Learning to drive a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) has been the ticket to a long and rewarding career for millions of drivers over the years. It can be yours as well, by undergoing HGV training with us. The HGV Training Centre offers low-cost, high-quality training courses at nearly four dozen facilities nationwide. Completing your training will enable you to drive a full range of large commercial vehicles, from lorries to tipper trucks to bin lorries. Best of all, you will have access to an industry that now has tens of thousands of jobs available throughout the United Kingdom. You will never be wanting for work with the right training under your belt and a commitment to be the best you can be.
There are a few basic things about commercial driving licences you may want to know before you inquire about HGV training. First is the difference between the HGV and LGV designations. As previously mentioned, HGV is an acronym that stands for 'heavy goods vehicle'. The LGV acronym stands for ‘light goods vehicle’ or large goods vehicle. Practically speaking there is no difference between what these two anacronyms refer to. HGV is the British acronym, LGV is the European acronym. They both refer to commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes.
The next thing to know about commercial licences is the fact that there are different licence categories, or classes. The four primary licence classes we deal with in our training are:
For vehicles in excess of 7500kg with trailers up to 750kg
For vehicles in excess of 7500kg with trailers over 750kg
For vehicles between 3500kg and 7500kg with trailers up to 750kg
For vehicles between 3500kg and 7500kg with trailers over 750kg
Students intending to be professional lorry drivers usually begin training with the understanding that they will be earning a class C1 licence as a starting point. Starting with class C or class C+E is impractical because these two licences involve weight limits that are too low for the average HGV.
Lastly, the HGV Training Centre prepares students to take their practical skills tests at an approved testing facility. We do not conduct the tests ourselves as we are not licenced to do so. However, we do send a trainer with each student to the testing site on the day of the examination. This allows the student to ask questions or receive any other assistance he or she requires prior to taking the test.
Anyone wishing to start HGV training can certainly inquire with the HGV Training Centre. The law requires anyone wanting to be a professional to have a full car licence, be over the age of 18, and get a driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
Your Health - Before you begin training you will be required to pass a routine medical exam. You do not need to be a perfect specimen of health, but your health needs to be reasonably good in order to get a doctor's clearance. Upon completion of your health exam, your doctor will submit the necessary paperwork on your behalf.
Provisional Entitlement - You will need to apply for a provisional entitlement before you can start practical skills training. We can help you submit the necessary paperwork to get your entitlement.
Your Licence - You need a full car licence before you can begin training as a lorry driver. That licence must be valid at the time training begins, and remain valid throughout the course of instruction.
Theory Test - You will also need to pass a 100-question theory and Hazard Perception Test prior to beginning practical skills training. We offer theory test preparation classes for those interested in taking them. They are not mandatory; you can prepare for your theory test on your own.
With these four requirements satisfied, you can begin HGV training with us. Our training consists of both time in the classroom and behind the wheel of a full-size HGV. All of our training is provided by competent and experienced professionals more than capable of imparting to you the skills and knowledge you need to be a safe and successful driver. Everything you do behind the wheel will be supervised for your safety and increase learning potential.
The HGV Training Centre takes great pride in the quality of the courses we offer. We focus on quality with the understanding that quality training provides the calibre of driver so desperately needed in the haulage and transport industries. Our students who complete training and pass the HGV practical skills test go on to become productive professionals who earn an excellent living while making their employers proud.
So, what qualifies as 'quality' training? It starts with the knowledge and skills we impart. A quality training programme does not burden students with the information they do not need to know to be skilled professionals. Rather, it concentrates on only those things that are necessary. In this way, drivers are able to focus all of their attentions on being the best drivers they can be.
Second, high-quality HGV training places a heavy emphasis on road safety. Why? Because the size and weight of HGVs make them inherently dangerous to other drivers in the event of an accident. HGV drivers need to be well-versed in both the knowledge to avoid accidents and the skills to act and react accordingly when an accident cannot be avoided. The topic of road safety is important enough that half of the questions on the theory exam relate to it.
Third are the issues of legal compliance and professional competence. The rules governing how HGV drivers go about their business are constantly evolving to the extent the drivers cannot afford to be left behind. Our training makes drivers aware of current regulations and the need to always follow the law. We also include CPC training and certification for new students.
The student who completes HGV training and goes on to earn a commercial driving licence is ready to begin working in the field. But his or her training is not over. In fact, training is an ongoing process that will continue throughout a driver's career. At a minimum, professional drivers must complete 35 hours of CPC training every five years to retain their licences. Training is taken at any point during the fifth year of a driver's current CPC certificate. Completing the training enables the driver to obtain a new five-year certificate in compliance with the law.
Many of the UK's haulage and transport companies appreciate drivers who are willing to undergo other forms of regular training throughout their careers. For example, a company might put its entire team through a one or two-day course designed to update them about regulatory changes or industry best practices.
Another company might want select members of their team to receive additional training for specialised vehicles. The point is that ongoing training makes it possible for drivers to always be at their best.
High-quality HGV training is a tool we utilise to produce safe and productive drivers for the haulage and transport industries. It is your key to a satisfying and productive career as a professional. With a few weeks of training under your belt, you can be ready to start looking for work as a lorry driver in your area.
Choosing to follow a path to a career in HGV driving is a big decision for anyone and we hope the following articles will help to make that journey easier.
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