TLI31216 Certificate III in Driving Operations (Heavy General Freight)

Our Driving Operations (Heavy General Freight) Traineeships are available to all companies working in the Transport & Logistics Industry. This traineeship is designed to inform, educate and provide safety-first approaches to all truck drivers operating commercial transport to deliver Freight.

With our Heavy General Freight Driving Certificate Traineeship, each candidate will be taught the fundamentals of transporting freight based on Australian and industry standards.

Throughout this traineeship, each candidate will be required to complete a total of 18 units. Each unit has been crafted to ensure the utmost safety of the driver and public relating to loading/unloading, transportation and managing of the load. An all-inclusive traineeship that results in a Nationwide Training certified heavy general freight driver on completion.

Government funding may be available to employers for their chosen candidates based on their current work history with their current company. For more details on this Traineeship’s Eligibility Requirements, please see below.

Topics Covered include: Work Health & Safety, Secure Cargo, Process Documentation, Quality Procedures, Operate Commercial Vehicle, Fatigue Management Strategies and many more. View the full range of covered topics below.

On completion, each candidate will receive a Certificate III in Driving Operations (Heavy General Freight) issued by Nationwide Training.

Nationwide Training is always supportive and informative. Extremely professional and easy to deal with.

— K.Anderson, Mainfreight

My trainer was awesome. Very helpful, knowledgeable and industry experienced.

— M.Antonio

Thanks to all staff at Nationwide Training because with all of your help I have finished my Certificate III. I hope we will meet again.

— J.Fernandes, Conoco Phillips

The trainer listened and understood my industry. He was very knowledgeable in all areas of the course.

— M.Chmaberlain, Transdev

With over ten years experience in the industry, I find I am learning new things - which is interesting and refreshing.

— D.Tracey, BGC

My trainer is very understanding and always on point. Great person to talk to.

— S.James, Transdev

Excellent broad based theoretical assessment and combined with focused practical observations. The trainer is very skilled and knowledgeable. The operators enjoy their sessions with her.

— T.Kuusk, Brikmakers

I have definitely seen an improvement in all our trainees as new knowledge is gained.

— J.Menzies Brikmakers

The training gave me more knowledge about the process of how things work and apply it to my job. The staff assists me and answer my questions effectively if I needed some answers regarding to training.

— R.Manongsong, Brikmakers

I have done most of my training courses with Nationwide Training, I always found the training material up to date and trainers are just excellent, not only but they are always ready to extend their help in scheduling the training sessions and help with difficult questions.

— N.Sharma, Western Biomedical

Driving Operations - Traineeship Eligibility

Employees who have been working for your company for less than three (3) months full time may attract employer incentives and funding

Employees who have been working for your company for less than twelve (12) months part time may attract employer incentives and funding

Employer Incentives

Employers may also be eligible for incentives from both the federal and state government up to $8,250.00

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

  • $1,500.00 – six (6) months from commencement
  • $2,500.00 – on completion

Jobs & Skills WA Employer Incentive

  • $2,125.00 – Commencement payment at the six (6) month milestone
  • $2,125.00 – Completion payment if the completion occurs on or after the eighteen (18) month milestone full time or twenty seventh (27) month milestone part time. Earlier completions are paid on a pro rata basis


24 months for full time employees

36 months for part time employees


Workplace-based training is delivered face to face and includes pre-reading, practical training and observation of you performing routine work tasks while on-the-job.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available.

Funded Course Fees

Lower Fees, Local Skills
Effective from 1 January 2021

New Workers Certificate III in Driving Operations (Heavy General Freight) course fees:
25 years old or over $729.00* GST Free;
17 – 24 years old $729.00* GST Free;
* Annual course fee caps apply of $1,200 for 25 year olds and over and $400 for 17 – 24 year olds

Note: Fees and charges are based on the Department of Training and Workforce Development Fees and Charges Policy in line with Nationwide Training’s recommended training plan. Any changes to the training plan may see an alteration to these fees. Fees are GST free. Fees are only for units started in the current year. Fees for units started in future years are yet to be determined by the government.

“The Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as Student service and resource fees”. source DTWD Business Rules

Jobs and Skills WA Lower Fees Local Skills

Non-Funded Course Fees

Perth Metro Area:
Certificate III in Driving Operations $4,200.00 GST free three payments of $1,400.00

Entitles the learner to a maximum of 12 scheduled training sessions.
Refer to Nationwide Training’s schedule of fees for additional workplace training visits.

Regional WA Centres:
Certificate III in Driving Operations Price on application.


On Successful Completion

On successful completion of a qualification you will receive a Certificate issued by Nationwide Training:

TLI31216 Certificate III in Driving Operations (Heavy General Freight)

TLI31216 Certificate III in Driving Operations (Heavy General Freight) is superseded by
TLI30321 Certificate III in Driving Operations
The Transition/Teach Out period ends 20 November 2022.

Nationally Recognised Training

Qualification Structure

A total of eighteen (18) units are required for this qualification. Maximum of three (3) units can be imported.

TLID1001 Shift materials safely using manual handling methods Core – 1 day course
TLIE1005 Carry out basic workplace calculations Core
TLIF1001 Follow work health and safety procedures Core
TLIL1001 Complete workplace orientation/induction procedures Core
TLIF2006 Apply accident-emergency procedures Elective
TLIF2010 Apply fatigue management strategies Core
TLIH2001 Interpret road maps and navigate pre-determined routes Core
TLIA1001 Secure cargo** Job Role – 1 day course
TLID2004 Load and unload goods/cargo** Job Role – 1 day course
TLIB0002 Carry out vehicle inspection Job Role
TLIC1051 Operate commercial vehicle Industry
TLIE0002 Process workplace documentation Job Role
TLIF0009 Ensure the safety of transport activities (Chain of Responsibility)
Job Role – 1 day course
TLIB2001 Check and assess operational capabilities of equipment Elective
TLIE3002 Estimate/calculate mass, area and quantify dimensions Elective
TLIG1001 Work effectively with others Elective
TLIJ2001 Apply quality procedures Elective
TLIU2012 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices ♦ Elective
TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck♦* Elective – 1 or 2 day course
TLILIC0001 Licence to transport dangerous goods by road* Elective – 2 day course
TLIH3002 Plan and navigate routes Elective
TLIB2008 Carry out inspection of trailers Elective

* Additional course fees and licensing fees will be incurred when the Licence unit is chosen as an elective.
** Delivered together on the same 1 day course.
♦ Imported units