Class 4 Truck Licence Courses

Overview – Over 18,000kgs

Do the NZTA approved Class 4 Licence course at AMS Group and cut out the learner licence period of six months.

The Class 4 Licence allows you to drive a vehicle from 18,000kgs or over. This includes trucks that have loads like aggregates, fertiliser and other bulk trucks, concrete mixer trucks, waste, refuse and recycling trucks and much more. Drivers with this class of licence are sort after by many companies and offer plenty of opportunities for a career pathway to heavy vehicle haulage and Class 5 driving.

In our approved course we will include a logbook unit standard (unless you can prove you have sat it with an NZTA approved provider within the last twelve months and we are happy with your current standard), and the Class 4 unit standard 17576 which consists of both theory and practical.

A Class 4 learner licence (4L) must be obtained before the course. There is no theory test for the Class 4 Learners (4L) but you need to meet the criteria.

You also need to:

  • hold a full Class 2 licence for at least six months if under 25, or at least three months if you are 25 or over
  • present a medical certificate (if required) – see notes below

You can apply for your 4L from any NZTA Licensing agent (VTNZ or AA). AMS Group will be take care of the rest.


  • You will need to have held a Class 2 full licence for three months if over 25 (six months if under 25).
  • You will need to provide a driver’s medical*
  • Purchase your own Class 4 Learners (4L).

A driver’s medical expires 60 days from date of issue and is valid for 5 years once lodged with NZTA. If you have lodged a driver’s medical within the last 5 years this is not required. For example if you have recently completed your Class 2 Licence, your medical certificate will still be current. You must provide evidence.


1 – 2 days plus an assessment drive booking time. The number of days required depend on prior training. The assessment drive is usually booked on the Friday, but can be arranged at your convenience. Please refer to the table and the requirements below:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Not Applicable. You must hold your 4L before course starts. No class – use time to study material provided Logbook & Fatigue 24089* Class 4 Licence theory & practice drives 17576 Book a time for a practical assessment. Allow 2 hours.

*If you hold unit standard 24089, it is current and you can provide evidence, you will not be required to attend on this day. This will also reduce the cost as detailed below.


2 Day Course + Assessment Drive

$959.13 + GST ($1103 Incl. GST)

The assessment drive can be booked on the Friday of your licence course, please refer to the table above

1 Day Course + Assessment Drive

$747.83 + GST ($860 Incl. GST)

Note: You must hold unit standard 24089 Logbook and Fatigue (current) to qualify for the 1 day option. The assessment drive can be booked on the Friday of your licence course, please refer to the table above.

Practical Truck Training & Lessons

$160 + GST per hour ($184 per hour incl.. GST).


If you are unable to complete the assessment drive, your trainer will make recommendations on reassessment or additional training requirements. Please note that reassessment fees may apply.

Important Note

Upon completion of the approved Class 4 Licence course you will be given a certificate. You must take this to an NZTA licensing agent (VTNZ or AA) and have it put on your licence.

The certificate is not a valid Class 4 truck licence.

Scheduled Course Locations

Please note that courses are available at a number of AMS Group branch locations, these are listed below. If there are no course locations shown below, courses can be arranged to be delivered at your place of work. Contact us to  find out more about our on-site training options available for this course or enquire below.