F.A.Q’s

Truck FAQ’s

Q: Is DDT a registered training organisation?

A: DDT Industries is not itself an RTO, but since the very beginning has partnered with DT Education (RTO Number 30634). Certificates are issued by DT Education. This means completed paperwork and personal information are not kept on site at DDT Industries. All paperwork is audited, and then sent to DT Education. Once received the paperwork is audited again and kept by DT Education for the required time period.


Q: What am I allowed to drive on an mc licence?

A: MC means Multiple Combination. This is the highest Heavy Vehicle licence and enables you to drive all LR, MR, HR and HC vehicles, as well as all MC-class vehicles, including B-Doubles, Road Trains and Triples.


Q: DDT uses an automatic truck for MC assessment – will this affect my licence class?

A: No. You do not need to be assessed for your gearbox for every upgrade. If you currently hold an unrestricted HR or HC, you have already been assessed for that gearbox, so we use an automatic truck to help you focus on what’s important: towing the extra trailers. Every Constantmesh-geared truck feels and drives different, so why should you have to pay more just to learn how to handle a training school’s specific vehicle? If you currently hold only an automatic or Synchromesh condition on your licence, this will remain on your MC licence. If you wish to remove this restriction during your MC course, talk to our assessors beforehand so we may arrange a Constantmesh vehicle for you on the day.


Q: Can I still go from HR to MC in qld?

A: Yes. Currently in QLD you may still upgrade from HR to MC in one go, but you must also be assessed for your HC first.These two assessments can be conducted on the same day, as long as you provide proof of current experience driving. Proof of experience for driving HR/HC/MC can be log book pages, letters from employers, and similar Australian or overseas certificates and qualifications. Your experience will be assessed by our trainers and any other necessary training can be conducted by DDT Industries before assessment to make sure you have the best chance at passing.


Q: What is the highest licence I can upgrade to, from a car licence?

A: Class HR. This can be done in either an Automatic truck, a Synchro truck or a constant-mesh truck. Talk to one of our consultants to see which option would be best for you.

For Auto, we use a 2008 Mercedes Actross prime mover with attachable tray and fully automatic gearbox for training and assessment. This means you must currently hold a Class C or higher (2nd year of green P-Plates) manual car licence to obtain your manual truck licence. Holding a manual car licence and conducting your assessment in an automatic truck will give you a Condition B HR licence, allowing you to drive all automatics and all Synchromesh (the majority of HR truck in use) geared trucks. You are not permitted to drive a non-Synchromesh (Road Ranger) geared truck on this licence.


Q: What is the difference between a constantmesh and synchromesh gearbox?

A: The Constantmesh or non-Synchromesh (Road Ranger) gearbox is found in older-model vehicles. Operators with older fleets will require their drivers to have Road Ranger experience. This gearbox requires ‘double-clutching’ or ‘double-shuffling’ to make gear changes. The Synchromesh gearbox is found in newer-model vehicles (late 90s and newer). This gearbox is similar to driving a manual car and only requires a single clutch movement to go from one gear to another. Synchromesh upgrades will result in a ‘Condition B’ restriction being put on your licence. If the vehicle you are planning to drive is less than 10-12 years old it is unlikely that you will need a Constantmesh upgrade – a Synchromesh upgrade should suffice.


Q: How can I remove a b restriction from my class HR/HC licence?

A: There are two options available.1. Apply for and sit a ‘Short Manual Driving Test’ with the QLD Department of Transport where you will be tested on your ability to control the vehicle using a Constantmesh gearbox.2. Wait 12 months and upgrade to the next licence class using a Constantmesh vehicle. If you choose to upgrade to MC it would be a private assessment with DDT Industries rather than at the Department of Transport. This is a less confronting mode of assessment.


Q: I am interested in going to work in the mining industry. What class of licence do I need to hold?

A: Most employers in the Mining Industry will require you to hold an HR driving licence. Some mines do require an unrestricted licence, but since the majority of mines use very current equipment, Condition B licences are usually enough.


