Dangerous Goods | D Endorsement | Transporting Dangerous Goods by Road Unit Standard 16718




Who needs a dangerous goods (D) endorsement?

If you’re transporting dangerous goods, you will need to have a dangerous goods (D) endorsement on your driver licence. 

What is the aim of this course?

  • This course is designed to provide you (loaders, drivers, handlers and others) with the knowledge and skills required to transport and handle dangerous goods legally and safely.
  • To enable you, upon successfull completion of the course, to apply for your "D" driver licence endorsement.

Am I eligible to sit this course?

If you hold a minimum of a Class 1 New Zealand Car Licence (Learner, Restricted or Full), then you are eligible to sit this course.

How long are D endorsements valid for?

Dangerous Goods “D” endorsements are valid for 5 years, and must be renewed within five (5) years of expiry.

How long does this course take?

We suggest you allow for a 6 - 8 hour day.

What unit standard is covered?

16718 - Dangerous Goods Transported by Road.

Can I have this course added to my Record of Learning?

Yes. It is a requirement for us to add your earned credits to your Record of Learning, and our course includes the NZQA credit registration fees (for the relevant endorsements chosen), but excludes the NZQA Hook-on fee if you do not have a NSN number. This is currently an additional cost of $23.00.

What's the assessment process?

Our course includes theory training and an open book assessment.

Once I've completed the course, do I have my D endorsement?

No. On successful completion of the course you will receive a course certificate. On its own this certificate is not a licence or an endorsement. You must take it to a licensing agent (VTNZ, AA, VINZ) and have it added to your licence. There is an additional fee for this, which is payable to the licensing agent.

YOU MUST present the course certificate to a licensing agent within 60 days - otherwise you will have to pay for and re-sit the course again.

How do I apply for my D endorsement?

You need to visit a licencing agency; and

What is NOT included in your course?

Our course fees do not include:

- NZTA or licensing agency fees;

- NZQA Hook-on fee (if you do not have an NSN number);

- Eyesight or medical fees.

Where do you hold courses?

We hold courses in Hamilton, South Auckland, Tauranga, Taupo. We can hold private courses, onsite at your facility, anywhere in New Zealand. We are happy to chat with you about your requirements - contact us to discuss.

How many trainees do you allow per training session?

Training sessions at our facilities are limited by room size which varies from place to place, however we generally limit a class to 12 persons. Training sessions at your facility will be dependant on room size availability (and Health & Safety requirements).


This assessment option is designed to allow candidates who are well versed in procedures for the transporting of Dangerous Goods by Land in New Zealand to revalidate their driver licence 'D' endorsement without having to re-sit an approved course for the NZQA Unit Standard 16718: Dangerous Goods Endorsement (as above).

There are however strict terms and conditions for the use of this Assessment:

- You must hold a D endorsement that is current or not expired for more than 12 months at the time of your assessment.

- You must not have, in the last 12 months, unsuccessfully attempted to achieve competency in a "D" endorsement revalidation course.

- You must have sound comprehensive knoweledge and experience in the procedures for the transporting of Dangerous Goods by Land in New Zealand.

- Understand that the majority of the assessement is closed book, and does not allow for the interaction of another person to assist in providing the knowledge required to answer any of the questions and that resources are restricted.

- If you are unsuccessful than you will be required to re-sit the NZQA Unit Standard 16718: Demonstrate Knowledge of Law and Practice for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road. The cost for this course is currently $295 incl. GST.

- Payment is required prior to sitting your assessment and will not be refunded if you are unsuccessful.

A basic refresher course may be provided, if requested by the trainee, but ultimately it is essential that you have sound knowledge of the requirements for transporting Dangerous Goods by Land in New Zealand to achieve a successful outcome.

Allow 1-1/2 hours for this assessement. Want to talk to us further about this course option - give us a call.

Useful Links

NZ Transport Agency - Applying for a dangerous goods (D) endorsement

Alternatively, we’re happy to design a training session that suits your individual or unique needs. These training sessions can be held either at our training facility, or at your premises. Contact us to discuss -  we'd be pleased to hear from you.

*Forklift Industrial Training reserves the right to amend our pricing at any time.

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