HGV Training Courses Surrey and Hampshire
Cat C1 (up to 7.5ton) horseboxes, recovery trucks, ambulances, etc
Cat C1+E (up to 7.5ton + 4.5ton trailer) as above but ability to tow over 750kg
Cat C (up to 32ton), also known as Class2, full rigid HGVs
HGV or LGV – what’s the difference? Nothing! Since 1992 they both mean the same thing – Any goods vehicle rated over 3.5ton! Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) is an older term and Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) is an EU term.
You must be 18 or over and have passed your car test.
New laws brought in mean you can go straight for your Cat C1E without having to pass the C1 test first, so for anyone who already has towing experience, or is likely to need to tow in the future, going straight for the C1E will save you time and money.
You can also go straight for your Cat C, futureproofing you in case you need to go bigger in the future. Note, you are able to go straight for Cat C+E, Class1, (arctic/drawbar) but we currently do not offer this.
No matter what category you are intending on going for the process is the same:
Apply for the D2 & D4 application pack to add provisional entitlement. You can do this via the DVLA Website.
More info about the forms can be found here: D2 & D4 Forms explained
There are different modules to pass:
- Module 1 is made up of two parts: Theory multiple-choice questions and Hazard Perception. Both these must be passed before you can apply for the 3A & 3B tests.
- Module 2 is a written driver CPC test, required if you will be driving for work purposes.
To book the module 1 and 2 tests please visit the DVSA online booking system: DVSA test booking
The Practical Test is now made up of:
- Module 3A is the reversing exercise (and uncoupling & recoupling exercise if you’re taking Cat C1E)
- Module 3B is the on-road driving test.
- Module 4 is a practical driver CPC test. If you require this, please speak to us as this can be arranged too.
To drive any HGV vehicle, you must pass module 1 (theory & hazard perception) and modules 3A & 3B.
If you are going to be driving the HGV vehicle for hire, reward or for commercial purposes (for instance for work), you must also pass modules 2 and 4 to complete the driver CPC initial qualification. You will be issued with a driver qualification card which must be carried at all times when driving.
If you do not wish to drive the vehicle for hire or reward or your use of the vehicle is exempt from driver CPC you are only required to pass modules 1 and 3, for instance, you don’t need CPC for NHS Ambulance Service, Motorhome or Private Horse Lorry. More details on this can be found at https://www.gov.uk/become-lorry-bus-driver/when-you-dont-need-driver-cpc
Training time is split up accordingly between the 3A module and 3B module as required. Due to the 3A test needing to be passed before taking 3B, the training will be split over a number of days accordingly.
For the 3A module, you will need to be able to reverse the vehicle in an S-shaped pattern into a bay. If you are taking the test with a trailer you will also need to demonstrate the uncoupling and re-coupling procedure. These may seem fairly simple but the margins for error are very slim and so these will take some practising, even for those who can already reverse trailers!
The 3B module is the On Road driving. The standard required for this is exceptionally high.
During your practical road driving, the examiner will see how you:
- use the vehicle controls
- move away at an angle, uphill and downhill
- pull up in various safe locations.
- use the mirrors
- give appropriate signals
- show awareness and anticipation of other road users’ intentions
- manage your progress and control your vehicle speed
- deal with hazards
- select a safe place to stop
There will also be 10 minutes of independent driving, designed to test your ability to drive safely while making independent decisions.
The overall drive is 1 hour in total – that’s a long time to keep every aspect of your driving spot-on and not lapse any concentration!
For Cat C1 (7.5ton) training, we have a Volkswagon Crafter CR50, rated at 5ton gross weight. Being a medium wheel base van it has great manoeuvrability ideal for practising the reversing but also drives similar to a car, helping those who do not have any previous experience of driving bigger vehicles.
For Cat C Rigid Class 2 training, we use an Iveco Eurocargo 150E18 rated at 15ton. With an automatic gearbox and measuring just 8.1 meters long, you could not ask for a better training vehicle. Being just within the minimum length required for the DVSA test means this truck will help you negotiate the roads on your test with ease, and of course help with the reversing exercise!
After an initial assessment, Matt would be able to recommend the appropriate course duration for you.
- Cat C1 Two-Day Course – Two days of one-to-one training with tests.
- Cat C1 Three-Day Course – Three days of one-to-one training with tests.
- Cat C1E Two-Day Course – Two days of one-to-one training with tests. Must already be able to reverse trailers confidently.
- Cat C1E Three-Day Course – Three days of one-to-one training with tests. suited for those who have little/no trailer reversing experience.
- Cat C HGV Four-Day Course – Four days of one-to-one training with tests.