DDay Training Ltd - Registered Company No: 7792622

Dairy House Farm, Main Rd, Worleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DN

To become a qualified heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver

Getting qualified

With the huge demand for drivers and lucrative salaries being offered there has never been a better time to qualify as a HGV driver. We are committed to giving you the best training to prepare you for the road ahead. 

The government has recently announced changes to the vocational testing process. One of the changes will be to allow drivers to go from a car licence to C+E without the need to pass the Cat C

To become a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver you need to:

have a full car licence

be over 18

get a professional driving qualification called the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

You must have the full Driver CPC if you drive an HGV, bus or coach as the main part of your job.

There are 5 tests that make up the full Driver CPC. You might not need to take all 5 tests, for example if you previously qualified as an HGV driver and you want to retrain.

If you’re qualifying for the first time

1. Apply for a provisional HGV or bus licence.

2. Pass the 5 tests that make up the Driver CPC to qualify.

3. Take 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to stay qualified.

You need to renew your bus or HGV licence every 5 years, and every year when you reach 65.

If you have qualified as an HGV or bus driver before

If you have previous experience as a qualified HGV or bus driver, you can return without taking all 4 tests for the Driver CPC.

1. Renew your bus or HGV licence.

2. Do 35 hours of training or take parts 2 and 4 of the Driver CPC tests .

3. Take 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to stay qualified.

Introduction and Training

All professional drivers of Lorries (C, C1, CE, C1E licence holders) and Buses and Coaches (D, D1, DE, D1E licence holders) must hold a Driver CPC qualification if they want to drive for a living (earn money) in the UK or Europe (there are a few exempt groups). The Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) qualification was introduced across the European Union to maintain high driving standards and improve road safety.

If you passed your Cat B Car test before 1st January 1997 or held your vocational licence (C, C1, CE, C1E) prior to 10th September 2009 you had acquired rights until 9th September 2014 (did not need a DCPC qualification until this date). To keep your acquired rights and Driver CPC and continue driving professionally, you now will need to complete 35 hours of DCPC periodic training in any 5 year period.

All new drivers of LGV vehicles (C or C1) are required to take and pass a Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) Theory test and Hazard Perception (Module 1 & 1a) before any LGV practical driver training can commence and before a practical driving test (Module 3a &3b) can be taken.

New drivers that do not have Driver CPC acquired rights wishing to obtain a LGV vocational licence to drive professionally will need to pass the Driver CPC Initial qualification and therefore must also take the case study test (Module 2), this can be taken at the same time as the Theory test and Hazard Perception test (Module 1 & 1a), but must be taken before they can take the initial CPC practical test (Module 4), this is on top of passing the LGV Practical Driving test (Module 3a & 3b).

In short drivers without acquired rights that want to drive professionally to earn money must pass modules 1, 1a, 2, 3a, 3b and 4, drivers with acquired rights need only pass modules 1, 1a and 3a & 3b, but must ensure they have completed their Driver CPC Periodic Training qualification.

We are able to direct you as to where you can obtain study material that you will need to become a LGV driver, also at your request we can make all the necessary arrangements required including; booking your Medical, Theory test, Hazard perception test, Driver CPC Case Study theory test, Practical Driving tests and Practical Driver CPC Vocational licence test.

Stage 1

To apply for lorry provisional entitlements complete form D2 and DVLA medical report form D4. The D4 form has to be completed by a registered medical practitioner. Some GPs will do this (usually for a charge), or you can use a private firm specialising in drivers’ medical examinations, or if you prefer we can arrange a medical for you.  Prices range from £50.00 onwards including VAT.

After the Doctor has completed your D4 medical report, you will need to complete form D2 – Application for lorry provisional entitlements. All forms, together with your current driving licence and the applicable fee (first provisional licences are free), should then be sent to the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BR. Please note, your provisional driving licence can take a few weeks to be returned.

Stage 2

Before your practical LGV driver training can commence, you will need to study for and successfully pass the Theory and the Hazard Perception Tests (Module 1 & 1a). The theory test comprises of 100 multiple-choice questions of which you must answer a minimum of 85 correctly to achieve a pass. The hazard perception test consists of 19 video clips containing 20 developing hazards that you have to identify (Note: one film clip will contain two developing hazards), you can be awarded a maximum of 5 points for each hazard identified, the pass mark is 67 out of 100. (Note: the DVSA Test Centres require the two parts of your licence and the booking number of your test before they will allow you to take the test)

Stage 3

As soon as you have passed the Hazard Perception and Theory Tests we can then arrange with you a suitable date and time to start your practical training. Our practical tuition is designed to prepare you for the DSA Practical Driving test, during which a DVSA Approved Driving Examiner will assess your standard of driving to National Standards, we can also prepare you for the Initial Driver CPC practical test.

The Driver Training

Practical Driver Training is delivered in a Mercedes Sprinter 5 tonne GVW for Category C1 and C1+E, MAN 18 tonne GVW rigid lorry for Category C and a MAN 36 tonne articulated lorry with a semi-trailer for Category C+E.  Training takes place on the public highway and on likely test routes or on our DVSA specification off road area for reversing and coupling/uncoupling.  Our practical tuition is designed to prepare you for the DVSA Practical Driving test; it is structured to give the candidate the widest range of experience and exposure to varying traffic conditions, road types and urban and rural environments.

