Bus training is generally required for the following driving roles and industry assessments:
* All heavy vehicle training conducted on a Saturday will attract an additional $50.00. Where a student's course takes place over successive Saturdays, or a series of Saturdays, students will be charged $50.00 for every Saturday that the student's course is delivered. Weekend course fees will also be charged if all, or any part thereof, of the course takes place on a Victorian Public Holiday.
Armstrongs' heavy combination course has been custom designed to develop vital driving skills and knowledge necessary to successfully gain your heavy combination licence.
The course consists of the following components:
Students also receive:
Free and unlimited access to 'Career Central'
Armstrongs' Career Central is a digital employment market place where Armstrongs heavy vehicle licence graduates and employers can come together and connect. Once you obtain your licence you'll be able to upload your CV, search for, and view listed driving jobs, receive job alerts, and directly apply for driving jobs advertised on our Career Central platform whenever you like. View more information on Career central and how it can help you.
Students also have the choice of undertaking their training in a vehicle with either a Non-Synchromesh or Semi-Automatic gearbox.
Course fees cover both the optional Pre-drive theory session and driver training. Terms and conditions apply.
*Students have the choice of completing the Pre-Drive Licence Component either (i) as part of their course or (ii) in addition to their course. Students with language, literacy, or numeracy concerns are advised to attend a Pre-Drive session in addition to their driving course. Pre-Drive sessions are delivered face-to-face by a qualified heavy vehicle trainer and are 4 hours in length during which students will guided through the relevant information in preparation for their theory test and undergo off-road training and assessment. For those students who wish to complete their Pre-Drive Licence Component within their course, the amount of behind-the-wheel training that a student ordinarily receives will be reduced by that amount of time that an individual student requires to successfully complete the Pre-Drive Licence Component.
There is no separate license category for buses or coaches. Heavy vehicle driver licences are issued for all vehicles above 4.5 tonnes GVM in the following five categories only: light rigid, medium rigid, heavy rigid, heavy combination, and multi combination.
In order to be licensed to drive a bus or a coach you must first complete training and assessment in the heavy vehicle license category that best represents the type of bus or coach you intend to drive.
Although it is possible to undertake your heavy vehicle training in a ‘bus’, it is not generally possible for you to be assessed in a bus unless special circumstances apply and prior approval is obtained from VicRoads (please refer page 10 of the Victorian Bus & Truck Handbook).
As a general guide, if you are looking to obtain employment in the public transport sector driving a route bus (a vehicle normally greater than 8 tonnes GVM and with a total of 2 axles) you will be required at a minimum to obtain a Medium Rigid licence. If you are looking to gain employment as a coach driver (a vehicle greater than 8 tonnes GVM but normally with 3 axles) you will be required at a minimum to obtain a Heavy Rigid licence.
As there are differences between the exact type, weight, and length of buses that individual route bus and coach companies operate it is always advisable to check with the route bus or coach company that you are seeking employment with to confirm the license category that they prefer prospective applicants hold before applying for a position with them.
Once you have obtained your MR or HR licence and have undergone pre-employment bus driver training you'll be able to confidently apply for roles as a route bus driver.
In order to apply for a job as a route bus driver you may need to provide some, or all, of the following with your application:
Drivers Accreditation: To drive a commercial or local bus in Victoria you need a Commercial Passenger Vehicle and Bus Driver Accreditation. For more information on how to obtain a Drivers
Accreditation please visit the Taxi Services Commission (TSC).
Driver History Report: You can find out more about a Driver History Report and how to obtain one by visiting VicRoads.
Working With Children Check: You can find out more about whether you require a WWC Check and how to obtain one by visiting the Victorian Department of Justice & Regulation.
Once you have obtained your Medium Rigid or Heavy Rigid licence (Heavy Rigid Non-Synchromesh, Heavy Rigid Synchromesh, or Heavy Rigid Automatic), you will now be ready to undertake specialised bus training. This additional training is specifically designed to:
Bus companies providing public transport services and coach services require that their drivers possess specific skills in order to ensure passenger safety and comfort. Students will be introduced and trained in bus specific skills which will enable them to better prepare for a pre-employment driver evaluation.
Some of the areas covered include: