Despite the huge advances in technology and the wide use of power-assisted systems on even the smallest trucks, obtaining a truck driver licence can still be something of a challenge. This is one of the reasons why the training is so rigorous and intense, whether you’re on the Gold Coast, in Ipswich or heading towards the mining regions.
I’m a good driver, so I can drive a truck!
While it’s certainly going to be the best starting point, it’s a common misconception that holding a regular car licence and years of experience will guarantee you a truck driver licence. Our training experiences show that simply being a good driver is not enough to qualify you for a truck driver licence. A certain degree of natural aptitude and skill – when correctly applied – provides the springboard required to ease you into the intense training course and subsequent test.
However, if you are planning on obtaining a water truck or dump truck licence on a mining site, the rules are different. You only need to hold a Preliminary Driver’s licence (P plates) and be 18 years old to be able to apply.
Developing the right skillset
While bringing some pre-existing knowledge is helpful, most people who train for the truck driver licence on a mine site can be relatively inexperienced when it comes to heavy machinery. The courses are so thorough that people of most ages, over 18, and varied work experience can take on this challenge and succeed. This involves putting aside what you think you already know and being open to instruction.
The skills required to gain the qualification include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Physical strength to handle the truck and manage its payload
- Presence of mind and a keen awareness of what is going on around you
- Discipline and the ability to form “good habits” in respect to procedures
- The ability to work under pressure and adapt to unexpected changes in conditions
- A comprehensive understanding of rules and regulations
- Demonstrable practical driving skills when handling all types of road conditions and work environments
Choose to train with the experts
There is no doubt that the cost of such training is money well-spent and choosing a reputable training company, such as My Solution Training, should be your number-one priority when seeking your truck driver licence. To reach the legally required standard of training you’ll need to achieve the advanced skills and knowledge, which our team of course instructors have plenty of experience in getting candidates over the line. We provide correct and skillful training comes in so you can achieve the required expertise effectively.