What HGV license do I need?

08-12-2017 11:00

Getting established into a career is never easy. As a young person looking to start your career, have you ever considered HGV driving as a choice? Becoming a professional driver opens doors of opportunity that will enable you to earn an excellent living while building yourself a stable future for you and your family.

So now you’re wondering, what HGV license do I need?

HGV Cat C1 Licence

HGV Cat C1 licence allows you to step up your driving game from a mere car licence to one you can use professionally in even more contexts. Once you have this licence, you can build on it and drive larger vehicles as you work your way through the licence levels, eventually reaching the highest paid jobs. With a HGV Cat C1 licence, you can drive rigid vehicles between 3,5000 and 7,500kg. But if you wanted you wanted to attach a trailer, you would have to upgrade your licence to a CAT C1+E.

HGV Cat C1 licence requirements

To obtain this licence you must be at least 18 years of age, and you must hold a car driving licence. In addition, you’ll need to pass a medical exam showing you’re fit to drive such vehicles professionally.

HGV Cat C Licence

If you’re looking to upgrade your professional driver status, or just want to find out where to start with your HGV driving career, you should be looking at getting your LGV/HGV Cat C licence first. An LGV/HGV Cat C licence is a broad term which covers vehicles over 3500kg and trailers up to 750kg. IT is also known as a Class 2 licence, but both refer to exactly the same qualification. HGV’s driving under this licence are sometimes known as rigid body vehicles, and are the types of lorries you usually see transporting goods across the country or Europe.

HGV Cat C License Requirements

• You must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid car driving licence

• There are some additional steps you then need to take in order to start training, including getting a provisional license, take a medical test and the theory exam.

• To keep your licence current, you should also undertake 35 hours of Periodic CPC training every 5 years.

HGV Cat C+E Licence

If you’re looking to increase your income and enhance your professional HGV driving CV, a step up to an HGV Cat C+E licence/ Class 1 licence is the route to take. Unlike a lower level Cat C licence – the standard for most professional drivers – an HGV Cat C+E allows you to drive a vehicle weighing over 7.5t, that has a detachable or separate trailer. This license is also referred as a Class 1 Licence.

HGV Cat C+E License Requirements

• You must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid car driving licence

• There are some additional steps you then need to take in order to start training, including getting a provisional license, take a medical test and the theory exam.

• To keep your licence current, you should also undertake 35 hours of Periodic CPC training every 5 years.

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