Semitrailer reversing

Reversing a semitrailer is a critical skill to pass your class 5 test, plus it's important to keep refreshing it when you are a professional driver.

25% of truck damage is caused while reversing because it's difficult to judge distance, and the blind spots are large.

Why do a trailer reversing online course?

  • Learn the theory online, then take your smartphone out to the cab and put it into practice, minimising the risk of damage
  • In a class 5 course, you won't get much time to practice the reversing manoeuvre, and you need to complete it to pass, so getting additional tips early on really helps
  • Get tips and tricks from our experienced trainers.

What will you learn?

  • The swept path, off-tracking and swing out
  • Blind spots and how to minimise them
  • Setting your semitrailer up for the most risk-free reversing path
  • Reversing in a straight line
  • Reversing around a corner
  • Serpentine reversing
  • Reversing up to a dock
  • Reversing trailers with a steering rear axle


What happens when you pass the course? You get a certificate of completion.

What training does this complement? Semitrailer reversing training is an excellent course to pair with Pre-trip inspectionTrailer coupling and uncoupling, and Heavy vehicle load security.

Is there any instructor-led training? This course is online-only, but we can help coordinate in-cab training for your drivers in selected locations.


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

Set up is free whether you are purchasing one course licence or a hundred course licences.

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$35.00 + GST per person ($40.25)


Certificate of Completion


Approximately 0.75 hours


Full access for 6 months

Course provided by TR Driver Training

TR Driver Training and DT Driver Training are New Zealand's largest suppliers of vehicle and machinery training and instruction

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Semitrailer reversing training modules

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