Q: Can DDT industries upgrade me to an unrestricted HR or HC licence?

A: Yes, DDT Industries can upgrade you to an unrestricted HR by either having you re-tested at the department of transport, in a Constantmesh HR. The vehicle used for this is a prime mover with a specially designed attachable tray for use with the Department of Transport. Alternatively, if you have already held your HR for 12 months or longer you may be eligible to upgrade your licence again to Heavy Combination (open) or Multiple Combination (open). Multiple Combinations courses can be completed privately through DDT Industries by a private competency based assessment. This is a less confronting mode of assessment.


Q: I have an overseas heavy vehicle driving licence. Can I drive a truck in Australia?

A: Not without an upgrade. Your overseas driving licence will only entitle you to drive a Class C (car) or HR licence, depending on its current class.There are however some exceptions – one example is a New Zealand Heavy Vehicle driver’s licence, which may be exchanged for a NSW truck licence at any Motor Registry. In QLD it seems to depend on the individual case of each applicant.However, if exchanging an overseas HC or MC licence they tend to give you only HR, but there is no waiting period before you can upgrade again to HC/MC. This can be done straight away with DDT Industries.


Q: I already hold a class mr licence. What is the highest licence that I can upgrade to?

A: If you have held your MR licence for at least 12 months, then you may upgrade to a Class HC Constantmesh or Synchromesh, both available with DDT Industries.


Q: I am on my red p-plates, what is the highest licence that I can upgrade to?

A: None. Red P-Plate holders are NOT allowed to upgrade to any licence class. You must wait until you hold a Class C licence (2nd year of green P-Plates) or higher.


Q: I am on my green p-plates. What is the highest licence that I can upgrade to?

A: First year of greens = MR. Second year = HR.


Q: Can I use my own truck to upgrade my licence?

A: Yes, however the truck must be legally compliant. This includes tyres, rego, lights and wipers, and it must have an approved tray capable of demonstrating load restraints combining rails and tie-down points to comply.


Q: If I have already started a training course with another driving school, can I change to DDT to complete my course?

A: Yes, under QLD guidelines you may change driving schools or assessors at any time – that choice is entirely up to you.


Q: If I have already started a training course with another driving school, can I change to DDT to complete my course?

A: Yes, under QLD guidelines you may change driving schools or assessors at any time – that choice is entirely up to you.


Q: If I have already started a course using a constantmesh vehicle, can I change to a synchromesh vehicle to complete my course?

A: Yes, you may change gearbox type anytime. But remember that if you complete your course in a Synchromesh vehicle, you will be issued with a B Restriction on your licence, which covers most but not all HR vehicles currently used in the industry.


Q: I want to upgrade my licence but I work Monday to Friday. Can you help?

A: Yes, DDT Industries operates 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday. Our office hours are 7am – 4.30pm.


Q: I don’t want to take too much time off work to upgrade my licence. What can I do?

A: DDT Industries runs one-day MC courses and offers flexible training times for HR/HC/MC to suit each individual’s time frames. We run our MC courses on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday each week, however if this is not suitable for you, we may be able to make other arrangements.


Q: I live too far away from DDT to make frequent trips, but I would still like to obtain my HR through you. How can I do this?

A: If you live too far to conduct frequent lessons, try our Express HR course. Once you have answered the 10 questions with the Department of Transport, we will simply organise your assessment date for the latest possible afternoon appointment and conduct a full day of training to ensure you are ready before your assessment. This means it will only take one day and one trip there and back. See our HR courses page for pricing.

Machine FAQ’s

Q: I live too far away from DDT to make frequent trips, but I would still like to obtain my HR through you. How can I do this?

A: If you live too far to conduct frequent lessons, try our Express HR course. Once you have answered the 10 questions with the Department of Transport, we will simply organise your assessment date for the latest possible afternoon appointment and conduct a full day of training to ensure you are ready before your assessment. This means it will only take one day and one trip there and back. See our HR courses page for pricing.


