Heavy Combination licence (HC)

Find out how to upgrade to a Heavy Combination (HC class) heavy vehicle licence, including what licences you must hold to be eligible to upgrade.

  Heavy Combination (HC class) vehicle licence

Heavy Combination (HC class) heavy vehicle licences allow you to drive:

  • Prime movers with attached single semi-trailer.
  • Heavy Rigid (HR class) vehicles with attached trailer that has a Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) greater than 9,000 kg.

You will also be allowed to tow:

  • One other trailer in addition to any trailer or semi-trailer mentioned above, with a maximum GVM of 9,000 kg.
  • An unladen converter dolly or low loader dolly as defined in the Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014.

For more information, please visit the National Transport Commission's load restraint guide.

In order to gain an HC class licence, you must have held both:

Opens in a new window National Transport Commission (NTC): Load restraint guide (Look for 2nd edition 2004)
Opens in a new window Department of Justice: Road Traffic (Vehicles) Regulations 2014

  Step 1: Learn to drive (HC class)

Once you have been issued your MR or HR class car licence, you can begin to learn to drive HC class combination vehicles.

A learner's permit is not required; however, you must be accompanied by a supervisor who is either:

  • A licensed driving instructor holding an HC or higher class driver's licence, (this includes a driving instructor delivering HC driver training for a DOT authorised Registered Training Organisation), or.
  • An instructor in a youth driver education course holding an HC or higher class driver's licence or.
  • A person who has held a current HC driver's licence for at least 4 years.
  • As a learner driver, you must also display 'L' plates and comply with any other conditions as required.

HC candidates, using a Registered Training Organisation

If you meet the eligibility criterion and pass an eye test, you can train for a HC licence with an authorised RTO. If you choose to do so you will be required to complete the following training modules applicable to the HC class of licence you require:

  • TLIC3005A Drive heavy combination

You will receive a Certificate/Statement of Attainment when you have successfully completed the training and the RTO will then conduct a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) on behalf of DVS. If you successfully complete your PDA the RTO will provide you with a Certificate of Competency for your particular class of licence.

Alternatively you can apply to sit a PDA at any DVS Centre or regional agent by following the steps below.

Please note that until you have presented your Certificate/Statement of Attainment, Eye Test form and Certificate of Competency at a DVS centre or regional agent and your licence record has been endorsed with the new class you will not be entitled to drive a vehicle of class HC. A processing fee is charged for this service.

As a learner driver, you must also display 'L' plates and comply with any other conditions as required.

Visit the Learn to drive/ride page for more information on what rules you are subject to as a novice rider.

Please download the printable L-plates.

LBU_DL_I_Lplatelearner.pdf icon L plates: yellow (printable) Kb

  Step 2: Complete an application (Form DLA1)

If you meet the above eligibility criteria, you can apply to upgrade your licence to an HC class.

Please download and complete the form.

LBU_F_DL_DLA_1_DriversLicenceApplication.pdf icon Driver's licence application (Form DLA1) Kb

  Step 3: Provide proof of identity

You will be required to submit sufficient proof of your identify for the application.

Please go to Proof of identity for more information.

  Step 4: Submit the application in person (Form DLA1)

Applications for a Western Australian driver's licence must be submitted in person at a Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional agent.

You will need to provide:

  • Completed vehicle licence application form DLA1.
  • Proof of identity documents.
  • Required fees.

Note:

Applications cannot be submitted by post.

LBU_F_DL_DLA_1_DriversLicenceApplication.pdf icon Driver's licence application (Form DLA1) Kb

  Step 5: Undertake an eyesight test: Heavy Combination (HC class)

All applicants will be required to take an eye test when applying for a driver's licence.

This will be conducted at the Driver and Vehicle Services centre or regional agent when you apply for your licence. If you need any visual aids to pass the eyesight test, your licence will be endorsed to show that you must wear those aids when driving.

