HGV driver training in Essex

HGV Driver Training

The HGV/LGV driving licence is generally thought of as the most in-demand and versatile commercial driving license to have because it is the category of vehicle normally chosen by a huge diversity of businesses to distribute localised and nationwide deliveries. The licences to drive these types of vehicle are commonly referred to as the Class 2 HGV and Class 1 HGV.

Working in collaboration with South Essex College

Licence Categories:

  • Category C1 & C1 + E (7.5 ton /Ambulance)
  • Category C (Rigid /Class 2)
  • Category C + E (Articulated /Class 1)

Why choose RSM?

 Driving Assessments offered
 DSA Registered Instructors
 ONE-to-ONE Training
  Private reversing practice area

New drivers must qualify first for Class 2 HGV vehicles before they can upgrade their driving licence and take the test for an articulated lorry – Class 1 HGV. This means they will also gain the 7.5 tonne driving licence.

Our professional driver training team of DSA registered HGV/LGV driving instructors have many years of experience and knowledge of the industry. At RSM we provide all classes of  LGV / HGV driver training courses through our Essex and Suffolk based training centres. Our intensive driver training courses are provided on a ONE-to-ONE basis, although we are also able to offer a shared time training scheme upon request.

Ambulance Driver Training Courses

Category C1 (7.5 tonne) Driver Training

The 7.5 tonne licence is the smallest class of LGV training that a driver can take. Many people are unaware that you are actually able to apply straight for your Category C (Rigid/Class 2) licence without having to sit the practical test for this category first. The process of applying for provisional entitlements and sitting the theory and hazard tests is exactly the same, however if you sit this course and pass the practical test you will only be required to drive a vehicle unto the weight of 7.5 tonne. If you later require your licence to be upgraded you must then sit the course for Category C (Rigid/Class 2).

The majority of people who sit this course are those requiring ‘Ambulance Driver Training’ and have no intention of driving a larger vehicle. Training for this Category is carried out on our Ambulance sized vehicle. Drivers wishing to tow a trailer on a 7.5 tonne vehicle will be required to sit the C1+E course as an addition.

HGV Category C1 and C1E Training

Category C (Rigid/Class 2) Driver Training

Drivers who wish to upgrade their licence to Category C (Rigid/Class 2) will need to apply for provisional entitlement, sit and pass the LGV Theory Multiple Choice & Hazard Perception tests prior to sitting their driver training course and practical driving test. Please refer to our step-by-step guide below to find out what you need to do or alternatively contact the office and speak to one of the team.

Training for this category can be carried out on a manual or automatic training vehicle. Please specify your preference when booking your driver training course.

Passing this test will entitle you to drive any rigid vehicle unto 32 tonne.

HGV driver training courses

Category C+E (Articulated/Class 1) Driver Training

Drivers wishing to take the Category C+E (Artic/Class 1) driver training course must hold a Category C (Rigid/Class 2) licence first. On passing the Category C driving test your licence would have been automatically upgraded to show the provisional ‘C+E’ on it – this means you are not required to apply to the DVSA for it (unless it does not show on your counterpart licence) or sit another LGV Theory or Hazard test.

Driving articulated vehicles demands a high level of skill, particularly concerning forward planning and defensive driving techniques. The artic driver training course schedule is similar to that of the LGV Rigid, with the additional requirement to demonstrate your ability to couple and uncouple your vehicle with a trailer.

Training for this category can be carried out on a manual or automatic training vehicle. Please specify your preference when booking your driver training course.

Passing this test will entitle you to drive any vehicle (except PCV) including those towing a trailer.

Want to have a test drive?

Not sure how many hours you will need before taking the test?… Why not book a ‘Driving Assessment’ at either of our Essex or Suffolk driver training centres!

Contact our training centre team today on 01268 695909

Please note drivers are required to hold the correct provisional entitlement for the vehicle they wish to have an assessment in.

BACK-TO-BACK Category C & C+E training courses

RSM offer a ‘Combination Course’ which will save you money if you book both your Category C (Rigid/Class 2) and Category C+E (Articulated/Class 1) courses together. You could have both licences in as little as 4 weeks! Please contact the office for more details.

How long does it take to train for the HGV/LGV driving test?

As professional HGV/LGV driving instructors we treat each trainee driver differently; according to their ability, so your HGV driver training course will be adapted to suit your personal requirements. Typically HGV 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 commercial HGV vehicles. Our driving instructors will teach you to drive a HGV confidently and safely to a high standard of driving, beyond that which is required for the HGV/LGV 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 HGV/LGV driving test is usually arranged for the fifth day at a local driving test centre.

The HGV/LGV 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)

Getting Started

How do I obtain a HGV/LGV 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 HGV 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 HGV/LGV 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.

5. Book Your Drivers CPC Training

After passing your practical driving test, before you are able to drive commercially, you will need to complete Drivers CPC training in order to obtain your Drivers’ Qualification card.

You will need to complete either the Initial CPC OR 35 hours Periodic CPC (depending on your work/how long your licence has been held) before you can drive commercially. You will be required to sit the Module 2: Case Studies & Module 4: Practical Demonstration OR if you have ‘Acquired Rights’ on your licence you will be required to book 35 hours of Periodic CPC Training.

There are certain lines of work that are CPC exempt. A CPC Exemption List can be found here. For more information about what CPC you are required to take, visit the CPC page.

For more information, or to arrange your training contact us today!

Call us on: 01268 695 909

Email: enquiries@rsmdrivertraining.com

Alternatively, please use the Contact Us page to submit your details and we will contact you.


Get the theory…

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