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Can I drive a 7.5-tonne lorry?

Eager to enter the gratifying HGV industry? If so, driving 7.5-tonne trucks is an excellent start and a superb career choice in itself. But why learn to drive one, and can you currently learn to operate this type of vehicle?

Within this article, our specialists explain all you need to know about driving 7.5-tonne lorries and how to kickstart your new career.

Why learn to drive a 7.5-tonne lorry?

There’s an abundance of reasons to drive 7.5-tonne lorries for a living, from impressive wages to developing interchangeable skills:

Mouth-watering salaries

On average, drivers delivering with 7.5-tonne trucks can earn on average around £30,000 per annum for a 40–45-hour working week. Of course, this may be subject to location, the employer, your level of experience and the distances travelled.

Plus, some employers may even offer incentives such as immediate starts, bonuses for meeting targets and company benefits and discounts.

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Independent working

With HGV driving, you’ll never want to go back to the office as you can work independently and break away from the stresses of office politics – which can be incredibly draining and tiresome!

This is excellent for those who appreciate their own company or have young families and desire a less stressful environment whilst not at home – it’s also superb for those who enjoy having freedom over the radio!

Transferable skills

By learning to drive smaller HGVs first, you’ll gain transferable skills that can be used to achieve other HGV licences, such as those to drive large lorries you see on the motorway.

Interchangeable skills include awareness of other road users whilst in a large vehicle, how to manoeuvre a truck correctly and performing safety checks.

Who knows? You could even decide to qualify as a dangerous goods driver (ADR) down the line, which you’ll be well equipped to do thanks to your existing experience.

A multitude of job openings

If you opt to become a 7.5-tonne lorry driver, your skills will certainly be in high demand by retailers and distribution companies. This is due to around 4,000 drivers retiring each year and the ongoing shortage of qualified HGV drivers, with the UK shortfall currently sitting at 50,000 drivers.

Thankfully for you, the shortfall has led to more fantastic driver job openings, meaning you’ll have the flexibility to pick the jobs that best align with your needs.

Pick between supermarket delivery, furniture collection, online retail delivery roles and much more!

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What do I need to drive a 7.5-tonne truck?

Firstly, if you’re interested in becoming a 7.5-tonne lorry driver, you’ll need to be:
· 18 years of age or over
· Have a standard car licence
· Be medically fit to drive

You’ll also need to earn your C1 licence, which permits you to operate vehicles weighing between 3.5t and 7.5t. You can’t legally drive these vehicles without the C1 qualification and won’t be able to apply for professional HGV driver roles without it.

To apply, you need to start HGV training with an experienced provider, such as ourselves. This specialist training will supply you with the skills you need to pass your theory and practical tests and gain your C1 licence.

Get in touch with HGV Training Network today

To get your new career on the road, it’s worth speaking with one of our experts who can advise you on your next step or book you onto one of our courses. Don’t hesitate to call our helpful team on 0800 254 5007 for further information, and they’ll be happy to help.

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How much does an HGV provisional license cost?

Starting HGV training is an exciting period in the life of any learner looking to take their future into their own hands and start a new career.

There are a lot of things to think about before you can get behind the wheel of one of our learner vehicles, though – the most important of which is gaining your HGV provisional licence.

But how much will a provisional HGV licence cost and how do you get one?

Read on to find our one-stop guide for everything you need to know about provisional HGV licences!

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Why do I need an HGV provisional licence?

Put simply, a provisional HGV licence allows you to begin HGV training and embark on your new professional driving career.

Just as you can’t start car driving lessons without a provisional licence, students undertaking HGV training need to apply for and receive their provisional licence before they can get started.

The provisional licence gives you the right to be on the road, under a specific set of circumstances, including using vehicles with clearly displayed ‘L’ or learner plates and driving while accompanied by an instructor.

Which provisional HGV licence do I need?

The type of licence you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you intend to drive at the end of your HGV training.

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*If you received your Cat B (car) licence before 1st January 1997, you don’t need to add any further entitlement to your licence to drive a vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes. Hooray!
If you got your licence on 2nd January 1997 or later, you would have to pass the C1 test to gain the entitlement to your licence.

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How much will a provisional HGV licence cost?

Just like the Cat B car licence, provisional HGV licences do not have an associated cost – making them completely free for those looking to undertake HGV training!

The application process includes filling in a D2 form yourself and finding a doctor, optician, and/or private firm to fill out your D4 form – both of which should be sent with your photocard driving licence to the DVLA.

The D4 form is a medical examination report that a medical professional completes to sign you off as safe to be on the road in such large, heavy vehicles. The medical form includes sections on your overall health and a section on your eyesight – which may need to be filled in by an optician or optometrist if your doctor can’t complete the vision assessment fully.

Unless other details need to be checked, it will take around 3 weeks from the DVLA receiving your application for you to get your provisional HGV licence back.

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Can anyone help me apply for my provisional HGV licence?

If you are pushed for time or struggle with paperwork, it can be easier to get experienced professionals to help you.

Here at HGV Training Network, our friendly team can handle all the admin tasks for you, such as:
· Completing your provisional HGV licence application with you
· Arranging your medical assessment
· Booking all theory, CPC, and practical tests
· Helping you find your first job with our exclusive partnership with Blue Arrow!

