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HSNO Courses:
HSNO Approved Handler / Filler – Bulk Fuel and Gas


Why do an Approved Handler course with TR Driver Training?

  • This course has been designed to allow drivers to demonstrate knowledge of HSNO legislation for the safe and legal handling, use, and control of hazardous substances in and around road transport vehicles.

  • You will be professionally trained by qualified and experienced instructors.

  • Train at one of our nationwide facilities or your own venue.

Course Aim

To allow drivers of vehicles transporting bulk hazardous goods to obtain:

  • Approved Handler Certification for Bulk Fuel and Gas.
  • Approved Filler Certification for Bulk Gas.
  • *NZQA Unit standard 25986.

*Meet Approved Handler Requirements for the Transport of Bulk Hazardous Substances by Road.

Course Structure and Duration

  • In-class theory course of approximately 5 hours.
  • Practical on-job sign off by client representative approved by our Test Certifier to assess practical competency.
  • Final assessment against unit standard and issue of Approved Handler or Approved Filler certification by our Test Certifier.


  • Certification needs to be renewed every 5 years.
  • Two options are available for renewal:
    1. A distance learning / assessment package, or
    2. A full in-class course plus on job sign off.

Please talk to us for details on these options.

Course Content

Covers the requirements of Unit standard 25986 which is for the drivers of road transport vehicles that transport bulk hazardous substances who are required, under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act 1996, to be Approved Handlers for the classifications of hazardous substances that they transport. People credited with this unit standard are able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of HSNO legislation for the handling, use, and control of hazardous substances.
  • Demonstrate knowledge required of an Approved Handler for the bulk hazardous substance being transported by road.
  • And transfer a bulk hazardous substance to and from a road transport vehicle.
Our course covers the Approved Handler certificate for:
  • Class 2 Flammable Gas (In Bulk) for transport
  • Class 3 Flammable Fluid (In Bulk) for transport

Note: this course does not cover an Hazardous Substance used for storage/use.

Course Fees

Initial / Renewal - Full Course
  • Approved Handler:  
    $280 plus GST ($322 including GST).
  • Approved Handler and filler:
    $360 plus GST ($414 including GST).


Renewal - Distance Learning
  • Approved Handler:  
    $140 plus GST ($161 including GST).
  • Approved Handler and filler:
    $220 plus GST ($253 including GST).


We’re happy to custom build a training programme to suit your needs. We can also run a private course at your premises (Minimum of 6 people).