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HGV Training Courses

HGV Training Leeds

Wetherby Training is the perfect choice for drivers looking to upgrade their licence to drive large vehicles.

From car to Class 1, Class 2 to Class 1 HGV Training or if you are looking for CPC training, we’ve got you covered.

We can also help you get your DQC card (Driver Qualification Card) to help meet your legal obligations and drive for hire and reward.

HGV Driver Trainee Starter Information

Our step by step guide outlines what you’ll need to do to get qualified and become an LGV driver. Start your journey with Wetherby Training today!

HGV Training Entry Requirements

HGV Entry Requirements

To become an LGV driver you must have a valid Provisional LGV licence Category C1, C, or CE. To get this, you need to:

  • Be 18 years old or over.

  • Be competent in English and maths (to take the LGV theory tests).
  • Hold a full car licence.

  • Pass a doctor medical to DVLA Group 2 standards
  • If you are under 21 with penalty points you may not be granted an LGV entitlement.

Provisional LGV Driving Entitlement

Provisional LGV Driving Entitlement

To learn to drive LGV you must first gain the correct provisional driving entitlement on your driving licence with DVLA.

To gain the correct provisional entitlement the following process must be followed:

  • Book a D4 Driver Medical with www.d4drivers.uk. GP completes a DVLA form D4, available online to print, search DVLA D4 form.

  • Complete an application to DVLA using DVLA form D2 to add additional Provisional Entitlement. D2 form not available for online download but can be ordered at www.gov.uk/dvlaforms – takes 7-10 days to arrive

  • Post off the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BR completed D4 and D2 forms, also include current driving licence.
  • Licence should return with 28 days from DVLA and Provisional entitlements will have been updated at DVLA.
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You must have received your driving licence back after step 2 before booking your Theory Tests Steps 3 and 4.

The Theory Test Module 2 doesn’t need to be taken/passed to learn to drive an LGV and take the Driving Test, this element can be postponed until after the driving test has been completed, if preferred.

HGV Theory Tests Module 1a and 1b

Theory Tests Module 1a and 1b

To be eligible to take your LGV Driving Test you must have passed the LGV Theory Tests:

  • LGV Multiple Choice (1a).

  • LGV Hazard Perception (1b).

These can be booked online at: www.gov.uk/book-theory-test

Theory Test Revision:

Wetherby Training can arrange a Theory Test Revision package for you using www.drivingtheory4all.co.uk

Complete your revision online with mentoring support from Skills for Logistics.

HGV Theory Test Module 2

Theory Test Module 2

To be eligible to take your LGV Practical Demonstration Test – Module 4 you must have passed the LGV Theory Test:

  • LGV Case Studies.

These can be booked online at: www.gov.uk/book-theory-test

Theory Test Revision:

Revise for the theory tests using a website service such as www.drivingtheory4all.co.uk – purchase the LGV CPC Package.

LGV Practical Demonstration Test Module 4

Practical Demonstration Test Module 4

To be a professional LGV Driver you must pass the Practical Demonstration Test. This is a practical demonstration of your ability to:

  • Daily walk-around checks.
  • Ability to prevent physical risk.

  • Loading and security of loads.

  • Emergency procedures.

  • Loaded vehicle dynamics.

  • Border crossings.

  • Security procedures.

This practical test is normally carried out by your training school, using an LGV and Load Demonstration Securing Trolley. It involves no on-road driving, the minimum pass mark is 80% and you will be expected to demonstrate safe competent ability.

LGV Practical Off Road Driving Exercises Module 3a

Practical Off Road Driving Exercises Module 3a

To be eligible to take your practical driving test you must complete the off road exercises:

  • Reverse Manoeuvre.
  • Un-coupling and re-coupling the trailer (only vehicles towing trailers).

This test is normally carried out before your driving test by the driving school, using an approved instructor/assessor. This will be carried out either while on your practical driver training lessons or shortly before they commence.

This element is either pass/fail and to resit this test there must be 24 hours between tests. Its important that you are given practice on these skills before test.

You will be given a pass certificate upon passing this test and must bring it with you to your driving test.

