Heavy Combination

Holding a Heavy Combination (HC) licence is a fantastic way to increase your employment opportunities – especially in the transport industry.

This licence will allow you to drive prime movers with a semi-trailer that have a gross vehicle mass of more than 9 tonnes, as well as a rigid motor vehicle with a trailer weighing more than 9 tonnes plus any unladen converter dolly.

How long do I have to have my licence for before I can get my HC Licence?

In QLD an applicant must have held their HR Licence OR their MR Licence for 12 months excluding time where licence was suspended, surrendered, cancelled or expired.

Does this have to be consecutive?

No, it does not need to be consecutive, however it must be all within a 5 year period. It can be either continuous or made up of different individual lengths of time (excluding any time that your licence was suspended, surrendered, cancelled or expired). 

Training times vary for each individual, with the average being 2-5 two hour lessons, depending on driving skills and experience. We like to make sure you are competent with driving an HR vehicle before we train with a trailer.

*AHVDT does not have a HC Synchromesh vehicle, however if a person already has a manual car licence, when they conduct a test in a HC Automatic vehicle, they are permitted to drive HC synchromesh vehicles as well (because a manual car licence covers the manual gearbox in a HC vehicle).

What can I drive?

What can I drive?
How many axles?

3 or more axles

How large is the vehicle?

Has a GVM greater than 8t

Can I tow a trailer?

1 towed trailer with a GVM of more than 9t


An MR or HR Licence for a minimum period of 1 year. Any period of licence suspension or cancellation cannot be included in this period.

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