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NCEA credits for car driver licence

Information for teachers and parents

It’s possible to get up to eight NCEA credits for passing driver licence tests. It can be recognised as prior learning by an education organisation holding consent to assess, and lists on their Record of Achievement. This applies to anyone who has received a driver licence after 27 February 2012.

To access any of the credits, fill in this form.

If a student already has a full licence they will receive credits for the learner and restricted licence, too.

If a student already has a restricted licence they will receive credits for the learner licence, too.

This flow diagram explains the whole process (click to make it bigger).

Diagram explaining how to apply for NCEA credits for passing the class 1 driver licence tests

Diagram explaining how to apply for NCEA credits for passing the class 1 driver licence tests

Learner licence

Two credits are available to students who have been issued a class 1 (car) New Zealand learner driver licence. The achievable grade is “Achieved”. It is a level 1 unit.

Students must be at least 16 years old to take the licence test. Students must provide an official photographic Class 1 New Zealand driver licence issued after 27 February 2012 by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

The unit is 29363 Learn to drive a vehicle within the conditions of a Class 1 New Zealand learner driver licence.

Students can practice the learner licence questions for free.

Restricted licence

The restricted class 1 licence is worth four credits. Students must have held their learner licence for at least six months, therefore the earliest they can take the restricted test is 16 years and 6 months. It is a level 2 unit.

The unit is 29364 Drive a vehicle within the conditions of a Class 1 New Zealand restricted driver licence.

Students should choose an appropriate driving instructor.

Full licence

The full class 1 licence is worth a further two points. Students can take and pass an advanced driving course such as Street Talk to reduce the time required to be on a restricted licence from 18 months to 12 months. The earliest age a student can take a restricted licence is 17 years and 6 months if they have passed an approved advanced driving course. It is a level 2 unit.

The unit is 29365 Drive a vehicle within the conditions of a Class 1 New Zealand full driver licence.

 

Darren is a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the NZ Motoring Writers' Guild

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