With COVE Truck Training

Truck Licence Training

COVE Truck Licence Training has on-site training facilities and top-quality equipment which make it the ideal environment for you to attain the licences you need to work in the Construction, Mining or Infrastructure industries as a Truck Driver.

With Light, Medium, Heavy and Articulated Truck Licence courses available, COVE Truck Training can help you find the right truck licence to progress your career today.

LR Licence Melbourne

Light Rigid Licence - Truck or Bus

Light Rigid Licence training courses are designed to improve your driving skills and knowledge. This training course is for a truck or 22 seater bus licence.

MR Licence Melbourne

Medium Rigid Truck Licence

The medium rigid course has been custom designed to develop vital driving skills and knowledge necessary to successfully gaining your medium rigid licence.

Heavy Rigid Licence

Heavy Rigid Truck Licence - Auto & Sync

The heavy rigid course has been custom designed to develop vital driving skills and knowledge necessary to successfully gaining your heavy rigid licence.

Heavy Rigid Truck Licence - Cove Training

Heavy Rigid Truck Licence - Non Sync

Heavy Rigid training courses have been designed to improve your driving skills, knowledge and confidence necessary to successfully gaining your heavy rigid licence.

Heavy Rigid Licence

Heavy Combination Truck Licence - Auto

Designed with the serious truck driver in mind. Your driving skills and knowledge will be tested to successfully gain your heavy rigid truck licence.

COVE Training - Truck Licence

Truck Theory Sessions

COVE Training offers Truck Theory Sessions each week, free of charge. Call us for dates and further details.

Truck Gearbox Types Explained

What’s the difference between non synchro, synchromesh and auto truck gearbox?

Now that you have made the decision to get your truck licence which is great, you’ll need to decide what type of licence you actually need.

There are three truck licence options: Non-Synchromesh, Synchromesh, Automatic Gearboxes.

Truck Gearbox

Non-Synchromesh Truck Gearbox

The non-synchromesh gearbox is not that difficult to operate. In order to change gears the engine revs need to match the road speed for the gear change to happen successfully. This process is called doubling the clutch or double clutching. On the simplest level, the steps are as follows:

  • Depress the clutch and disengage the current gear
  • Let out the clutch to re-engage the neutral gear and then match the revs to the gear that you want to engage
  • Depress the clutch and engage the next gear

Synchromesh Truck Gearbox

A synchromesh gearbox does not require the driver to double clutch as the truck gearbox has synchro rings which match the road speed and the engine revs which allows the gear to be selected. Many of the trucks doing local deliveries tend to use this type of gearbox as it is easier for the driver to operate and allows companies more choice when selecting drivers.

Automatic Truck Gearbox

More trucks are being manufactured and purchased with automatic gearbox due technological improvements over the last decade. The automatic truck gearbox is slightly different to car automatic gearbox in that they are, essentially, an automated manual transmission. This means that there is an automated shifter changing gears for the driver in the manual gearbox.

Which Truck Licence Should You Choose?

If you think you need a heavy rigid truck licence then you will need to determine which licence will suit you best.

If you are tested in a heavy vehicle using a synchromesh gearbox you will be restricted to driving heavy vehicles with an automatic or synchro mesh truck gearbox. You cannot drive heavy vehicles with a non-synchro gearbox.

If you choose to go for an unrestricted licence it will undoubtedly open the more doors for you. However learning to drive a non synchromesh gearbox requires more training and can be frustrating for some new learners. If you know the industry you would like to work in find what sort of trucks are used in that industry. COVE Training have years of experience and industry contacts that can help you make the most informed choice when deciding which licence is right for you.

Truck Licence Options:

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Further Information

COVE Training is VicRoads Accredited

  • All applicants will be required to complete VicRoads paperwork and complete an eyesight test.
  • Applicants on medication may require a medical clearance from VicRoads.
  • Clearance from VicRoads is required prior to the commencement of all training and assessment.
  • All applicants are encouraged to purchase a copy of the ‘Victorian Bus and Truck Drivers Handbook’ in order to complete their knowledge assessment.
  • This can be purchased through COVE Training for $15 OR a PDF version can be downloaded here.
  • Every applicant is required to sit and successfully pass the VicRoads knowledge assessment prior to any training and assessment. All truck training and testing is conducted from the Seaford office.
  • Knowledge of how to drive a manual car is a recommended requirement for these licence types.
  • VicRoads now apply licence, registration and number plates sanction as directed by Fines Victoria.
  • You will be required to confirm your licence permit is not currently suspended, disqualified cancelled or subject to a Fines Victoria Sanction. This will avoid having your test results not recognised.
  • As an applicant you can open a ‘My VicRoads’ account to confirm licence currency on the date of assessment. Alternatively applicants can call VicRoads on 13 11 71

Please remember to confirm your eligibility on the date of the assessment.

Further Fines Victoria information can be found on www.fines.vic.gov.au website or call 1300 396 851

For VicRoads regarding fines and penalties information can be found here https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/

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