Medium Rigid Heavy Vehicle Licence

Bus & Coach Training

Bus & Coach training

Course Cost $1600

Course Duration

Over two consective days, starting at 8:00am & finishing at 4:00pm each day

Course Information

This course is designed for people wishing to obtain their Medium Rigid licence with the plan to become a bus driver in the future.

The course is completed over two days, maximising the chance of you not only obtaining your Medium Rigid driving licence, but also getting sufficient time & experience behind the wheel so that when you apply for a Bus Operator position you can have confidence during your interview that you have given yourself the best opportunity of getting that job.

Liam from Connect Coaches has been involved in the Bus & Coach Industry for over 28 years so the two days spent with him will give you ample opportunity to ask as many questions about your new career path plan. The course is not designed around the "one day wonder" mentality that many other driving schools offer and about making a quick buck.

So if you're wishing to become a bus or coach driver and learning the required skills to get the job, Connect Coaches will train and show you how to:

  • complete a pre-departure check
  • comfortably perform all reversing manoevres required by the RMS
  • drive in a defensive manner suitable to giving passengers a comfortable ride
  • manoeuvre a large vehicle through tight roundabouts and narrow streets
  • drive on suburban streets, country roads and freeways 

You will also be shown how to:

  • use a tachograph card
  • correctly use work diaries
  • show & explain the correct use of vehicle monitoring equipment
  • correctly maintain a coach toilet system

Step One

Read through the Roads & Maritime heavy vehicle handbooks that can be purchased from the RMS
Complete your Drivers Knowledge Test - Click here for further Information
Your Knowledge Test must be completed at the Roads & Maritime Services. Click above link for further information

Purchase Competency based Log Books

At the completion of your knowledge test, you must purchase the Competency Based Logbook from the Roads & Maritime Services at your own expense
Competency based log books must be purchased from the Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) at the completion of your drivers knowledge test

Training & Assessment

  • Connect Coaches will provide one Roads & Maritime approved trainer/assessor to complete Assessment Criteria 1-15 over the 14 hours of the course
  • Connect Coaches will provide one seperate assessor as per Roads & Maritime requirements for final assessment
  • Connect Coaches will provide one 28-seated mid-size coach for both the training & assessment components of the course

Final Assessment

Connect Coaches will provide and arrange for a seperate assessor for final assessment. The final assessment will be filmed via an in-cabin video as per Roads & Maritime requirements. This video can later be audited by the Roads & Maritime Services.

The final assessment is conducted by a seperate assessor over a minimum of 45 minutes but can take up to 70 minutes, depending on the route and traffic conditions

Unsuccessful Final Assessment

Connect Coaches conducts its courses over two days to reduce the chance of applicants requiring a second assessment by giving more on-road time in the vehicle and improving the confidence of the applicant.

The Connect Coaches instructor has the responsibility of doing everything possible to achieve a successful outcome during this assessment.

However, Connect Coaches cannot be responsible for an applicant making errors due to nerves or any other reason. 

  • If the final assessment is deemed unsuccessful, a second assessment can be completed an hour later 
  • This assessment can also be completed on another day if the applicant or the trainer feel that this may help achieve the result required
  • A second assessment will incur a fee of $400 for the hire of the vehicle and for the second assessor's fee


Completion of training & Assessment

At the completion of the final assessment, the applicant will be issued a Certificate of Competency by the assessor to take back to the RMS to obtain your heavy vehicle licence.
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