Get your provisional HGV licence and training from HGV Training Network

Whether you need help applying for your provisional HGV licence or just want to begin your HGV training journey, HGV Training Network is here to help.

With over 50 locations across the UK, excellent Google reviews, and Train Now and Pay Later finance for eligible learners, you can retrain with the best without the commute or worries about your finances.

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HGV theory test explained

As the first major step in your HGV training, passing the HGV theory test the first time will be an excellent confidence boost and save you time and money.

But what is the HGV theory test and what does it involve?

Read on to find out from the HGV driver training experts at HGVTN.

What does the HGV theory test involve?

Your HGV driver theory training is very similar to the theory test you may have taken for your car driving test. You can apply for it as soon as you get your provisional licence.

It is made up of two parts, a multiple choice section and a hazard perception section, both of which are completed as on-screen tests in a DVSA test centre.

If you are pushed for time, you can take both sections on separate days, in any order – as long as you complete both parts within 2 years of each other.  

It is important to note that while you can complete your theory and practical training at the same time, this is not necessarily recommended as it can:

·        Increase the amount of time it takes to gain your theory qualification.

·        Give you lots of things to do at once – making it harder to focus on learning the theory and practical skills.

Multiple choice questions

There are 100 multiple-choice questions and you will have 1 hour and 15 minutes to answer them all – but you don’t have to use all of this time.

You’ll read the question carefully and select one answer by pressing the touchscreen or using the mouse. You won’t see on-screen if the answer is correct or not, as it will just move on to the next question.

If you get to a question you aren’t sure about, you can ‘flag’ it by choosing the flag option at the top of the screen and come back to the flagged questions at the end – giving you a bit longer to work out the answer.

Similarly, you can also go back to any previous questions and change your answers at any time before you finish the test.

To pass this section successfully, you will need to score at least 85 out of 100.

Hazard perception test

Before this section of the test starts, you’ll see a video explaining how the system works – but if you practice with hazard perception clips, it will be much the same.

You’ll see 19 CGI clips that feature everyday scenes of roadways in the UK – mimicking what you may see while out driving – and have 60 minutes to complete the test.

Each clip will include 1 developing hazard that you need to identify, and one clip will feature 2 hazards. The sooner you spot the hazards, the more points you will get, with a range of 0-5 possible points per clip.

The DVSA defines a developing hazard as ‘something that would cause you to take action, like changing speed or direction.’

When you click, a small red flag will appear at the bottom of the screen, marking your response while the clip continues.

You will not lose points for clicking at an incorrect time, but you must not click continuously or in a pattern as this will be viewed as an attempt at cheating and you will score 0 for that clip.

You also will not be able to go back and redo any of the clips. Not to worry though, if you miss a few clips or only spot the hazard very late– you can still get enough points to pass, so try to start with a clean slate for every clip and stay calm.

To pass this section, you will need to score a minimum of 67 out of 100.

What to take with you for your test?

On test day, you will need to take 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, you should bring your paper licence and a valid passport instead – if you don’t bring these documents, you will not be able to attempt your theory test and will need to pay for another.

You should also bring a bottle of water and make sure you have had a good meal to help you concentrate.

You shouldn’t take anything except your ID, your locker key, and a bottle of water into the room with you – you can store everything else in the lockers provided.


HGV Training Network has incredibly high pass rates for all courses and immediate starts available for all LGV or HGV driver training – allowing you to get out on the open road sooner rather than later.*  


What is the procedure for test day?

Test day is much the same for everyone. While there are DVSA staff there to help you, it can be reassuring to know what to expect.

Once you arrive at the test centre, you will stow away your belongings in a locker. You will need to take your ID, key, and water with you, ensuring your phone is turned off and locked away. There will be toilet facilities available and it’s best to use these before you go in.

You will then move to the main waiting space and check in, showing your ID and signing a declaration ready to take your test. After, you’ll wait in the waiting room before you are called in by name and shown to the computer room for the test.

Once in the computer room, you will be asked to empty your pockets and DVSA staff will check your ears for hidden communication devices, ensuring people can’t cheat during the test. They will then recap the rules of the tests and show you to your computer station.

You will then take the test.

*Want to know more about the HGV theory test? Got questions about HGV driving overall? Simply get in touch with HGV Training Network today and one of our expert team members will be in touch to answer any questions you have.*

HGVTN top test tips

It is very important that you don’t leave anything in your pockets or try to wear earphones before you go through to take your test, so ensure you check before you close your locker.

DVSA staff cannot help you with any aspect of the test, but they can help if you are struggling with controls, so just raise your hand if you need help using the computer.

Book your tests and get started with revision nice and early so you don’t feel under pressure or stressed.

Utilise a mix of online and offline revision and be sure to check out the following DVSA books, which will correspond with the questions asked.  

