Trucks or vehicles classified as HGV 2 or Class 2 are those weighing at least 3,500 kg. These have now been renamed to LGV (Large Goods Vehicles) Category C and are often characterised as rigid vehicles. In addition to the minimum weight of 3,500 kg, Category C vehicles may tow a trailer with a weight not exceeding 750 kg. Drivers who wish to qualify for a Category C licence need to complete their HGV training and successfully pass the driving test set by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency or DVLA.
Requirements for HGV Category C training
Any candidate may apply for the Category C licence if he is at least 21 years old and currently has a Category B (Car) licence. A member of the armed services, though, may apply as early as 17 years old. A candidate may also apply at the earlier age of 18 if he satisfies any of the following criteria:
– He is taking the driving test for Category C or Driver CPC.
– He has already passed his Driver CPC initial qualification and driving test.
– He is studying a national vocational course to earn a Driver CPC initial qualification.
Acquiring a Category C licence also automatically qualifies you for Category C1 (for vehicles between 3,500 to 7,500 kg) as Category C is a level higher than C1.
Training Course Outline and Estimated Cost
Category C Training process consists of the following:
1. Medical exam: Candidates must first complete and pass a medical examination conducted by a doctor acknowledged by the DVLA.
2. Application for the Category C provisional licence: After passing the medical exam, candidates should fill out and submit a D2 application form.
3. Theory test: The training provider will then help the candidate prepare for their Theory test to be conducted by the DVLA. The theory test is composed of two parts, Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception, and candidates need to pass both.
4. Skills Training: Once they’ve passed the theory test, candidates undergo several hours or days of training under qualified instructors from competent training providers. The length of training usually depends on the candidate’s prior knowledge and speed of learning. The training programme includes classroom instruction, driving demonstrations and exercises. Candidates learn more about driving techniques, road rules, and the best safety practices and they get to practice with actual vehicles.
5. Practical Test: When they are ready, candidates will take their practical test in which they are expected to go on the road with a DVLA instructor and demonstrate their skills.
6. Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC): Aside from the Category C licence, drivers must also have a Driver CPC if they will be working as drivers and not just using the vehicle for personal use. Driver CPC Modules also include a theory test and a demonstration test.
Exact training prices may vary per training provider and will depend on the hours of actual training necessary.
Some providers also present their training course and fees as a package but here’s a general idea of how much the training will cost:
|Medical examination||£50 to £60|
|Theory test and Hazard Perception test||£50|
|Training course (between 2-5 days)||£900 – £1,000|
|CPC training||£30.00 test fees for Module 2
£55.00 test fees for Module 4
*Training providers also typically charge a fee for hiring their vehicle for your tests.