Heavy Vehicle Load Security

If you've ever lost goods off a heavy trailer, had freight damaged in transit or while tying it down, this course is for you.

New drivers: Everything you need to know about load restraint as you start your career as a truck driver

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 Truck Loading Code and industry best-practice. 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
  • Specifics about curtainsiders, hardside trucks, reefers and container transporters
  • How to rebalance your load after a partial delivery
  • Permits, hazard panels and freight symbols
  • How to adjust your driving style when loaded.

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

  • Reduce the likelihood of freight being damaged in transit
  • Reduce the risk of overloading an axle which could lead to damage to your vehicle, or fines 
  • 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?

  • Truck drivers 
  • Loaders and forklift drivers
  • Supervisors


I found the Heavy Vehicle Load Security Course very engaging.  Being online was so convenient and the commentary was clear and accurate.   I recommend it to anyone considering a career in truck driving.
Charlotte Matehaere.

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? This course can be used as pre-study for US1753 Load and unload a goods vehicle if you do additional training with TR Driver Training. Additional costs apply.

Where is the course held? The theory is completed online. If you want the optional unit standard then you will need to visit one of TR Driver Training's 12 branches nationwide.

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 in collaboration with TR Group and various transport operators.


  • 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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$69.00 + GST per person ($79.35)


Certificate of Completion


Approximately 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.

Training modules

Introduction to load security

Understanding the background and regulations relating to securing your load


Managing and securing your load

Types of restraint and the options you can choose to keep your load secure


Vehicles and load restraint methods

Advice for the most common types of freight securement

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