·        The Highway Code

·        Know your traffic signs

·        The Official DVSA Guide to Driving Goods Vehicles or The Official DVSA Guide to Driving Buses and Coaches (depending on your chosen career)

Get test ready with HGVTN

Every learner who signs up with HGVTN will have access to free online theory practice software, designed to ensure you pass first time. This is completed on a smartphone, tablet, or computer, so will also build up your familiarity with the mechanics of the test, helping you to feel more relaxed on the day.For more information, or to start your HGV training journey, reach out to us today. You can call us on 0800 254 5007, email us at, or fill out our quick enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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How to prepare for your LGV theory test

If you’re planning on becoming an LGV driver, you’ve already made a great decision that’ll set you on a new and exciting career path.

But to become an LGV driver, you’ll need to pass all the relevant tests, so you can head out on the open road safe in the knowledge you’re a fully-qualified driver with the skills you need to succeed.

Much like your standard driving tests, you’ll need to pass an LGV theory test, too, if you want to drive these vehicles professionally.

In this blog, we’ll look at the steps involved in preparing for your LGV theory test, the things you need to do, and what your LGV theory test will consist of, so you can be as prepared as possible to pass first time.

How is the LGV theory test set up?

The LGV theory test is made up of two parts:

  • 1a: Multiple choice test
  • 1b: Hazard perception test

You can take both sections of the tests at different times, if you like. But if you don’t complete both parts within 24 months of each other, you will have to redo them.

To pass the hazard perception test, you’ll need to score a minimum of 67 out of 100. For the theory test, you need a pass mark of 85 out of 100.

If you pass both sections, you’ll be presented with an LGV theory test certificate which you can then use to book your practical test. But you’ll also need to pass your CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) qualification if you want to drive professionally.

The best way to practice for your LGV theory test

To give you the best chance of passing your LGV theory test the first time, HGV Training Network offers all our learners the chance to revise using our DVSA Theory Test Software.

If you remember practicing for your first driving theory test when you were learning to drive, you may be familiar with the type of software used, depending on your age.

The hazard perception revision is a digital simulation consisting of video clips of occurrences you’re likely to encounter when out on the road. The software will ask you to make a response during the situation, which will go towards your overall score.

All the revision tools you’ll find at HGV Training Network are monitored and kept up to date with the latest standards as set by the DVSA, meaning you’ll always be studying the most relevant material for your test.

You’ll also be able to revise LGV theory test questions, using questions from the official Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, so you know you’ll be answering the questions and topics that will appear on your actual test.

Because the software is available to use for anyone with a computer (or similar device like a tablet or smart phone) and an internet connection, you can revise for your LGV theory test from the comfort of your own home. 


HGV Training Network has 52 official training centres throughout the UK, so no matter where you live you’ll always be within a reasonable distance of one, so you can complete your learning and revision without needing to travel endless miles every week. 

Other ways you can prepare for your LGV theory test

The LGV hazard perception test is arguably the most intimidating part of the LGV theory test process. This is because, unlike the multiple-choice section, the reaction times of those taking the test come into play, so it’s not a black-and-white answer scenario.

Those who fail their LGV theory test usually let themselves down on the hazard perception test, which is why a lot of focus is given to this section during revision.

*Want to know more about the LGV theory test or LGV driving in general? Get in touch with HGV Training Network today and one of our expert team members will be happy to answer any questions you have.

However, beyond revising with our official software, there are other ways you can improve your perception of hazards and sharpen your reaction times.

For example, there are plenty of examples on YouTube of similar test scenarios you can use to improve your reaction times so that you can do a better job than expected during your actual test.

These videos won’t be the exact same as the ones you’ll be presented with in your LGV theory test, but they’ll present you with similar scenarios you can use to perfect your timing.

Riding as a passenger in real-life drives is also a clever way to learn how to spot a developing hazard.

As you move, keep your eyes peeled for cars pulling out, people spontaneously walking across the road and similar hazards you’d expect to find on the hazard perception test.

Eventually, you’ll become such a natural at spotting these hazards in the world that the real test will feel like second nature to you.

Book your LGV theory test today with HGV Training Network

If you’re ready to move forward with your LGV training, it’s time to book your LGV theory test and begin your revision.

We also offer plenty of other qualifications, like the chance to take your PCV theory test and HGV theory test, depending on what vehicles you want to drive.

At HGV Training Network, we’ll provide you with all the tools you need to pass your test with flying colours, taking you one step closer to driving large vehicles professionally.

*Get in touch with HGV Training Network today if you’re ready to book, or to speak with a driving expert about what you need to do next. 

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How long is the HGV hazard perception test?

If you’re considering a professional HGV driving career, you’ll need to undertake a theory test during the process. 

This assessment evaluates your knowledge of the road and includes an interactive hazard perception test – but what does it involve, and how long do you have to complete it?

What is the HGV theory test? 

The HGV theory test is made up of two parts, the multiple-choice questions and the hazard perception test.

You’ll complete 100 multiple-choice questions first, followed by the hazard perception test, completed on-screen at your local driving theory test centre. It’s vital to point out that you must pass your theory test before you can book your practical test.

To pass your theory, you must reach a minimum pass mark of 85/100 on the multiple-choice, and 67/100 on the hazard perception. 

What is the HGV hazard perception segment?

The HGV hazard perception test is part of the HGV theory test, designed to assess your reactions to developing dangers on the road. 

