Engineering New Zealand Technical Group  



Becoming a Certifier

Steps Involved in Becoming a Heavy Vehicle Specialist Certifier (HVSC)

  1. Gain relevant qualifications in Mechanical Engineering: Diploma of Engineering or an engineering degree
  2. Recognise this is a specialist field, not well-documented, and you need a lot of on-the-job work experience to gain industry knowledge. This is also the most effective training in this field. Be prepared to glean and learn from others
  3. Start working in the heavy transport field – Get a job working for a heavy vehicle engineer or in a company that does heavy vehicle engineering (doesn’t have to be with a certifier). This will help you gain experience and an understanding of the industry
  4. There are 7 technical certification categories in which you can gain experience and sit an exam to practice as a heavy vehicle specialist certifier in New Zealand. You can become qualified to practice in any or all of these categories by sitting the relevant exam for each. See the link to  ‘Appointments’ below
  5. When you think you know enough to sit the NZTA exam which qualifies you to apply to practice as a heavy vehicle specialist certifier in New Zealand, contact the for timing and locations of the next relevant exam
  6. Once you pass the exam you will be required to attend an interview with the Agency where you will be questioned on your business ethics, technical ability and understanding of the industry and your critical role in it
  7. On successful completion of the Agency’s interview process the standard procedure is for you to be appointed on a probationary basis while you undergo a period of mentoring with an experienced certifier

Support and Reference Material

  1. The HVSC  Vehicle Inspection Requirements Manual (VIRM) on the NZTA website will be very useful in helping you understand what is required to become a heavy vehicle specialist certifier. Open the Introduction and go to Section 1: ‘Purpose and Scope’ and Section 6: ‘Appointments’.
  2. If you decide you would like to proceed further, contact the and ask for an Application Form and any other relevant updates to be sent to you. The Application Pack is currently being updated, but NZTA staff will still be able to help you through the application process, and provide a direct contact within NZTA if you would like to discuss it further
  3. If you have other questions you would like to discuss with someone from within the HVE group, please feel free to contact any member of the HVE Committee