Light Vehicle Load Security

New drivers: Everything you need to know about load restraint for cars, utes, vans, light trucks and trailers

Experienced drivers: Gain new skills to improve your loading and understanding of transporting safe loads on the road

What does the course contain?

This course is based on the industry best-practice and the Road Code. After taking this course, you will know how to:

  • Choose the right vehicle and load securing devices to safely secure your load
  • Use chains, ratchet straps (strops) and tarps to restrain and cover a load
  • Securely load a ute, van, car and light truck
  • Choose between, and load safely, a flat deck trailer, cage trailer or box trailer
  • Understand roof racks
  • Hitch a light trailer
  • How to rebalance your load after a partial delivery
  • How to adjust your driving style when loaded.

What are the advantages of this light vehicle load security online course?

  • Easy, convenient scheduling - do the course in your own time on any device. The online training is divided into short modules that take just a few minutes each. They are convenient and easy to access 
  • Full access to the course materials for 6 months - this gives you plenty of time to work through the course at your own pace, plus opportunities to refresh your knowledge after you've passed
  • Detailed video demonstrations - watch, listen and learn, then answer questions about what you've seen and heard. You can watch the videos as many times as you need in order to really understand the material
  • Language and literacy support - if English isn't your first language, or you prefer to listen to the questions, you'll find plenty of support

What happens when you pass the course?

You can print a certificate of achievement.

Who is this course for?

  • Car drivers - those carrying items in the boot or cabin
  • Van drivers, including delivery drivers and tradespeople (plumbers, electricians, etc)
  • Ute drivers, including tradespeople and farmers
  • Light box truck drivers
  • Drivers using roof racks
  • Drivers towing light trailers, including flat deck, cage, box and specialist trailers 
  • People who supervise drivers loading products, e.g. in hardware stores
  • Fleet managers responsible for driver health and safety

What do you get with the course?

Full access to all training materials for 6 months

Study in your own time at your own pace, take the modules as many times as you need to and really get to know the information. You can access it on any computer, smartphone or tablet wherever there's an internet connection available.


You can assign managers to manage different groups of drivers, e.g. in different branches, regions or business units. They can download detailed reports, track and manage drivers, and download certificates on completion.


Is this course a unit standard course? No, but if you would like a unit standard, then please pick our Heavy Vehicle Load Security course. Additional costs apply for the unit standard assessment.

Where is the course held? The whole course is done online

How long is the course valid for? We recommend you repeat this course every 3 years to keep your skills up-to-date

Who produced the course? The course has been produced by TR Driver Training and DT Driver Training.


  • You will need one course licence per person taking the course - you can't use one licence for multiple drivers
  • You will need a computer, smartphone or tablet with internet access to take the theory training

Set up and email/phone support are free whether you are purchasing one course licence or a hundred course licences.

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$49.00 + GST per person ($56.35)


Certificate of Completion


Approximately 2-3 hours


Full access for 6 months

Course provided by DT Driver Training

DT Driver Training is New Zealand's largest provider of driver training, reaching thousands of people a month.

Training modules

Introduction to load security

Understanding the background and regulations relating to securing your load


Managing and securing your load

Types of restraint, the options you can choose to keep your load secure, and how to deal with common loads


Load securing devices and methods

Options for securing your load, depending on its characteristics


Vehicles and trailers

How to load and secure each type of light vehicle

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