Q: Is my old paper Forklift or Order Picker Licence Still Legal?

A: No.


Q: Do I need to give 3 days notice to do my forklift assessment?

A: Yes, all Registered Training Organisations conducting Forklift, Order Picker (or any other high risk work assessment) need to provide WHSQ with a minimum of 3 business days notification period for any assessments – there is no way around this for any trainee. The reason for this system is to allow WHSQ to allocate inspectors to audit the delivery of the assessments.


Q: What is with these changes to Earthmoving Licences?

A: As of 1st January 2012, all of the earthmoving occupations were de-regulated i.e. do not require a licence to operate. This equipment includes backhoes, front end loaders, excavators, rollers, skid steer loaders, dozers, graders and scrapers. What does an employer or student have to do now to prove competency? Trainees that complete a course at DDT will be issued with a statement of completion and “competency card” to demonstrate to an employer that a course of training has been done for a specified machine. This is the way that machinery training and assessment will be conducted from this day forward.


Q: Can I still operate a Forklift on my old Paper Licence?

A: The deadline for people who still hold old paper style certificates to make a fresh application for a new licence using their old paper certificate(s) as evidence of competence closed in December 2011. Any paper licence holders who need to operate a forklift or order picker in the workplace will need to undertake further training to bring them up to current Australian standards plus knowledge of Legislation and Regulations. They will need to undertake re-assessment and make a fresh application for a Licence at a Queensland branch of Australia Post. Talk to us about an RPL course (Recognised Prior Learning).


Q: Can I still operate an Excavator on my old Paper Licence?

A: Determining the competency of earthmoving operators will remain the obligation of the employer (person conducting a business or undertaking) and as such it will be up to each PCBU to decide if that particular licence / card paper certificate will be accepted to assist in evidencing competency. The PCBU will still have an obligation to ensure the worker has received training on the specific plant and particular job. Some employers may accept your old paper licence, others may not – you may have to bring your existing qualification through to currency. There are huge penalties for PCBU’s that do not provide adequate training and instruction to their workers.


Q: Does a backhoe cover me for a front end loader?

A: Under the previous Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008, the answer was no, they were classed as 2 separate machines and 2 separate competencies. If you held a backhoe licence you could legally operate the GP bucket and the hoe on that machine. However, If you were then asked to operate a front end loader – you would not be legally allowed to do so. Under the current Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 and 2011 Workplace Regulations – it is down to the employer to ensure a worker has the adequate training and instruction on any machine they are being asked to operate. However, even under current legislation there are separate units of competency for these machines. Ask us for details.


Q: How big does my earthmoving machine need to be for a practical assessment?

A: Can be any size. Under current Workplace Health and Safety Regulations, the size and the capacity of the machine are not relevant to assessment. Anyone operating any type of earthmoving machinery needs to be competent. This is not the same as in the previous 2008 Workplace Health and Safety Legislation where if a machine that was smaller than 2 litre the operator did not legally require a licence.


Q: If I have over 40 hours in a logbook already can I just take the test only?

A: Depends.
If you have already done your theory training beforehand and have the necessary paperwork issued by a RTO or an employer then the answer is Yes, we should be able to progress you through to your practical exam and finalisation of assessment.
If you have 40 hours logged in a logbook where no theory or formal training was done before you started recording hours in that logbook the answer is a definite No.
Note: In July 2008 it passed into The Workplace Health and Safety Regulations that the theory training MUST be done before any logbook hours (work based practical) training can take place. All new logbooks available in the marketplace today allow for this to happen.
In legal terms, hours recorded in a logbook where no theory session has been delivered first are classed as “illegally trained hours”, and any trainees using this old system and still recording hours in a logbook are actually operating illegally and need to take steps to rectify the situation.
Trainees have 2 options in this situation, either start again with a 2 stage training course or enrol for a 3 day course with the possibility of an early assessment.


