LGV Driver Training

Effective LGV Driver Training Courses

The LGV/ HGV driver training course prepares learners to obtain their LGV Category C1, C or C+E licence, enabling them to drive goods vehicles of 7.5 tonnes and over.

All drivers must be 18 years or over and have a full Category B licence (car licence).

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Large Goods Vehicles

Large goods vehicles (LGVs) are divided into three categories:

Category C1 (7.5 tonne)

This course is ideal for people that drive a horse box and small business delivery drivers.

Category C (+7.5 tonnes to 32 tonnes)

The LGV Category C licence will allow drivers who pass the Category C driving test to drive any rigid Category C vehicle up to 32 tonnes. Once you successfully pass your LGV Cat C test, you will obtain Category C on your licence as well as Category C1 (7.5 tonne licence).

Category C+E (+7.5 tonnes)

Articulated lorry with separate cab & trailer, or a waggon and drag (rigid vehicle towing a trailer).

Vehicles over 3,500 kg with a trailer over 750 kg. This vehicle is commonly known as an Artic or Class 1 or an HGV. Driving this licence will be in either a full articulated vehicle or a draw bar (wagon & drag). To obtain this HGV licence, you must already have a Cat C licence.

Module 4 DCPC Practical Safety Demonstration

The Module 4 is a practical demonstration test carried out by TL Training registered DSA examiner. The test requires you to demonstrate competence when carrying out a variety of security checks on your vehicle in front of an examiner.

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This practical course will teach drivers how to ensure the safe movement of vehicles perform and respond to recommended code of signals, and safely manoeuvre a vehicle and trailer around a site.

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How to obtain a LGV licence for professional driving:

1. Medical test

We can arrange a LGV Medical on your behalf –  a GP will carry out a health check and complete form D4 confirming the medical has been passed.

2. Apply for provisional entitlement

Complete D2 provisional licence application and send to DVLA with your medical form and current licence.

3. Theory and hazard perception testing = Module 1 of the Initial Driver CPC

Study and take LGV theory and hazard perception test at your local DVSA approved test centre. We provide you with practice material.

4. Driver assessment

We recommend a 1 hour driver assessment to estimate the number of hours it would take to train you for your LGV Licence. This charge is refundable against the LGV course booked with TL Training.

5. Driver theory case studies = Module 2 of the Initial Driver CPC

Module 2 is a 30 minute case study test taken at your local test centre. This can be taken at any time during your training.

6. Practical driving lessons

The length of the practical driver training will be determined by the course assessment. Lessons will be booked to suit you. It normally takes between 14- 24 hours training to be a competent driver and equip you with the skills to be ready for your Practical test.

7. The practical test = Module 3 of the Initial Driver CPC

We will book your practical test date for you.

Your practical driving test will last approximately 90 minutes and you will be expected to complete:

  • Vehicle safety questions (these are carried out at the start of the test)
  • Practical road driving
  • Off road exercises

8. Practical safety demonstration = Module 4 of the Initial Driver CPC This can be undertaken at TL Training as we are a DSA Approved Testing Centre

This can be undertaken at TL Training as we are a DSA Approved Testing Centre

This a 30 minute practical ‘show me, tell me’ test that involves walking round a stationary vehicle with the DVSA examiner and demonstrating that you can complete several crucial checks. This can be taken before or after your practical test.

That’s it you’ve done it – you have passed your practical test and are now a qualified LGV driver.

You will be supported throughout by our experienced instructors.

The notes in this section are for guidance only. Whilst we take every care to ensure the accuracy of the information contained therein any reference should be used for guidance only. Where more specific or legal advice is required we recommend consulting the relevant Government Agency.

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