LGV Driver Training

Category C+E

Category C & E training

Referred to as a C + E or Class 1 or Articulated /Artic vehicle.

You must possess a category C licence before progressing to C+E.

Examples of C + E vehicles are fully articulated vehicles – cab and separate trailer or a draw bar (wagon and drag). Passing the C + E test will allow you to drive any large goods vehicle (LGV) with a trailer up to a combined weight of 44 tonnes.

Once you have acquired your Category C entitlement, you can then begin your Category C+E training.

You are not required to repeat Driver CPC Part 1 (hazard perception and theory test) as you will have completed them when you undertook your Category C training.

If you haven’t already completed your 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 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*.

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

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.

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

Driver CPC Part 3 Test: Driving Ability

You must have the Category C entitlement on your driving licence before we can book your Category C+E 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

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 Exercises

The off-road exercises will include:

  • An ‘S’ shaped reverse into a bay
  • Coupling and re-coupling procedure

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

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 5 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.

What To Take To Your Test

  • 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 walk around 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 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:

If you’re 65 or over you must renew your lorry or bus driving licence every year.

*Information on this page is from the .gov website.

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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