LGV Driver Training

Category C

Category C Truck training

Examples of C class vehicles include home delivery trucks, fire engines, roadside recovery vehicles, home and commercial removal trucks, waste disposal trucks and gritters.

This category enables licence holders to drive any large goods vehicle without a trailer. This vehicle is commonly known as a rigid body vehicle. Once you have passed your Category C your licence will be upgraded with the C + E provisional entitlement allowing you to train to drive a C+ E (articulated vehicle) if you so wish.

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How to apply

You can collect both the D2 and D4 forms from our office. You must complete the D2 yourself (we recommend that you tick all of the provisional entitlements to prevent you from having to reapply in the future if you decide that add higher categories to your licence.)

Send the forms

Send both forms and your photocard driving licence to DVLA. There’s no application fee. You only need to include a passport-style colour photo and original identity documents if you have a paper driving licence.

How long it takes

You should get your driving licence within 3 weeks of DVLA getting your application. It can take longer if your health or personal details need to be checked.

The D4 form has to be filled in by a doctor. This could be either:

• your GP – but an optician might need to fill in the section about your eyesight
• a private firm specialising in drivers’ medical exams

Your doctor, optician or a private firm can charge you.

You can only apply for a provisional trailer (+E) licence when you’ve got the full licence for the vehicle you’ll be driving (for example, you must gain your Category C entitlement before you can move on to your Category C+E.)

Driver CPC Part 1 Test: Theory

You can book the part 1 theory test of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) as soon as you’ve got your provisional licence. The test is made up of 2 parts – multiple choice and hazard perception. You have to book both parts separately, but you can take them on the same day. It doesn’t matter which one you take first but you need to pass both within 2 years of each other to get your theory test certificate. The cost of the multiple choice test is £26* and the hazard perception is £11*.

What to take to your test

You must bring one of the following:

• a Great Britain photocard driving licence
• a Northern Ireland photocard driving licence and paper counterpart
• an EU photocard driving licence (and paper counterpart, if you have one)
• If you don’t have a photocard driving licence, bring your paper licence and a valid passport

Your test will be cancelled and you’ll lose your fee if you don’t bring the right documents.

How the test works

Multiple-choice questions part

You can take a practice test to find out how the test works. The multiple-choice questions part lasts for 1 hour and 55 minutes, and the pass mark is 85 out of 100 questions.

Hazard perception part

Watch a video about how the hazard perception part works. You’ll watch 19 videos, and there are 20 developing hazards to spot. The pass mark is 67 out of 100. You can’t review your answers.

We offer an interactive training package for both your theory (multiple choice and hazard perception) and your CPC part 2: case studies for £36 (inc. VAT)

Driver CPC Part 2 Test: Case Studies

You can book the part 2 case studies test of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) as soon as you’ve got your provisional licence. You don’t need to have passed the Driver CPC part 1 theory test. The cost of this test is £23*. You will not need to complete this if you already have a Driver Qualification Card.

What to take to your test

You must bring one of the following:

• a Great Britain photocard driving licence
• a Northern Ireland photocard driving licence and paper counterpart
• an EU photocard driving licence (and paper counterpart, if you have one)
• If you don’t have a photocard driving licence, bring your paper licence and a valid passport

Your test will be cancelled and you’ll lose your fee if you don’t bring the right documents.

How the test works

The test is made up of 7 case studies you work through on a computer. The case studies are short stories based on situations that you’re likely to come across in your working life. You’ll be asked between 6 and 8 multiple-choice questions on each case study. The test lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the pass mark is 40 out of 50.

Driver CPC Part 3 Test: Driving Ability

You must have passed the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) part 1 theory test before you can book the Driver CPC part 3 test.

What to take to your test

You must also bring one of the following:

• a Great Britain photocard driving licence
• a Northern Ireland photocard driving licence and paper counterpart
• an EU photocard driving licence (and paper counterpart, if you have one)
• If you don’t have a photocard driving licence, bring your paper licence and a valid passport

Your test will be cancelled and you’ll lose your fee if you don’t bring the right documents.

How the test works

Your practical test will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes and includes:

• vehicle safety questions
• practical road driving
• off-road exercises

Vehicle safety questions

During your test you’ll be asked vehicle safety questions on LGV’s

Practical road driving

During your practical road driving, the examiner will see how you:

• use the vehicle controls
• move away at an angle, uphill and downhill
• do a controlled stop
• use the mirrors
• give appropriate signals
• show awareness and anticipation of other road users’ intentions
• manage your progress and control your vehicle speed
• deal with hazards
• select a safe place to stop

There will also be 10 minutes of independent driving, designed to test your ability to drive safely while making independent decisions.

Off-road exercise

The off-road exercises will include:

• an ‘S’ shaped reverse into a bay

As mentioned above, If you haven’t already completed your Driver CPC part 2 and 4 as part of your Category C training, you will need to complete this in order to drive professionally.

Driver CPC Part 4 Test: Practical Demonstration

You must have passed the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) part 2 test before we can book your Driver CPC part 4 test. Candidates are required to produce their Module 2 certificate.

You must also bring one of the following:

• a Great Britain photocard driving licence
• a Northern Ireland photocard driving licence and paper counterpart
• an EU photocard driving licence (and paper counterpart, if you have one)
• If you don’t have a photocard driving licence, bring your paper licence and a valid passport

Your test will be cancelled and you’ll lose your fee if you don’t bring these.

How the test works

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

You’re tested on being able to:

• load the vehicle following safety rules and to keep it secure
• stop trafficking in illegal immigrants
• assess emergency situations
• reduce physical risks to yourself or others
• do a walkaround vehicle safety check

The test is made up of 5 topics from the Driver CPC syllabus. You can score up to 20 points for each topic.

To pass you have to score at least 15 out of 20 in each topic area and have an overall score of at least 80 out of 100.

After you’ve qualified

After you’ve passed all 4 of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) tests, After you’ve passed all 4 of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) tests, you’ll be sent a Driver Qualification Card or ‘DQC’.
You must carry your Driver CPC card while driving a lorry, bus or coach professionally.

Staying qualified

Every 5 years you must:

• take 35 hours of Driver CPC training to keep driving professionally
• renew your lorry or bus driving licence
If you’re 65 or over you must renew your lorry or bus driving licence every year.

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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*price correct as of August 2019

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