Train for your new career in the Ambulance Service with us!
- We are the preferred training provider of the East of England Ambulance Service
- Support every step of the process from general enquiry, booking your medical, theory tests and your driver training and practical test
- FREE online revision packs for your theory and hazard tests
- One to one training with a DSA registered instructor
AMBULANCE SIZED TRAINING VEHICLE
Category C1 (7.5 tonne) Driver Training
The 7.5 tonne licence is the smallest class of LGV training that a driver can take. This is the Category of the licence that you require if you are going to work in the ambulance service.
The courses we run for this type of vehicle are typically 20 hours of one-to-one training inclusive of the practical driving test. Please refer to our step by step guide below detailing what you need to do prior to booking your course.
Driving Assessments offered
Our professional training team of HGV/LGV driving instructors are registered with the DSA and have many years of experience and knowledge of the industry. At RSM we provide all classes of HGV/LGV driver training courses on a ONE-to-ONE basis, although we are also able to offer a shared time training scheme if requested.
Want to have a test drive?
Not sure how many hours you will need before taking the test?…
Book a ‘Driving Assessment’ with the office today on 01268 695 909
Please note drivers are required to hold the correct provisional entitlement for the vehicle they wish to have an assessment in.
How long does it take to train for the C1 driving test?
As professional HGV/LGV driving instructors we treat each trainee driver differently; according to their ability, so your HGV training course will be adapted to suit your personal requirements. Typically Ambulance driver training courses are spread over 5 days with approximately 20 hours of one-to-one driver tuition in one of our well maintained fleet of vehicles. Our driving instructors will teach you to drive an Ambulance confidently and safely to a high standard of driving, beyond that which is required for the practical driving test, in order to give you the best chance of passing your test the first time and being both competent and safe to drive on the road. The C1 driving test is usually arranged for the fifth day at a local driving test centre.
The Practical Driving Test:
Essentially the HGV/LGV driving test will require you to demonstrate:
- Expert handling of the controls
- The ability to drive safely to a high standard
- The ability to complete the set exercises effectively whilst keeping the vehicle under control
- Thorough knowledge of the Highway Code and vehicle safety
- ‘Reverse Manoeuvre Exercise’
- Demonstrating the ability to couple/uncouple a trailer (+E courses only)
I undertook my C1 Driver Training last week and passed my test on Friday. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my instructor Mick as he is the sole reason I passed my test. I could not have asked for a better instructor and I believe Mick’s instruction is the reason I felt confident so early on. He made me feel so at ease and really pushed me to do the best I could. I owe a big thank you to Mick and the RSM team for making me feel so welcome and getting me over my last hurdle before I become a student paramedic.
– Dominique White
How to obtain an Ambulance Driving Licence
1. Contact us to obtain our Driver Training Starter Pack
RSM’s ‘Starter Pack’ includes everything you need to help you with the first steps to train for your new commercial driving licence.
- DVSA Provisional licence application forms posted first class
- Medical appointment booked
- Online study program for Theory Multiple Choice, Hazard Perception & Module 2 CPC tests
- Progress Reports (if required) on theory test study
- DVSA Theory Multiple Choice Test
- DVSA Hazard Perception Test
2. Attend your medical appointment, apply for your provisional and revise for your theory tests
After you have attended your medical you will need to send the D2 & D4 form, along with your driving licence photocard, to the DVSA in the envelope we provided.
It can take unto 3 weeks for the DVSA to return your licence. In the meantime, we recommend that you start studying for your Theory, Hazard and (if applicable) Module 2 tests. If you have purchased our ‘Starter Pack’ please contact the office once you have received your licence and we will book the tests for you.
3. Pass Your Theory & Hazard Tests
RSM would have booked your theory tests at a local test centre to where you live. You will need to pass both tests prior to taking your practical driving test.
4. Book Your Driving Course
Once you have passed the theory tests we will be pleased to confirm a booking for you on our PCV driver training course. Simply give us a call or submit your details through the Contact Us page and we will liaise with you to arrange a convenient start date for your driver training.
Contact us today!
Call us on: 01268 695 909
Alternatively, please use the Contact Us page to submit your details and we will contact you.
Get the theory…
If you are preparing for a driver training course it is worth considering the theory as well the practical skills required to obtain a new licence. Why not try a free theory test with Theory Test Pro by clicking the link below?