  Step 6: Pass the Practical Driving Assessment: Heavy Combination (HC class)

Before your licence can be issued, you will need to take a Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) in a HC class vehicle.

Visit the Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) page for information on booking your PDA and what you need on the day.

If you are being trained and assessed via a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), refer to the section on booking your training and assessment with a Registered Training Organisation (HR, HC and MC classes) below.

What happens if I fail the practical driving assessment I sit with DoT?

If you fail the practical driving assessment, you will need to retake the assessment after a minimum of seven calendar days.

This will allow you more time to improve your practical driving skills and therefore achieve the required driving standard.

You will be required to pay another practical assessment fee.

Note: There are no exemptions to this waiting period.

What happens when I pass the practical driving assessment I sit with DoT?

Once you have passed your practical assessment, your licence record will be updated to show that you are now authorised to drive HC class heavy vehicles.

A new driver's licence card will only be issued when you renew your current licence. You may wish to order a replacement licence that will reflect your updated vehicle class.

Using a Registered Training Organisation

Until you have presented your Statement of Attainment, Eye Test form and Certificate of Competency at a DVS centre or regional agent and your licence record has been endorsed with the new class, you will not be entitled to drive a vehicle of class HC. A processing fee is charged by DoT to endorse your licence record.

LBU_F_VL_DL68_DrivingAssessHeavyComb.pdf icon Information on Practical Driving Assessment for the authorisation to drive: Heavy Combination (HC class) vehicle (Fact sheet DL68) Kb

  Book training and assessment with a Registered Training Organisation (HR, HC and MC classes)

Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) has appointed authorised Registered Training Organisations (RTO) to deliver heavy vehicle Practical Driving Assessments (PDA) for classes;

  • Heavy Rigid (HR class).
  • Heavy Combination (HC class).
  • Multi Combination (MC class).

Customers may choose to sit their PDA for HR and HC vehicle classes with a DoT driving assessor or one of the external authorised providers. Multi Combination (MC class) driver training and assessment are fully outsourced to the private sector.

Please contact your preferred training provider to book your PDA.

Note:

  • Fastas Fire & Safety Training Assessment Services is Markey Holdings.
  • L N Price and Partners ATF is L N Price and Partners, Busselton Advanced Training.
  • Grace Resources Pty Ltd is trading as: Keen Bros Geraldton.