LGV Practical On Road Driving Test Module 3b

Practical On Road Driving Test Module 3b

To be eligible to take your driving test you must have a pre-booked appointment with a DVSA examiner and bring with you:

  • Your current Driving Licence.

  • Your Off Road Module 3a pass certificate.

  • Wear your glasses or lenses if needed for driving.

  • Wear suitable clothing.

The driving test will consist of different road and traffic conditions during 60 minutes and be carried out in a very similar way to your car driving test. You are permitted up to 12 driving faults, above 12 faults or a serious/ dangerous fault will most likely result in a failure.

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Completion of all Modules

Upon passing all Modules you have the option at the end of Module 3b, the Driving Test to surrender your driving licence.

You will receive your new driving licence showing LGV entitlement for the vehicle type you took your driving test with.

This should arrive within 7 days from DVLA. Your Driver Qualification Card (DQC) should also arrive within 7 days from the DVSA, this is evidence you have passed your CPC, Modules 2 and 4.

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If you don’t pass your HGV driving test you won’t get your DQC CPC card until you have passed your LGV driving test parts 3a and 3b.

If you have passed either LGV C or C1 driving test already you will be able to skip the steps 1-4.

If you are a pre-1997 car driver you may have difficulty booking your Module 2 – phone 0300 200 1122 to book it manually as an ‘acquired rights’ driver.

Module 4 along with Module 2 – the CPC elements can be postponed until after the driving test, if preferred.

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Which HGV Training course is right for me?

HGV Training course durations are based upon driver ability which means less capable drivers may require more training. We typically recommend that drivers initially take our 1 hour Driver Ability Test on our private airfield to help define the level of training required. This helps avoid unnecessary training and reduces the cost for more experienced drivers.

Course Type Description Min Duration Max Duration
Driver Ability Test Help define the level of training required. 1 hour n/a
Car to Class 1 From UK car license to Class 1 (Cat C+E). 22 hours 37 hours
Class 2 to Class 1 From Class 2 (Cat C) to Class 1 (Cat C+E). 15 hours 22 hours
Car to Class 2 From UK car license to Class 2 (Cat C). 15 hours 22 hours

Frequently Asked Questions.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Common questions we are asked about Driver HGV Training.

Are you part of Tockwith Training Services?2023-10-12T16:43:12+01:00

All of our instructors worked previously at Tockwith Training Services in York (driving school with yellow trucks) and since the owners retired we have formed Wetherby Training.

What is a Class 1 license?2023-04-20T16:38:24+01:00

A Class 1 HGV driver is able to drive Category C+E vehicles – an articulated lorry weighing 7.5 tonnes or more with detachable cabs and trailers which can generally carry loads of up to 44 tonnes.

Understanding Rigid Body Vehicles2023-04-20T16:34:30+01:00

A rigid body vehicle is a type of vehicle that maintains its shape and size even when subjected to external forces. This means that the vehicle’s body does not deform or change shape when it encounters bumps or obstacles on the road. Rigid body vehicles are commonly used in off-road vehicles, military vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks.

What is a Class 2 license?2023-04-20T16:32:58+01:00

A Class 2 driving licence allows you to drive a Category C rigid body vehicle. Category C vehicles or rigid body vehicles are vehicles where the cab and the trailer are fixed securely to each other. Having a Category C licence, allows you drive rigid vehicles over 3500kg and tow a trailer up to 750kg. If you want to drive an articulated lorry you will need a Class 1 HGV licence.

What is the CE Category?2023-03-17T10:59:21+00:00

This category covers goods vehicles towing trailers – these are the largest trucks you see on the UK roads, also know as artics or Class 1. The most common vehicles in this category are any large articulated or drawbar trucks – seen frequently on motorways and busy ‘A’ roads.

What is the process to get an LGV CE (Class 1) License?2023-04-25T08:45:27+01:00

1. You only need to hold a Car Driving Licence and have passed your Medical and Theory – we can help/book with these, (not needed if you have passed your driving test in a Class 2 or LGV C1).
2. Attend the Driver Training Sessions and Pass the Driving Test!

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