Q: Is my New Zealand Forklift Licence valid for work in Australia?

A: No, you need to “cross your licence over” to an Australian Licence, you can contact Workplace Health and Safety Queensland 1300 369 915 to see if you qualify for an automatic transfer. However, in our experience Licences that can be swapped straight over are in the minority. Most New Zealand Forklift Licence holders have to undertake some gap training and re-certification.


Q: Does the Skid Steer Assessment (formerly Licence) cover me for a Drott?

A: Yes


Q: Does the Skid Steer Assessment (formerly Licence) cover me for a Dozer?

A: No, because a dozer doesn’t load, it just pushes. LZ is the licence category for Dozer


Q: Is my forklift / order picker licence a national licence?

A: It is a Qld issued licence recognised nationally – renewable every 5 years.


Q: Does my Rollers, Tracks and Wheels cover me for machinery in Australia?

A: No, the RTW is only an endorsement onto a NZ driving licence to drive a piece of machinery on the road. It does not cover any sort of operation of the machinery in the area of load shifting, which is what the competencies and old licences are based upon in Australia.
If you have a certificate for any training you have done on a particular machine, you will need to put forward a recognised prior learning application form for consideration. We would then be able to look at that and see if anything could be done where we could organise a 1 day gap training course for you to bring your qualification through to the Australian Standard. If you only hold the RTW endorsement we can either undertake a 2 stage course done in conjunction with an employer if you currently have one, or a 3 to 5 day course with a view to an early assessment.


Q: What do I need to drive a Piece of earth moving equipment on the road?

A: When driving a forklift or an earthmoving machine on the road, the machine needs to be either road registered or a permit (or exemption) obtained to allow the machine to be on a road. Plus an operator needs a the relevant machinery Licence (competency card) PLUS the right class of “vehicle” licence. A car licence allows for a weight of up to 4.5 tonne (GVM) to be driven on a public road. For any Forklift/ Earthmoving Machine that is over 4.5 tonne Gross Vehicle Mass being driven on the road, the machine needs to be road registered and the operators using it need to have either a truck licence (up to the relevant weight) which would cover them, or in Queensland, a UD Licence. This UD stands for Undefined and it is the Licence Class that permits an operator to drive a tractor, forklift, front end loader etc on the road. However, with the introduction in the near future of the competency based training system for heavy vehicles, it is anticipated that the class of UD licence will disappear as it is only available in Qld and will therefore not fit into a National system. We would advise obtaining the right class of heavy vehicle licence from the outset and avoid any chance of future non-compliance. Please contact us for more details.


Q: What do I do if I missed the 60 day lodgement deadline for my Forklift Licence??

A: If we trained you …. Under Workplace Health and Safety Legislation we still have regulations to follow and a responsibility to make sure that you are still current and competent on a machine. If we trained and assessed you then we will obviously know what was covered in our own course. Therefore, if you only missed the deadline by 1-6 months it may be possible for you to just re-sit the theory, the new calculation exam and the practical skills test and be issued with new paperwork.

If you missed your deadline by over 6 months, or if you feel that you struggled with your course and you need a refresher session on either the theory or the practical training, we can arrange for you to spend a day with us – effectively a 1 day RPL course.

If you missed your deadline by em>over 12 months then you will be required to re-enrol on a 3 day course with a view to early assessment (this is the way most RTO’s do it).

If we did not train you …. The Assessment only option would not be open to you if your original training course was not undertaken with us, as we could never be 100% sure that everything that needed to be covered was covered. Given that this is high risk work and the “detail” is important, we would have to start at a minimum of a 1 day gap training course or a 3 day training course with a view to an early assessment, depending on how much time has elapsed since you missed the deadline for licence application and what you have been doing on the machine since that time. You will need to complete a Recognised Prior Learning Application form before acceptance onto any course. A letter of support from an employer is a valuable tool in these instances but not essential. Click on link to download RPL application form.