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Certificate II in Driving Operations

22 Aug 2011

Training and Development • transport & logistics

Earning a Certificate II in driving operations may qualify an individual for a job in the distribution or transportation fields. Applicants must meet or exceed certain competency requirements. Candidates will have to meet the state or territory licensing and regulatory requirements imposed within their jurisdiction.

The Certificate II Driving Operations designation

includes jobs like:

  • Delivery Driver
  • Express Driver
  • Motorized Courier
  • Truck Taxi
  • Taxicab Driver

Accreditation Requirements

Accreditation requirements can vary for different categories and roles by state, territory, and even some municipalities.

For example, to become a taxi driver in the Metro Taxi Zone of Melbourne candidates need to pass specific units from Certificate II in Driving Operations. Even before enrolling in the course Melbourne candidates must obtain a Taxi Driver Passport.

Before applicants can drive a taxi they must:

  • Pay the required Driver Accreditation Issue Fee in Good Funds
  • Have a registered training organisation endorse their Taxi Driver Training Passport
  • Achieve a passing grade on the Driving Accreditation training and knowledge test
  • Must have required English literacy prior to starting Driver Accreditation Training

Regardless of location, drivers may want to operate a taxi that is wheelchair accessible, in fact they may discover it an employment requirement. In any case it is a sound strategy to pass the unit called Provide Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Services to People with Disabilities.

The commitment to provide Wheelchair Accessible Taxicabs has increased in the past couple years. Some initiatives to ensure a greater amount of availability for reliable taxi services for wheelchair users include:

  • Subsidising the wheelchair course for taxi drivers
  • Paying additional out-of-pocket expenses for drivers who pass the course
  • Subsidising the cost of replacement or purchase of new Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in some areas
  • Creating new rules to ensure wheelchair taxis are more readily available to the public

The Australian Transport Council has representatives from each state and territory. In 2010 the council endorsed the National Taxi Driver Training Framework for all of Australia. The purpose was to standardize competency across the entire country. Implementing a high standard of accreditation is intended to elevate the public’s confidence in taxicab driver’s skills. Licensing powers that be are more secure knowing that metro taxi and hired drivers meet standards in all states and territories.

A Certificate II in driving operations is part of a larger picture across Australia. It is important to consult a recognised professional training provider before you take the first step. This important certification can lead to an interesting and rewarding career.

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