Heavy vehicle licence: HC and MC class fees

Multi Combination (MC class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) restriction removal: Suitable Heavy Rigid (HR class) vehicles can also be used to demonstrate gearbox skills for the removal of A (automatic) and B (synchromesh) class restrictions from Heavy Combination (HC class) and Multi Combination (MC class) vehicles. The class restriction removal fee is applied when this option is used.
Fee type Fee
Multi Combination (MC class) assessment by authorised providers
MC driver's licence class application $47.35
MC driver's licence class restriction removal $47.35
Heavy Combination: (HC class) assessment by the Department of Transport/Police
HC driver's licence class application $229.95
HC driver's licence class application: no driving test (e.g. transfer of class) $47.35
HC driver's licence supplementary Practical Driving Assessment (PDA) $219.40
HC driver's licence class restriction removal $219.40
Heavy Rigid (HR class) and Heavy Combination (HC class) assessment by authorised providers
HR/HC driver's licence class application $47.35
HR/HC driver's licence class restriction removal $47.35
Service Type Suburb Business Name Phone number Phone number (secondary) Fax Pre-booking required Business Hours Email Street address Postal address Business Type Vehicle type Comments
Registered training organisation Albany Australian Training Management: Heavy Vehicle Training (RTO) (08) 9847 4164 No Please call for details. Lot 5 Chesterpass Road, Albany WA 6330 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only.
Registered training organisation Busselton Busselton Advanced Driver Training (RTO) (08) 9752 4255 No Please call for details. bookings@badt.com.au 66 Strelly Street, Busselton WA 6280 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only. ATF: L N Price and Partners, Busselton Advanced Training.
Registered training organisation Davenport Keens Truck Driver Training Bunbury (RTO) (08) 9726 0530 No Please call for details. keenboys@westnet.com.au 37 Halifax Drive, Davenport WA 6230 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only.
Registered training organisation Esperance Esperance Training and Assessment (RTO) 0409 772 694 No Please call for details. 19 Gunton Circle, Shoresands Estate, Esperance WA 6450 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only.
Registered training organisation Geraldton Keen Bros (RTO) (08) 9923 1088 No Please call for details. keengeraldton@westnet.com.au 39 Bradford Street, Geraldton WA 6530 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only. Trading as: Keen Bros Geraldton.
Registered training organisation Joondalup RMS Training and Recruitment (RTO) (08) 9400 7500 No Please call for details. rmsrto@rmstraining.com.au 10 Franklin Lane, Joondalup WA 6027 Authorised Agency HR vehicle class only.
Registered training organisation Karratha Daysafe Training (RTO) (08) 9144 1170 No Please call for details. Lot 2499 Coolawanyah Road, Karratha WA 6714 Authorised Agency
Registered training organisation Kenwick Miro Training Centre (RTO) (08) 9459 5666 No Please call for details. enquiries@mirotraining.com.au Unit 2, 8 Royal Street, Kenwick WA 6107 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only.
Registered training organisation Kununurra Australian Training Management: Troy's Truckwise (RTO) (08) 9274 1277 No Please call for details. troys.truckwise@gmail.com 131 Coolibah Drive, Kununurra WA 6743 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only.
Registered training organisation Maddington Keen Bros (WA) Pty Ltd (RTO) (08) 9493 5151 No Please call for details. keenbros@westnet.com.au 27 Stebbing Road, Maddington WA 6109 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only.
Registered training organisation Maddington Wrightway Road Training Pty Ltd (RTO) (08) 9459 9680 No Please call for details. admin@wrt.com.au 12 Jade Street, Maddington WA 6109 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only.
Registered training organisation Malaga Ray Makene's Driving School (RTO) 1300 881 474 No Please call for details. mtts@bigpond.net.au 277-283 Victoria Road, Malaga WA 6090 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only.
Registered training organisation Picton CMT Transport Trainers (RTO) (08) 9725 7876 No Please call for details. info@cmttransport.com.au 10 Coleman Turn, Picton WA 6229 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only.
Registered training organisation Balcatta Deltawest Training (RTO) (08) 6180 8065 No Please call for details. info@deltawest.com.au Unit 3, 34 Mumford Place, Balcatta WA 6021 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only.
Registered training organisation The Lakes Fastas Fire & Safety Training Assessment Services (RTO) (08) 9572 6190 No Please call for details. admin@fastastraining.com Lot 507 Great Eastern Highway, The Lakes WA 6556 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only. Markey Holdings.
Registered training organisation Wangara Western Roadtrain (RTO) 0414 688 538 No Please call for details. 239 Gnagara Road, Wangara WA 6065 Authorised Agency HR, HC and MC vehicle classes only.
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  Book a PDA with the Department of Transport (HC class)

HC class Practical Driving Assessment bookings may be made:

You are encouraged to make your booking as early as possible as this will increase your chance of getting a preferred assessment date and time.

Note:

  Heavy vehicle competency standard

The vehicle competency standards aim to produce safer drivers and underpin the driver training and licensing system in Western Australia.

The heavy vehicle standards are used by assessors to determine if learner drivers are competent in operating heavy vehicles. It is not a set of competencies for learner drivers, but should be used as a guide for driving instructors.

Please download the standard.

LBU_DL_CS_HeavyVehicleDrivers.pdf icon Heavy vehicle competency standard Kb

  National Driver Work Diary

For interstate bus and truck drivers only

Do you travel outside Western Australia or the Northern Territory?