The DVLA defines a hazard as anything that forces you to change your speed or take immediate action to avoid an accident. Passing the hazard perception demonstrates that you:

  • Are aware of the hazards you may encounter whilst driving
  • Know how to react to them before they develop into an accident
  • Have sufficiently fast reactions to such hazards to stop them developing 

What’s included in the hazard perception test?

After answering your multiple-choice questions, the hazard perception will start. The instructions outlining how to use the software will appear beforehand, such as clicking your mouse when you first spot a hazard. It will also warn you that repeatedly clicking will lead you to fail the test.

Then, the test will start – you’ll be shown 19 video clips to respond to, each lasting 60 seconds. The format is standard across all the videos, with various hazards shown from the driver’s perspective. 18 of the clips contain one hazard while 1/19 contains two, meaning you’ll need to keep alert throughout. 

Examples of the hazards you can expect include:

• Pedestrians suddenly crossing without looking

• Vehicles pulling out onto the main road suddenly

• Hazardous driving conditions, such as icy roads

• Cyclists who don’t indicate

• Emergency vehicles

• HGVs and tractors obstructing your view ahead

The more mock hazard perception tests you complete in the run up to your test, the better. Being well practised ensures you will be more confident at identifying hazards, will be familiar with the test formatting, and means you will know what to expect when you take your real test – helping you feel more relaxed and less stressed. 

How long do I have to complete the HGV hazard perception test? 

You’ll have two hours to complete the theory test: one hour and 15 minutes are dedicated to the multiple-choice section, whilst 45 minutes are allocated to the hazard perception. 

Get in touch with the HGV Training Network today

Eager to embark on a new and exciting life on the road? If so, our experts can help you to gain your HGV licence.

At HGV Training Network, we’ll provide you with all the materials you need to pass your test confidently, including free DVLA online theory test software, bringing you closer to driving HGVs professionally.

Get in touch with HGV Training Network today if you’re ready to book a place on one of our bespoke driving courses or to speak with a driving specialist about what you need to do next. 

Call HGV Training Network today on 0800 254 5007 if you’re ready to book, or browse one of our 50 UK locations to find one that suits you.

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What HGV license do I need first?

If you are considering a career driving HGVs, you’ll need a different licence from the one you have to get out and about in your family car.

But which will you need to get your HGV journey out of the depot and onto the road?

Explore our handy guide which will give you all the ins and out about which HGV licence you’ll need to get started.

Are there different types of HGV licences?

HGV licences come in three varieties, which correspond to three different vehicle weights:

•                 The 7.5 Ton Cat C1 licence

•                 The Class 2 Cat C licence

•                 The Class 1 Cat C + E licence

Each licence gives you the qualification needed to drive only that weight of vehicle, so if you wish to drive the largest, heaviest vehicles, you will need to progress through each until you reach the largest – the Cat C + E licence.

What can you drive on each HGV licence?

In order to drive such large vehicles, you will need a specific licence type – which is explored below in more detail.

The 7.5 Ton Cat C1 licence

If you are looking to drive rigid vehicles weighing between 3.5 tonnes and 7.5 tonnes, sometimes called final mile lorries, this licence is for you.

On this licence you can also drive ambulances, some removal vehicles, supermarket delivery vehicles, and horseboxes.

It is important to note that if you gained your Cat B (car) licence before 1st January 1997, you don’t need to add any further entitlement to your licence to drive a vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes – as you will have what is called Grandfather rights.

These Grandfather rights stop people from losing their jobs, in this case driving jobs, as the rules change. It ensures current drivers are deemed safe until proven otherwise because they have been performing the skill (driving a vehicle up to 7.5 tonnes) for some time.

If you got your licence on 2nd January 1997 or later, you would have to pass the C1 test to gain the entitlement to your licence.

Similarly, if you wish to drive Cat 1, or any large vehicles explored below professionally, no matter when you passed your test, you will need to pass the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).


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The Class 2 Cat C licence

For vehicles over 7.5 tonnes with rigid bases that do not exceed 32 tonnes, including a trailer weighing up to 750kg, you will need a Cat C licence.

These lorries are best for driving on larger roads and generally make local and domestic deliveries.

Drivers on this licence are also qualified to drive fire engines, large removal trucks, and refuse or recycling lorries, as well as anything from the 7.5 Ton Cat C1 licence.

The Class 1 Cat C + E licence

If you dream of cruising in the largest vehicles on UK roads, you’ll need a Cat C + E licence – which includes all articulated vehicles of up to 44 tonnes with a detachable trailer.

Articulated HGVs are usually used for longer haul, motorway routes in the UK but can travel across Europe and the continents of the world making deliveries and picking up orders – so are perfect for drivers with an itch to explore and no commitments at home.

With this licence, you can drive drawbar or articulated vehicles, any vehicles above 7.5 tonnes, tractors with a long trailer, and anything from the 7.5 Ton Cat C1 licence and the Class 2 Cat C licence.

*Want to know more about the HGV theory and practical tests? Got questions about getting started?

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Recent government changes to the Class 1 Cat C + E test and licence

At the time of publication, new rules currently in place as of November 15th 2021, apply directly to HGV trainees learning to drive Cat C and Cat C + E lorries.

These changes mean that you now don’t have to pass the Class 2 Cat C test to move onto the Cat C + E licence if you have a provisional lorry licence.

