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Students who have, or who obtain Class 1 driver licences, can be awarded unit standards which count towards NCEA and other qualifications on the NZQF framework.

Picture of person holding a drivers licenceThis came into effect on April 1 2016. All young drivers are encouraged to learn the skills required to become safer drivers on New Zealand roads. 

There are three standards which can be awarded through a ‘recognition of prior learning’ process. The three standards correspond to learner, restricted and full licences.

The learner must present an official photographic Class 1 Driver Licence to their school as part of the process to provide necessary evidence.

More info re NCEA credits

Class 1 Driver Licence - NZQA website(external link)

Students passing driver licence tests can get NCEA credits - Education Gazette website(external link)


Learner driver online resources 


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The official way to learn to drive. Drive has everything you need to get your licence.

  • Learner licence: Drive Road Code covers the road rules. You can practise with real learner licence tests.
  • Restricted: Download the Drive Go app and master the skills to be a good driver and pass your practical test.
  • Full licence: Prepare with our video guide to the full licence test.

Plus interactive tools, tips and lessons to help people prepare to be a driving coach.

Drive(external link)

Pathways Awarua

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Learning modules for adults and secondary students to strengthen literacy and numeracy in relevant contexts.

Applied pathways related to road safety include:

  • road code
  • heavy vehicle and forklift.

Register for a secondary teacher account to use Pathways Awarua with a class of students, and gain access to an educator dashboard and professional development.

Pathways Awarua(external link)

The road code

The official New Zealand road code has user-friendly explanations of New Zealand road rules.

The road code(external link)

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