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How long does it take to learn to drive a HGV?

It takes around 6-7 weeks to learn to drive a HGV. This covers everything from applying for your provisional licence, to having a medical, and then learning the theory and practical skills you need to pass 4 tests for your licence.

How much does HGV training cost?

HGV training doesn’t have to be expensive – particularly if you opt for a more fast-tracked training route. By choosing a training school like ours, you can take advantage of a very competitive price, and get on the road faster too.

What qualifications do I need to be a HGV instructor?

None! All you need is a valid HGV licence, which you’ve had for at least 3 years. This shows you have the experience needed to supervise a learner HGV driver, and help support them through their tests. If you want to train officially, courses are available.

How much do HGV drivers earn in UK?

The amount a HGV driver in the UK can earn varies depending on employer, but typically the starting salary for a newly qualified driver is anywhere between £19-24K. If you have any more experience, like multiple licence categories, then you could earn up to £40K.

How hard is it to pass HGV test?

If you’ve taken a standard drivers test in the past, then you will already know how difficult it is. If you’ve trained properly, with a good school, the you will find your tests simple and straightforward to do. All you need to be able to do is concentrate, stay calm, and be confident in your knowledge and experience.

Can you go straight for Class 1 HGV?

Technically, yes. On top of your standard Driver CPC, you need to have a Cat C licence before you can take your Class 1 (or Cat E) test. But you can take the tests for your Cat C and your Cat E at the same time, so you don’t need to wait between tests.

Is there a shortage of HGV drivers UK?

There is no doubt that the UK is experiencing a driver shortage. With demand for 370,000 drivers and only 320,000 currently qualified and working, the UK is in desperate need of more drivers to fill the demand of the industry.