You can move straight from gaining your 7.5 Ton Cat C1 licence to training and gaining your Class 1 Cat C + E licence – which can save some HGV drivers valuable time.

However, if you don’t want to drive articulated lorries and are happier in a Cat C rigid lorry, you don’t need to – instead, simply complete the training and test for vehicles on the Class 2 Cat C licence.

Contact HGVTN today to get your HGV licence

Looking to trade the 9-5 for the open road and career freedom?

With almost endless career options for professional drivers and the ability to gain your HGV licence from HGVTN in as little as a few weeks (if you have drivers experience) or around 5-6 weeks for those without – you’ll soon be packing up your desk and getting out into the world.

What are you waiting for get started with HGV Training?

Call HGV Training Network today on 0800 254 5007 if you’re ready to book, or browse one of our 50 UK locations to find one that suits you.

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How long does it take to train as an HGV driver?

Considering a change of career? Are you bored and uninspired by your current job and want to expand your horizons?

Retraining as an HGV or LGV driver opens up an exciting new occupation, with plentiful job opportunities, a fantastic work-life balance, and a great starting salary. 

So, how long does it take to train as an HGV driver? Read on to find out once and for all. 

How long is the process from start to finish?

To complete every step, we expect it will take you around 2-3 months to retrain as an HGV driver.

This means that it is possible to be ready for your new career in no time at all!

However, as some of the drivers we train have already started the process, it could be even quicker again depending on how many of the stages you have completed historically. 

Step One: Complete the D2 and D4 forms

The very first step of HGV training includes filling in your D2 and D4 application forms, which are available from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) and in your Welcome pack when you book the course. Your dedicated HGVTN Training Coordinator will help you with this and will also arrange your medical test on your behalf. 

The D2 application form puts the correct lorry entitlement on your license as a learner – allowing you to begin your HGV training. You will then take your D4 form to your medical test to be passed as medically fit to drive a large road vehicle. 

Your medical test simply includes assessing your eyesight and blood pressure, as well as your general health, so it is nothing to be nervous about. 

How long will this take? 

HGVTN can book medical tests on your behalf in as little as 3-4 days. We would advise that you use this time while you wait for your appointment to revise for your theory tests and fill out the paperwork for your D2 application – allowing you to use your time effectively. 

Once the D2 and D4 forms have been completed and sent off with your driver’s licence, the DVLA can take between 1-3 weeks to process your licence and return it to you. 

Step Two: Revise for and complete your theory test

Just like obtaining a driving licence for a car, there is a theoretical component of the testing you need to pass to gain your HGV licence. 

You should aim to start your theory revision as soon as you can, which when partnered with HGVTN’s online theory test software – will ensure you are ready to pass your test in no time. 

The test comes in three parts and includes multiple-choice questions, a hazard perception test, and a CPC Module 2 case studies test. 

How long will this take?

How long this stage takes is up to you, as you should only take the theory tests when you feel ready and confident that you will pass. This means that for some it could take a few weeks, and for others, a few months. 

However, it is important to remember that you don’t need to wait for your D2 and D4 paperwork to be complete before you start revising. You can start this as early as you would like which will help you to speed up the process if you want to get out on the open road sooner rather than later.

Step Three: Commence practical training and take your practical test 

This next stage involves beginning your 5-day intensive driving course in the run-up to your practical test. 

This takes place over 5 days, starting on Monday morning, and culminating on Friday afternoon with your practical test. 

 The practical test includes vehicle safety questions and 1 hour of road driving, including 10 minutes of independent driving where you must make decisions without the assistance of your driving examiner. 

Your week of practical HGV training from HGVTN will allow you to navigate confidently and capably on the roads while answering the vehicle safety questions – just as you did during your car driving test. 

Our high-quality and experienced instructors will work one-on-one with you during the week to prepare you for your practical test – ensuring you can drive safely, show awareness, and anticipate other road users while dealing with hazards.  

How long will this take?

This part of your HGV driver journey will be completed in one working week, from Monday to Friday, inclusive. 

Part Four: CPC tests 

This last stage of the process includes achieving your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification – something much of the industry now insists on if you are to drive professionally. 

This extra qualification has been introduced to improve road safety and maintain high standards of driving, which is essential given the size and weight of the HGVs on the road. 

The CPC qualification is made up of two modules, named Module 2 and 4, which are completed alongside your theory tests and practical training respectively. 

Module 2 is theoretical and involves answering multiple-choice questions on a computer – HGVTN offers all students access to our CPC theory training software to allow you to practice and revise for this test. 

Module 4 is practical but does not include driving. Instead, it focuses on demonstrating skills that HGV drivers will rely on when working, including checking vehicle loading, using restraining devices to secure a load, and checking the vehicle is roadworthy before entering a public highway. 

Once completed and passed, drivers will be issued their initial DQC which is valid for 5 years. When this has elapsed, drivers must undertake further periodic driver CPC training – 35 hours every 5 years. 

How long does this take? 

The Module 2 test is completed while you sit your theory tests, meaning that you don’t have to spend time commuting back and forth from the theory test centre throughout your training. 

The Module 4 test will be booked in for you during your practical training week, which means that when you complete your practical test on the Friday afternoon you will have all of the qualifications you need to start your new career! 