In 2014 the Heavy Vehicle National Law introduced new nationally consistent Heavy Vehicle Driver Fatigue laws in all Australian Jurisdictions (with the exception of WA and the NT where the Heavy Vehicle National Law has not been adopted).

The Heavy Vehicle (Fatigue Management) National Regulation sets work and rest limits for heavy vehicle drivers and requires better management of driver fatigue. If you drive a fatigue regulated heavy vehicle or heavy vehicle combination with a gross vehicle mass over 12,000 kg or a bus with more than 12 adult seats including the driver's, and drive to or though South Australia or any Australian jurisdiction (excluding WA and NT) these laws apply to you. The drivers' work/rest details must be recorded in the National Driver Work Diary.

You must fill in a Work Diary unless your journey is within a radius of 100 kilometres from the place of business from which your vehicle normally operates.

Note: If the driver base is not recorded, the driver base will be taken to be the garaged address of the regulated heavy vehicle.

To assist drivers travelling outside of Western Australia and the Northern Territory an arrangement has been made for the work diaries to be issued at a number of Western Australian Driver and Vehicle Services Centres.

Where to obtain a National Driver Work Diary

You can obtain the National Driver Work Diary, upon personal attendance, with your valid driver's licence and payment of the required fee, from:

National driver work diary fee

Fee type Fee
National driver work diary $25.00
Service Type Suburb Business Name Phone number Phone number (secondary) Fax Pre-booking required Business Hours Email Street address Postal address Business Type Vehicle type Comments
DoT licensing services location Albany Department of Transport Centre Albany (Licensing services) 13 11 56 No Monday to Friday 8:15 am until 4:30 pm. CTT and HPT must commence before 3:45 pm. (excludes public holidays) 178 Stirling Terrace, Albany WA 6330 Department of Transport
DoT licensing services location Broome Department of Transport Centre Broome (Licensing services) 13 11 56 No Monday to Friday 8:15 am until 4:30 pm. CTT and HPT must commence before 3:45 pm. (excludes public holidays) 9 Old Kennedy Store, Napier Terrace, Broome WA 6725 Department of Transport
DoT licensing services location Bunbury Department of Transport Centre Bunbury (Licensing services) 13 11 56 No Monday to Friday 8:15 am until 4:30 pm. CTT and HPT must commence before 3:45 pm. (excludes public holidays) 24 Wellington Street, Bunbury WA 6230 Department of Transport
DoT licensing services location Cannington Driver and Vehicle Services Centre Cannington (Licensing services) 13 11 56 No Monday to Friday 8:15 am until 4:30 pm. CTT and HPT must commence before 3:45 pm. (excludes public holidays) 1480 Albany Highway (entrance via William Street), Cannington WA 6107 Department of Transport
DoT licensing services location Geraldton Department of Transport Centre Geraldton (Licensing services) 13 11 56 No Monday to Friday 8:15 am until 4:30 pm. CTT and HPT must commence before 3:45 pm. (excludes public holidays) 65 Chapman Road, Geraldton WA 6530 Department of Transport
DoT licensing services location Kalgoorlie Department of Transport Centre Kalgoorlie (Licensing services) 13 11 56 No Monday to Friday 8:15 am until 4:30 pm. CTT and HPT must commence before 3:45 pm. (excludes public holidays) 35 Brookman Street, Kalgoorlie WA 6430 Department of Transport
DoT licensing services location Karratha Department of Transport Centre Karratha (Licensing services) 13 11 56 No Monday to Friday 8:15 am until 4:30 pm. CTT and HPT must commence before 3:45 pm. (excludes public holidays) 20 Sharpe Avenue, Karratha WA 6714 Department of Transport
DoT licensing services location Kununurra Department of Transport Centre Kununurra (Licensing services) 13 11 56 No Monday to Friday 9:00am until 3:30pm. CTT and HPT must commence before 2:45pm. Driving assessments by appointment only. (excludes public holidays) Messmate Way, Kununurra WA 6743 Department of Transport

 

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