Some new drivers find driving large goods vehicles quite tiring, so we normally assess new drivers to ensure the training they receive is suitable and safe for them, we work on 4 to 5 hour practical driving modules. Our LGV training courses are based on practical driving packages over Three to Five days either as separate days or within a week with your practical test taking place on the last day. You can also book practical driving training on an hourly basis (Min 4 hours) subject to availability. Practical Driver Training can be completed on a weekend, please be aware; weekend training is more expensive than during weekdays.

DVSA Tests

We will book any tests required through the DVSA, once a test has been booked the DVSA require 5 working days’ notice to either, cancel, alter or change tests. If the required notice is not given then the fees for that test will be forfeited. Trainees must produce their driving licence whilst training and when attending the Practical tests, you will also need to produce your module 2 certificate before you take a module 4 test and a module 3a certificate before you can take a module 3b test. After you’ve taken the practical test your examiner will tell you if you’ve passed and explain how you did.

Driver CPC Training and/or Periodic Training

As a new driver, you will need to pass the Initial Driver CPC theory and practical tests (module 2 & 4) in addition to the licence acquisition theory and practical tests 9 module (1 &1a) if you intend to drive professionally.

Once you have passed these tests you will also need to complete 35 hours of Driver CPC Periodic Training in any 5 year period to keep your Driver CPC qualification.

If you acquired your Car driving licence before 01/01/1997 you have acquired rights and do not need to complete initial cpc (Modules 2 & 4).

The initial qualification has been divided into 4 modules.

The table below shows the different modules you will need to pass:

Note: If you take your test and you are not going to be driving for a living or are exempt, you will only need to pass Modules 1 & 3. If, at a later date, you change your mind and want to drive for a living you would need to pass Modules 2 & 4.

If you passed your Cat B Car test before 1st January 1997 or if you are already a professional driver and held your vocational licence (C, C1, CE, C1E) prior to 10th September 2009 you had acquired rights until 9th September 2014 (did not need a DCPC qualification until this date). To keep your acquired rights and Driver CPC and continue driving professionally, you now will need to complete 35 hours of DCPC periodic training in any 5 year period.

We provide Initial Driver CPC training and tests and Driver CPC Periodic Training at our approved Driver CPC Training and Test Centre; the Driver CPC courses we deliver have been approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) and the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).

Note: any drivers of Lorries over 3.5 tonnes, and minibuses with nine seats or more, must obtain a Driver CPC. The ‘Transport Manager’s CPC’ also known as the ‘Operator’s CPC’ is a separate qualification and anyone holding one who still drives professionally as part of their job will also need to hold a Driver CPC.

Module 1 – Multiple Choice questions and Hazard Perception clips

Module 1 consists of two separate tests. The first is 100 multiple choice questions (of which the pass mark is 85) and the second 19 hazard perception clips with 20 score-able hazards (of which the pass mark is 67 out of 100).

The two tests take a total of 2 ½ hours to complete, but can be taken separately and in either order.

Module 2 – Case Studies

In addition to passing module 1, to obtain your Driver CPC you will also need to pass module 2. This module is a computer based test and uses case studies, each one based on real-life scenarios you may encounter in your working life. It aims to test your knowledge and how you put it into practice. Written by experts from the

industry, questions are based around the case study and you will be asked to answer in a number of different ways such as multiple choice answers or clicking an area on a photograph / image.

Each test is made up of seven case studies, each one with six to eight questions, with a possible maximum score of 50. The pass mark for the PCV test is 40 and the pass mark for the LGV test is 38. The test will take 1½ hours to complete and can be taken at the same test centre as module 1.

Drivers, who already hold a Driver CPC for one category of vehicle (i.e. PCV or LGV) and wish to obtain a Driver CPC for the other category, will need to take a Module 2 conversion test consisting of 10 case studies with a total of 50 questions. Modules 1, 3 and 4 will need to be completed in full.

Module 3 – Practical Test

The practical test is made up of two parts: 3a & 3b. The first is a reversing exercise and is carried out either at our test centre or at the DVSA test centre. The second takes place on public roads and may include driving on motorways, depending on where you take your test. You will carry out exercises specific to the type of vehicle you drive.

The practical test also includes an eco-safe driving assessment which involves the examiner taking note of how you control the vehicle and plan you’re driving. This assessment does not count towards the result of the test; however the examiner will give you feedback at the end of your test. The test takes at least an  1 hour.

Module 4 – Driver CPC Practical Test

In addition to passing module 3, to obtain your Initial Driver CPC you will also need to pass module 4; a practical test focussing on vehicle safety which was developed with the support and advice of the industry. In this ½ hour test when you will be required to demonstrate your knowledge and ability in the areas listed below:

Ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use

Security of the vehicle and contents

Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants

Ability to assess emergency situations

Ability to prevent physical risk

Demonstrate your ability through a physical, walk round vehicle safety check

LGV tests may also use a piece of equipment which will allow you to demonstrate your ability to secure loads.

The test consists of 5 topic areas which cover the Driver CPC syllabus and in order to pass the candidate has to score 15 out of a possible 20 points in each topic area (75%) and an overall score of 80%.

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DDay Training Ltd - Registered Company No: 7792622

Dairy House Farm, Main Rd, Worleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DN