Choose HGVTN for HGV training no matter your location 

With 50 locations across the country, an experienced team of professional instructors, and full accreditation from all industry bodies including Logistics UK, there is no better option for HGV training than HGV Training Network. 

To get your new career on the road, reach out to us today. You can call us on 0800 254 5007, email us at, or fill out our quick enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 

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How to pass your HGV theory test

Passing your HGV theory test is the same as any other qualification – it requires dedication, the correct learning materials, and support from seasoned HGV training experts.

Our experienced professionals have composed a handy blog filled with tips that will help you pass your HGV theory test and bring you one step closer to a new, rewarding life on the road.

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How the HGV theory test works

Your HGV theory test consists of two sections: multiple choice and hazard perception.

You’ll have 1 hour and 15 minutes to complete 100 questions and must answer 85 questions or more correctly – this may seem like a lot; however, it helps to ensure that those passing their tests will be confident and safe road users.

Secondly, you’ll need to complete a hazard perception test – a series of 19 video clips testing your ability to spot developing hazards that require you to act e.g., changing speed and direction if a larger vehicle is approaching down a tight road. 

Simply click your mouse as soon as you notice a hazard developing – you can earn up to 5 points for each video and need 67 out of 100 points to pass.

Want to speak to our dedicated experts about the HGV theory test? Call us on 08002 545 007  for more information.

Tried and tested tips for passing your HGV theory test

1. Become familiar with the HGV training theory test topics

You’ll be quizzed on several topics focusing on different aspects of HGV driving, just like a standard driving test. Some of the subjects include but aren’t limited to:

• Vehicle weight and dimensions

• Braking systems

• The driver

• Road & traffic signs

• Road conditions

• Vehicle condition

• Vehicle loading

You’ll find all the information and resources you need in the official revision materials outlined by the DVSA which includes eLearning and books. Or use the software provided by HGVTN to save you time and money. 

2. Revise, revise, and revise!

Don’t leave it to chance – the more you revise and research, the more educated you’ll become on the information required to pass your HGV theory test, making the exam easier.

There’s no correct way to revise, as we all learn differently, so pick whichever method best suits you! You could use an app (ask one of our training coordinators for more guidance), textbooks and notes, flashcards or watch educational videos.

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3. Take plenty of practice tests

Blindly taking your theory test without practising beforehand will likely end in failure as you won’t be familiar with the test format and conditions.

To ensure you’re fully prepared for the real deal and that there are no surprises, we recommend completing as many practice tests as possible under test conditions. 

You’ll have 1 hour and 15 minutes for your multiple-choice questions and 45 minutes for the hazard perception part of the test – so ensure you complete your practice theory test within this time frame in complete silence without revision materials. 

Did you know? – It’s proven that taking practice tests improves your ability to recall information down the line for your real theory test, so there’s a higher chance that you’ll pass the first time!

4. Practice your hazard perception 

Spotting developing hazards and reacting to them using the software in the test centre can be practised using training videos showing potential real-life incidents occurring on the road.

We advise using trusted software to practice spotting hazards that use a similar format to the exam and conducting your own research around potential hazards on the road.

5. Have faith in your driving

Finally, the most valuable advice we can offer is to believe in yourself. You’re more capable than you think, and if you follow our helpful tips, you will likely pass rather than fail. 

Plus, even if you don’t qualify the first time, you’ll get there soon enough!

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Get in touch with HGV Training Network today

At HGV Training Network, we offer trusted HGV training for those wishing to enter the fulfilling world of professional driving. 

All the instructors we hire have years of real-life experience driving HGVs and will help you to become a safe and confident driver.

To view our list of HGV Training Network’s training centre locations, click here, or for more information about our training packages, call us on 08002 545 007 to speak with our helpful customer service team.

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    Government funding for HGV training ending: What can you do now?

    Government funding for HGV training has allowed thousands of people to take HGV driver training and enter the world of HGV driving as a career.

    Originally announced in 2021, the funding scheme was designed to bring new drivers into the industry, to make up for losses that came about as a result of the pandemic and Brexit.

    Government-funded HGV training courses in 2022 were very popular, which is one of the reasons the government announced it was extending the HGV training funding scheme into 2023. However, it appears that funding is currently set to end and the end of the 2023 academic year.

    Meaning if you want to take a HGV test to become a HGV driver, you’ll need to find alternative solutions if you need a hand with funding your studies.

    Luckily, there are other options available aside from government funding for HGV training…

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    HGV training finance from HGV Training Network

    At HGV Training Network, we’re proud to offer flexible finance solutions to those seeking to become HGV drivers.

    This allows you to pay for your studies in simple monthly instalments.

    Flexible finance options can be a lifesaver for those getting behind the wheel of a heavy goods vehicle. They can really take the pressure off and make the experience a lot less overwhelming.

    If you’re thinking about HGV training, finance options could be the solution you’ve been looking for.

    Here are just a few great benefits of learning to drive a HGV through flexible finance.

    Did You Know? You’ll find over 200 5-star reviews for HGVTN from satisfied students on Google… Many of whom took advantage of our flexible finance options!

