After deciding upon a career as an HGV driver, the first starting point would be to obtain full UK driving licence, enabling you to drive cars.
The minimum age to apply for a provisional HGV licence is 18 years. You will to have passed an HGV medical to be able to apply for the provisional licence.
HGV CPC Training
The first stage is CPC training: Certificate of Professional Competence. This has four parts.
- Two theory tests including hazard perception
- Real-life situational case studies
- Driving skills test
- CPC practical demonstration including vehicle safety check
All parts must be passed to obtain your vocational driving licence and Driver’s CPC.
The above courses might cost around £2500. There is a nationwide shortage of HGV drivers, so many employers are happy to pay for the courses for valued members of staff.
Category C as appears on your licence is rigid large good vehicle, weighing over 7.5 tonnes. This is also known as class 2.
From acquiring this basic lorry licence, you can then apply for other categories eg Cat C+E (articulated trucks) – The heavier trucks will bring you an higher starting salary.