Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment Scheme (HVCBA)
Under the HVCBA program, accredited Registered Training Organisations (RTO) employ RMS approved Trainers and Assessors to complete training and assessment for heavy vehicle licences.
Changes to HVCBA accreditation
Transport for NSW accredit Registered Training Organisations (RTO) to conduct Heavy Vehicle Based Competency Assessments (HVCBA). In June 2021, all current contracts enabling RTOs to conduct these assessments will expire.
Going forward, all new contracts will be managed through a procurement process which focuses on suitability and fairness.
The revised process will invite NSW RTO’s to submit a digital application through the NSW e-tendering website detailing how the pre-requisite requirements are met and their ability to deliver the HVCBA program.
Applications will then be assessed and all suitable RTOs will be accredited to deliver the program on behalf of Transport for NSW for a three year contract.
Information forums will run in November to share more about the new digital process – register here to attend a session convenient for you. Questions can be submitted in the week leading up to the forum by emailing HVLReform@rms.nsw.gov.au.
- 19 November 2020: 10.00am – 11.00am
- 19 November 2020: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
- 20 November 2020: 10.00am – 11.00am
- 20 November 2020: 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Tools for RTOs
- All accredited RTOs - view the full list of Registered Training Organisations.
- Check an assessor's approval - find out if an individual driving instructor is approved under the HVCBA program.
- Heavy Vehicle Competency Online Reporting System (HVCORS)
Are you looking to upgrade to a heavy vehicle licence?
See Getting a heavy vehicle licence for information.
What is the HVCBA Scheme?
Under regulation 59 of the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Regulation 2017 (NSW), Roads and Maritime Services established the Heavy Vehicle Competency Based Assessment (HVCBA) Scheme for the purpose of assessing Applicants for the issue, reissue or renewal of a Heavy Vehicle Licence.
HVCBA with an accredited provider is the primary method for applicants to obtain a heavy vehicle licence in NSW. A provider is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that has applied to Roads and Maritime to be accredited to conduct training and assessments of applicants for a heavy vehicle licence, and to issue Certificates of Competence in respect of applicants for a heavy vehicle licence.
HVCBA has been designed to allow for greater flexibility to best suit industry needs. Applicants that undertake HVCBA have the ability to select their own HVCBA provider, learn and be assessed in a vehicle of their choice and arrange their own appointment times.
In some areas, applicants are also offered the option of undertaking a Roads and Maritime heavy vehicle driving test at a Service NSW service centre.
Documents and forms
Operating Procedures - effective 1 October 2020
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