    Earn your HGV licence without worrying about your bank balance

    A lot of courses expect students to pay the entirety of their tuition upfront.

    That’s why flexible finance for HGV training can be a godsend if you want to enter the world of HGV driving.

    With our HGV training finance, you can get on with your learning without worrying about the state of your bank account.

    Why? Because we don’t make you pay the entirety of your course costs upfront. Instead, you can pay for your HGV training in easy-to-manage monthly installments.

    So you can spread the cost and put the money you’ll save in the short term towards other important payments like household bills.

    Government funding for HGV training

    Pay for your HGV training on a payment schedule that works for you

    Even if you don’t need to pay a ridiculous sum upfront, sometimes people are left in dire straits due to having a bloated credit agreement they know they can’t afford. 

    These are usually made up of things like mobile phone contract payments and insurance costs.

    At HGV Training Network, we know how hard it can be to balance your finances while studying. That’s why we work closely with our students to come up with a payment plan that’s tailored to their budget and schedule. You can be confident that you’ll never have to pay more than you can comfortably afford.

    If you’re worried about your HGV class 2 training cost, class 1 training cost, or the cost of training for any other heavy goods vehicle, we’re here to help.

    We’ve partnered with Snap- the UK’s only multi-lender retail finance provider – to bring you payment options you can fit around your current finances.

    If you’re eligible, you could even stretch your payment plan across a massive 36 months, if that works for you, giving you plenty of time to pay everything back.

    While we can’t offer a finance agreement to every prospective HGV learner, most people are more than suitable.

    Our eligibility rules are in place not only for our benefit but for yours, so you don’t sign up for an agreement that you’re not able to follow.

    All we ask is that you:

    • Are at least 18 years old.
    • Have a regular income of £200 per week.
    • Are a permanent UK resident and have lived in the UK for at least 3 years.
    • Have a UK bank account capable of accepting Direct Debits.
    • Have a good credit history with no recent defaults or late payments.
    • Have no active debt relief orders, County Court Judgments(CCJs), Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVAs) or bankruptcies.
    • Provide an email address so your documentation can be emailed to you.

    Easy enough, right? If you’d like more of a visual example, we have an outline of what your payment plan could look like on our HGV Finance page, so you know exactly how things will work.

    If you want help with financing for HGV training and are eligible, get in touch to talk about how we can help.

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    Get a decision on your HGV training finance in minutes, not days

    Applying for a finance agreement can be a ridiculously drawn-out process in some cases.

    Most lenders are so busy (or inefficient) they can take forever and a day to get back to you, even if you’ve dedicated a lot of time and resources to filling out your finance application to a tee.

    This doesn’t work for people who need a decision on their eligibility quickly, especially if there are other options on the table.

    You wouldn’t bother waiting for someone dragging their feet when you can get a decision made straight away, right?

    That’s why we’re proud to offer our HGV training finance options through Snap. When you apply for a finance agreement with HGV Training Network, you won’t need to wait days or weeks for a response.

    With us, you’ll usually know if you’re accepted within a few minutes. So, don’t worry, you’ll have a speedy answer and can start training with us sooner rather than later.

    Want to pay back your loan early? Unlike other lenders, you won’t face a penalty with HGV Training Network

    Sometimes, we can agree to pay back a consistent figure in a finance agreement every month, but it can be useful for our own finances (and peace of mind) to pay back a larger figure than usual.

    This could happen if you come into some money unexpectedly, or have a better financial month than the previous one and have some spare cash lying around.

    There can be a catch, though. Some lenders penalise their customers for paying back part or all of their loans early – a common practice amongst mortgage and credit lenders.

    But with HGV Training Network, we won’t ever punish you for wanting to pay back your finance earlier than expected. Meaning you could clear your outstanding balance much quicker than expected.

    If anything, paying back early shows you’re a reliable student who is happy to pay for the costs of your learning. So why would we ever punish you for that?

    Pay for your HGV training with flexible finance options at HGV Training Network

    If all of the above sounds like the right move for your HGV training, get in touch with HGV Training Network today.

    Call 0800 254 5007 and let’s get the ball rolling. Or, you can head to our Finance page here and get a fast quote for your HGV training on finance.

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      How HGV training programmes teach you about avoiding speeding fines

      When driving a large goods vehicle, it’s important to take extra care on the roads. Not only are they bigger and heavier than other vehicles, but they can also be subject to more strict speed limits. If you’re caught speeding in a lorry or van, you could face hefty fines and potential licence disqualification. That’s why all drivers of large goods vehicles must receive proper training to help them stay safe and legal while on the road. Let’s take a look at how HGV training programmes can teach you about avoiding speeding fines.

      Speed limits for large goods vehicles

      The first step in avoiding speeding fines is understanding the speed limit for your vehicle. This can vary depending on whether you’re driving on a motorway or single-carriageway road, as well as what type of vehicle you’re in. For example, HGVs weighing over 7500kg are limited to 50mph on single-carriageway roads and 60mph on dual-carriageways and motorways, which is lower than the national speed limit for cars (70mph). HGV training programmes cover all of this information so that drivers understand the rules before they get out on the road.

