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Ever feel that sinking feeling when regulations change, or a new technology hits the market, and you’re unsure if your skills are up to date? In the fast-paced world of transportation, especially for those working with heavy machinery, staying ahead of the curve is crucial. At Roadtrain, a leading industry training provider in Southland and Otago, we prioritise driver competency and fostering safer workplaces across New Zealand.

This blog post dives deep into the world of refresher training and Verification of Competency (VOC) assessments, helping you navigate the options and choose the right path for your career goals. Whether you’re a seasoned driver looking to sharpen your skills, a new entrant seeking qualifications, or a fleet manager ensuring your team’s competency, Roadtrain has the solution for you.

Let’s unlock the road to ongoing safety and success!

The Road to Ongoing Safety

The transportation industry, especially with heavy vehicle licensing, requires ongoing commitment to skill development. While initial training equips drivers and operators with the necessary knowledge, regulations and best practices evolve. This is where refresher courses and Verification of Competency (VOC) come into play. But what’s the difference?

Refresher Courses: Sharpening Your Skills

Think of refresher courses like a knowledge tune-up. They address changes in:

  • NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) regulations
  • Driver training regulations
  • Safety best practices
  • Safety best practices

These courses can be particularly valuable for drivers and operators who haven’t been in the field for a while, or whose roles involve new technologies or procedures. Roadtrain offers a variety of refresher courses tailored to the needs of Kiwi workers in the transport sector.

Verification of Competency: Demonstrating Your Expertise

A VOC assessment evaluates your current skills and knowledge against industry standards, like the National Certificate in Road Transport. It’s not a training course, but rather a confirmation of your competency to operate specific machinery or perform tasks.

VOCs are often required for:

  • Fleet management positions
  • Pre-employment checks
  • Heavy machinery operator VOC (e.g., in Southland)

Choosing the Right Path

So, which option is right for you? Here’s a quick guide:

  • Refresher course: If you want to update your knowledge on regulations and best practices.
  • VOC assessment: If you need to demonstrate your competency for a new job or regulatory requirement.

Roadtrain: Your Partner in Safety

At Roadtrain, we offer a comprehensive range of driver training, operator training, and workplace safety training solutions, including both refresher courses and VOC assessments. We are committed to providing you with the tools and knowledge you need to stay safe and compliant on the road.

Contact Roadtrain today to discuss your specific needs and ensure you’re on the right track to accident prevention and a successful career. Remember, safer workplaces start with competent and well-trained staff. Let Roadtrain be your partner in achieving that goal.


Roadtrain FAQs: Your Training Journey Starts Here

  1. I need to renew my driver’s licence. Do you offer refresher courses?
  • Absolutely! Roadtrain offers a variety of refresher courses designed to update your knowledge on the latest New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) regulations and industry best practices.
  1. What’s the difference between a refresher course and a Verification of Competency (VOC) assessment?
  • Refresher courses focus on updating your knowledge, while VOC assessments evaluate your current skills and knowledge against set standards. VOCs are required for some positions or as proof of competency.
  1. I’m looking to get into the transport industry. What training programs do you offer?
  • Roadtrain offers a comprehensive range of driver training programs to equip you with the skills and qualifications needed to obtain your heavy vehicle licence.
  1. Can your training programs help me upskill in operating specific machinery?
  • Yes! We offer training programs that can help you achieve competency in operating various heavy machinery, along with the possibility of VOC assessments in Southland and Otago.
  1. I manage a fleet of drivers. Do you offer training solutions for my company?
  • Roadtrain provides customised training solutions for businesses, including fleet management training programs to ensure your drivers are up-to-date and operating safely.
  1. How do I know which training program is right for me?
  • Our team of advisors can help you assess your needs and recommend the most suitable training program, whether it’s a refresher course, VOC assessment, or a complete licensing program.
  1. Are your training programs NZQA unit standard compliant?
  • Yes, all our training programs are compliant with NZQA unit standards, ensuring you receive recognized qualifications.
  1. Do you offer training programs in Southland and Otago specifically?
  • Yes, Roadtrain is a leading industry training provider in Southland and Otago, offering a wide range of training programs in these regions, including the possibility of VOC assessments for heavy machinery operators.
  1. How much do your training programs cost?
  • The cost of our training programs varies depending on the program chosen. Contact us for a quote tailored to your specific needs.
  1. Can I take the training courses online?
  • While some aspects of training may involve online modules, a significant portion of our programs involve practical training delivered by experienced instructors.
  1. What if I have a disability? Do you offer accessible training options?
  • We strive to be inclusive and can discuss potential modifications to accommodate your specific needs. Please contact us to discuss accessibility options.
  1. How do I enroll in a training program with Roadtrain?
  • Simply contact us through our website or phone number. Our friendly team will be happy to answer your questions and guide you through the enrollment process.