recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, achieved through an RPL or training pathway) in all the competencies the employer is required to provide training for under the apprentice's training plan.
And, where a worker is required to have a licence to practice the calling/occupation, the qualified person holds a current workers licence.
While there is no set ratio required for the number of supervisors to apprentices or trainees it is generally accepted for apprenticeships there is one supervisor to each apprentice, this may be relaxed as an apprentice gains skills and experience or where an apprentice commences with existing skills and experience.
Adequate supervision of apprentices and trainees cannot solely be provided from an offsite location by electronic means. Electronic means include, but are not limited to, telephones, radios and webcams.
The level of supervision will normally range between direct, general and broad as per the below guidelines:
- Direct - Close monitoring of work ensuring understanding and identifying potential risks and/or hazards
- General - Occasional monitoring to ensure progress is occurring
- Broad - Quality checking of completed tasks.
Licensing requirements -
The prospective apprentices must hold a Queensland open drivers licence.
Age restrictions apply to the obtainment of a heavy vehicle licence. A worker will need to have held their open licence for a minimum of 1 year to apply for a Light or Medium licence, or have held their open licence for a minimum of 2 years to apply for a Heavy Rigid licence. Apprentices do not have to complete a licencing unit as part of the qualification. They may already hold a heavy vehicle licence before commencing the apprenticeship. If they do not already hold a heavy vehicle licence, they will need to attain this during the apprenticeship period by competing one of the included licencing units of competency, in order to complete the core unit of competency TLIC1051 - Operate commercial vehicle, relevant licencing age restriction will apply.
Qld declaration date:
Registered training organisations must refer to the Australian Skills Quality Authority General direction: Transition & teach-out for transition and teach-out arrangements on superseded Training Packages and accredited courses.
Supervising registered training organisations are required to ensure the training plan aligns with the most recent qualification.
This qualification is superseded by TLI31222 - Certificate III in Driving Operations. Training and/or assessment to apprentices in TLI31221 CANNOT be conducted past 25 July 2023. Should training and/or assessment be required after 25 July 2023, apprentices MUST commence in, or be transitioned to TLI31222 (Apprenticeship).
When determining whether to register an apprentice/trainee in the superseded qualification or the new qualification, AASN providers and employers must ensure that where possible the latest training package qualification on the national register is delivered to apprentices and trainees. SRTO's must ensure they adhere to ASQA's General Direction - Learner Transition requirements. Dates supplied are for registration and amendment purposes only for training contracts maintained under the FET Act 2014.
Certificate III in Driving Operations
Click here for more details
TLI - Transport and Logistics Training Package - TLI
Queensland User Choice program funding details
The Queensland User Choice program funds Skills Assure suppliers (RTOs) for the provision
of services to eligible apprentices and trainees.
For more information, please visit User Choice in Queensland.
Funded under the User Choice Program:
Full Price - Priority Population Groups:
Queensland Government Contribution - All Other Students including SATs:
Number of funded units of competency:
- Existing Workers with an active registration number commencement date from 1 January 2017 are eligible for funding under the User Choice program for Priority 1, 2 and 3 qualifications
- Full Price is only applicable to priority population groups
- Queensland Government Contribution is applicable to all other students
- Queensland Government Contribution may be the same as Full Price, depending on qualification priority and thin market status
Funding not available for new commencements from:
User Choice Training Catalogue Item:
DELTA Qualification ID:
Industry training group:
Transport & Distribution - Road
Industrial relations details
Since 1 January 2010, all private sector employers and employees in Queensland, including apprentices and trainees,
have their wages and conditions of employment covered by the Fair Work Act 2009 and modern awards. This legislation
is administered by the Commonwealth Government Fair Work Ombudsman's office.
Apprentices and trainees are considered employees and may receive entitlements the same as other employees such as: annual leave, sick leave, public holidays, superannuation, workers compensation and allowances. Apprentices and trainees must also receive a pay slip to cover full details of the pay for each pay period. Pay slips have to be given to an employee (including apprentices and trainees) within 1 working day of pay day and be either in electronic form or paper hard copy.
Parties should make enquiries with the Fair Work Ombudsman on Ph: 13 13 94 or at http://www.fairwork.gov.au to determine the correct industrial instrument and entitlements.
When employment is ceasing the employer or the employee (apprentice/trainee) must provide the appropriate notice periods as per the relevant award or registered workplace agreement. A notice period is the length of time that an employer or employee (apprentice/trainee) has to give to end employment. Additional information about notice periods can be found at: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/ending-employment/notice-and-final-pay.
Unfair dismissal is when an employee (apprentice/trainee) is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner. Additional information about unfair dismissal can be found at: http://www.fairwork.gov.au/ending-employment/unfair-dismissal.
Public sector and local government workers in Queensland remain under the state industrial relations system. Additional information about wages and conditions of employment for employees (apprentices/trainees employed by state or local government) can be found at: https://www.forgov.qld.gov.au/working-in-the-public-service/directives-awards-and-legislation/pay-awards-and-agreements.