      Enforcing speeding fines

      It’s not just understanding the speed limits that will help you avoid fines – it’s also knowing how these limits are enforced. For instance, HGVs may be subject to average speed cameras – these measure your average speed over a certain area or route rather than one specific point – as well as roadside police checks. HGV training programmes cover all of these enforcement methods so that drivers understand when and where they might be checked for speeding offences. 

      HGV training programme for large goods vehicles

      In addition to teaching drivers about speed limits and enforcement methods, HGV training courses also focus on other ways to stay safe and legal while driving large goods vehicles. For instance, drivers will learn how to conduct regular maintenance checks which ensure their vehicles remain in good working order throughout their journey. They will also learn how to carry out pre-journey checks which help them plan routes safely. And finally, they may learn about statutory rest breaks which keep both themselves and other road users safe while they travel long distances. All of these topics are covered in detail during HGV training programmes so that drivers have full knowledge of what is expected of them when behind the wheel. 

      In short, HGV training programmes provide comprehensive coverage of everything related to staying safe and legal while driving a large goods vehicle. Through classroom instruction and practical driving experience, drivers learn about relevant speed limits, enforcement methods, maintenance checks, pre-journey planning, rest breaks, and more – all topics that are vital for avoiding expensive speeding fines and potentially ending your career as an HGV driver. Ultimately, completing an HGV training programme helps ensure safe journeys for both truckers and other road users alike.

      Thanks for taking the time to read our large goods vehicle blog post; we hope you enjoyed it. If you did enjoy what you read today, consider reading more of our HGV Training blogs like this one: Get your HGV licence with HGV training. In the coming weeks, we will have a lot more content to share with you. We would love to connect with you and share more of what we are up to with you.

      There are many other places to find us online, including Twitter: @HGVTrainingNetwork, Facebook: @HGVTrainingNetwork, and LinkedIn: @HGVTrainingNetwork.

      Take the first step towards a rewarding driving career today by registering with HGV Training Network today

      If you are interested in starting a career in trucking with HGV Training Network, we can help you with that. We offer a FREE consultation and quote for training, so if you want to learn more about what we provide, contact us. Our experts are ready to help you find the right course for you.

      If you would like to reach us by phone, please call 0800 254 5007 or 0203 869 9001, or you can email us at .

      HGV Training Network – A leading provider of HGV training in the UK

      We are HGV Training Network, the UK’s leading company for HGV training for large goods vehicle drivers. We provide training for HGV drivers and operators throughout the UK. Whether you’re a new applicant or an experienced professional, we have training available for all levels of drivers. With a team of experienced and knowledgeable personnel on hand, as well as flexible payment options available, we’re proud to offer competitive prices and services.

      If you are searching for answers about HGVs, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our FAQs for all the information you need

      Can you tell me how I can get a job driving heavy goods vehicles?

      To become a driver of a HGV vehicle, there are a few ways to go about it. If you want to obtain your HGV licence, you have different options: you can go to a driving school, become an intern at a company and work your way up the ladder, or you can be hired by a trucking company as a driver and then be trained in-house by them.

      Regardless of the route you choose, if you intend to drive an HGV in the future, you will need to pass both a theory test and a practical driving test in order to become certified as a HGV driver. You’ll find that the theory test will cover topics such as vehicle safety, UK traffic laws, and hours of service regulations. An HGV practical driving test is more tailored to trucks than the normal UK driving test and is one that will assess your ability to drive safely and securely in a heavy goods vehicle.

      What is the cost of becoming an HGV driver in the UK?

      It is difficult to give a definitive answer to this question because it can depend on several factors, such as the type of training provider you choose and the level of certification you aim to achieve. Please contact us if you would like to receive a free quote from one of our employees. Upon receiving your request, we can provide you with a detailed explanation of the various types of training and the costs associated with them so that you can make an informed decision.

      What is the length of training for HGV drivers?

      The first step is to attend and complete an authorised training course. The duration will depend on the type of HGV licence you’re aiming to get. Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of competence will be presented to you. A medical examination and a driving test must then be passed for you to be awarded a full licence for driving heavy goods vehicles. It may take 8 weeks or more to complete this process.

      So in total, it usually takes around 6-12 weeks to become a fully qualified HGV driver.

      Is it worth becoming a HGV driver in 2023 if you have no experience in the field?

      It is well worth becoming an HGV driver in the coming year. A shortage of HGV drivers exists in the UK at the moment, and the situation is only set to worsen. Therefore, there are plenty of job opportunities for HGV drivers, and they can expect good pay and benefits.

      Also, you will find the job interesting and challenging, and you will be able to travel around the country as a result. HGV driving is a great career choice if you’re in search of something that offers you plenty of opportunities and rewards, as well as a steady income.

      Is driving an HGV a difficult task?

      It takes a lot of practice in order to become a safe driver of an HGV, but driving an HGV itself is relatively easy.

      There is no doubt that practising in a safe and controlled environment is the biggest benefit when it comes to learning to drive a heavy-duty truck. Before you hit the road, make sure you are completely comfortable with the truck. Please keep in mind that large vehicles take longer to stop, so always give yourself plenty of space when driving around smaller vehicles. Make sure you stay alert at all times and are aware of the surroundings around you. When operating a large vehicle, safety is of the utmost importance.

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