MC Course Information

Watto Training – MC Info

Watto Training delivers heavy vehicle training (MR, HR, HC & MC), using vehicles owned by Ian Watson’s Driver Training Centre.

Training is conducted from 19 Blyth Road, Murrumba Downs Q 4503 unless alternate arrangements have been specifically made.

Unit Name

Drive multi-combination vehicle

Unit Code


Unit Description

This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to drive a multi-combination vehicle safely, including systematic and efficient control of all vehicle functions, coupling and uncoupling of dollies, monitoring of traffic and road conditions, management of vehicle condition and performance, and effective management of hazardous situations.

Course Length

HR to MC Course – 2 days and costs $2200.00 with a deposit of $350.00.

HC to MC Course – 1 day and costs $1200.00 with a deposit of $350.00.

Additional hours are charged at $150.00/hr if the driver is deemed not competent within the specified time period.


MAN (synchromesh gearbox)

Upgrading to an MC licence

If you hold a HR or HC open licence (ie you got your HR or HC in a crash-box), you do not have to do your MC in a crash-box to get an open MC licence.

If you only hold a HR or HC synchromesh licence (ie B restriction) meaning you have never been assessed in a crash box at HR or HC level, then if you do the MC in a synchro mesh gear box, you will get an MC licence with a B restriction. If you want an open MC you will have to be assessed (and trained if necessary) in a crash box. WATTO TRAINING can provide this training but it is an additional cost. The rate is $110/hour and the number of hours required varies depending on the student’s experience, skills and abilities.

Eligibility to drive a Multi-Combination vehicle (B-Double)

The following table sets out the period you are required to hold a particular class of licence before you are eligible to progress to the next higher class of licence. This period may be a single continuous period or made up of a number of individual periods. Any time your licence is suspended or expired cannot be included when calculating this period.

<th”>Required Holding Period

Class of Licence Held Next Eligible Class of Licence
HR or HC At least 1 year MC

Q: What is involved with the “theory” part of the course?

  • Relevant road rules, regulations, permit and licence requirements of the relevant state/territory road traffic authority
  • Relevant OH&S and environmental procedures and regulations
  • Multi-combination vehicle controls, instruments and indicators and their use
  • Multi-combination vehicle handling procedures
  • Workplace driving and operational instructions
  • Engine power management and safe driving strategies
  • Efficient driving techniques
  • Pre-operational checks carried out on multi-combination vehicle and related action
  • Differences between transmission types
  • Principles of operation of air brakes and procedures for their use
  • Driving hazards and related defensive driving techniques
  • Map reading and road navigation techniques
  • Factors which may cause traffic delays and diversions and related action that can be taken by a driver
  • Principles of stress management when driving a vehicle
  • Causes and effects of fatigue on drivers
  • Factors which increase fatigue-related accidents
  • Fatigue management strategies including on-road techniques
  • Lifestyles which promote the effective long-term management of fatigue


Q: What is involved with the “Practical” part of the course?

  • Communicate effectively with others when driving a multi-combination vehicle
  • Read and interpret instructions, procedures, information and signs relevant to the driving of a multi-combination vehicle
  • Interpret and follow operational instructions and prioritise work
  • Complete documentation related to the driving of a multi-combination vehicle
  • Operate electronic communication equipment to required protocol
  • Work collaboratively with others when driving a multi-combination vehicle
  • Adapt appropriately to cultural differences in the workplace, including modes of behaviour and interactions with others
  • Promptly report and/or rectify any identified problems, faults or malfunctions that may occur when driving a multi-combination vehicle in accordance with regulatory requirements and workplace procedures
  • Implement contingency plans for unexpected events when driving a multi-combination vehicle
  • Apply precautions and required action to minimise, control or eliminate hazards that may exist during the driving of a multi-combination vehicle
  • Monitor and anticipate traffic hazards and take appropriate action
  • Modify activities depending on differing operational contingencies, risk situations and environments
  • Apply fatigue management knowledge and techniques
  • Work systematically with required attention to detail without injury to self or others, or damage to goods or equipment
  • Operate and adapt to differences in equipment in accordance with standard operating procedures
  • Select and use required personal protective equipment conforming to industry and OH&S standards
  • Monitor performance of vehicle, its trailers and its equipment and take appropriate action where required
  • Service vehicle and its equipment in terms of maintenance schedule and standard operating procedures
  • Check and replenish fluids and carry out lubrication processes in the course of work activities


Monday to Friday, weekends by appointment.

Q: I wish to book, what do I do next?

A: Please contact us.

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