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Certificate of Road Transport


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

Road freight transport can be a hazardous occupation, making work health and safety skills and knowledge a key priority for employees and management in this industry.

The Certificate of Road Transport is an online professional development course that will provide you with the skills and knowledge required to organise road transport to support organisational operations.

This online road transport course will teach you how to effectively plan road transport and manage delivery road transport services, including the distribution of material, supplies and passengers.

You will also discover how to safely load and unload cargo and adhere to legislation, regulatory requirements and work health and safety procedures. You will also learn about important accident and emergency procedures, fatigue management strategies, and how to plan and navigate routes to ensure your own and others’ safety in road transport operations.

On completion of this course, you will feel confident to use the skills and knowledge gained to operate safely and efficiently in a road transport role.

Course Structure

Unit 1 - Load and unload goods/cargo

  • Load characteristics
  • Determine appropriate loading
  • Workplace procedures
  • Identify job hazards
  • Hazard identification
  • Reporting hazards / incident reports
  • Risk assessment
  • Identifying hazardous goods
  • Dangerous goods class labels
  • ADG codes and labelling
  • Safety data sheets (SDS)
  • Stacking goods on pallets
  • Manual handling techniques
  • Lifting aids and appliances
  • Mechanical handling aids
  • Specialised equipment
  • Manifests
  • Relocating loads
  • Preventing damage to stock
  • Determining weight of goods
  • Handling dangerous goods
  • Secure loads
  • Slings and chains
  • Load restraint guide (LRG)
  • Regulations and permits
  • Storage and handling goods
  • Handling and storage of explosives
  • Security awareness
  • Suspicious cargo

Unit 2 - Apply chain of responsibility legislation, regulations and workplace procedures

  • The chain of responsibility (COR)
  • Principal duties
  • Consignor/consignee responsibilities
  • Loading manager/loader/packer responsibilities
  • Fatigue management
  • Driver responsibilities
  • Penalties and sanctions
  • Reasonable steps
  • Workplace policies and procedures
  • Common policies
  • Industry codes of practice
  • HHVAS standards
  • Management of speed and fatigue
  • Roster design
  • Breaks
  • Vehicle dimension and mass limits
  • Ensuring loads are secured
  • Load restraints
  • Friction
  • Tie downs and lashings
  • Driver work diaries
  • Identifying breaches
  • Codes of practice

Unit 3 - Follow work health and safety procedures

  • Procedures for dealing with accidents, fire and emergencies
  • Dealing with emergencies
  • Chemical spills
  • Occupational violence
  • Bomb threats
  • Fire extinguishers
  • WHS/OHS workplace procedures
  • Employers duties
  • Controlling risks
  • Storage and safety
  • Hazard identification
  • Risk assessment
  • Legislation and codes of practice
  • Worksafe Australia
  • Entering confined spaces
  • Training
  • Protective clothing
  • Emergency and contingency plans
  • Identify and raising issues
  • Active contribution from employees
  • Issue resolution
  • Collect record and store information
  • Record keeping systems / management
  • Training records

Unit 4 - Apply accident-emergency procedures

  • Responding to an accident or emergency
  • Emergency warnings
  • Evacuating personnel
  • Property and environmental needs
  • Prioritising actions
  • Evacuation procedures
  • Incident cause and effect details
  • Emergency situations and procedures
  • Identify hazards
  • Common types of workplace hazards
  • Workplace inspections
  • Risk assessment
  • How bad is the injury or damage?
  • Control measures
  • Requesting assistance
  • Control and protect site until arrival of emergency services
  • Assisting injured persons
  • Providing first aid
  • Contacting emergency services
  • Notifiable incidents
  • Site preservation
  • Non-disturbance notices
  • Reports and documentation
  • Workplace procedures
  • Recording near misses

Unit 5 - Apply fatigue management strategies

  • Causes of fatigue
  • Actions to minimise fatigue
  • Warning signs
  • Fatigue management plans
  • Beating personal fatigue
  • Strategies to minimise fatigue
  • Assessing workplace procedures
  • Procedures roster design
  • Fatigue-related accidents
  • Fatigue-regulated vehicles
  • Life style choices
  • Diet, exercise and sleep
  • Smoking and drug use
  • Fatigue management strategies

Unit 6 - Plan and navigate routes

  • Maps and symbols
  • Satellite navigation systems
  • Choosing the best route
  • Using a street directory
  • Street directories
  • Online maps
  • GPS systems
  • Journey planning online
  • Hazard identification
  • Risk management
  • Inspection checklist
  • Control measures
  • Height width and load limits
  • Mass and dimension limits
  • Legal requirements
  • Following a correctly planned route
  • Contingency routes
  • Identify regions
  • Tourism features
  • Places of interest
  • Complete route documentation
  • Heavy vehicle driver fatigue laws
  • Driver work diary
  • Parking procedures
  • Heavy vehicles
  • Major suburbs


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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Certificate Course



  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
SKU: C10191 Category:

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  • Road Transport Operator
  • Delivery Driver
  • Transport Attendent
  • Best value option
  • Includes 12 months access


  • $180 deposit
  • $35/week
  • No credit checks required