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Category C

What is Category C Training?

The Category C is a vocational licence category which allows the holder to drive rigid heavy goods vehicles between 7.5 tonnes and up to a maximum of 32 tonnes. The most common types of vehicles that fall into this category are Tippers, Box waggons, Curtain-siders, Flatbeds and other medium HGV’s. 

Wait – Have you considered Category C+E?

One thing to consider before you go any further is going direct for a category C+E licence instead. Gaining your category C+E licence will automatically give you the C licence, the process is exactly the same however you will need longer on the practical training as this is a big jump up to the 44 tonne articulated vehicle. Check out our Category C+E Training page.

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Who is eligible to undertake C Training?

To undertake C training you must hold a full UK car (Category B) licence and have applied for your provisional for C (see information below regarding a medical).

What is involved in the training?

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Driver Medical

The medical is part of your application for a provisional C licence. It is a short appointment with a doctor and consists of an eyesight test, blood pressure test and some simple questions about your health. Our team will take care of everything for you including arranging the appointment and helping with the paperwork.

Theory & Hazard Perception Tests

You must pass both the theory and hazard perception tests (Modules 1a & 1b) before you can sit your category C driving test. They are nothing to worry about and are just like the ones you may have done when you sat your car test. We will also give you access to online study material and mock tests to make sure you are fully prepared.

CPC Module 2 (only if driving professionally)

Done at the same time as your theory and hazard perception tests if you need it. When you book one of our advisors will be able to talk through if you need this or not.

CPC Module 4 (only if driving professionally)

As above this may only be required if you are going to be a professional driver. The module 4 CPC training and tests will be completed during your time at our training centre. As an approved DVSA Module 4 test centre we are able to conduct these tests in house saving you time and money.

Practical Training

The driving lessons for C consist of:

Four 4 hour lessons, and one hour long lesson before the test and vehicle hire for the practical driving test

During your lessons you will cover all the skills you need to pass both of your practical tests (Parts 3a and 3b – See Below)

Off Road Manoeuvres Test (Part 3a)

The off road section of your driving test is a simple reverse manoeuvre undertaken at our dedicated off road training centre. As an approved DVSA Module 3a test centre we are able to conduct these tests in house saving you time and money.

On Road Driving Test (Part 3b)

This is your actual driving test which will be taken at a DVSA test centre and conducted by a DVSA examiner. Once you pass this test you gain the category C on your driving licence.

How long does it take to complete C driver training?

The practical training side only takes 1 week to complete however the whole process often takes 6 -8 weeks depending upon a number of factors.

Firstly the gaining your provisional relies upon the speed of the DVLA returning your licence after you complete your medical and this is usually 2-4 weeks, but don’t worry you can use this time to study for your theory and hazard perception.

Once your licence is back we can book you in for the theory tests and this depends upon the availability in your chosen location but is normally around 2 weeks.

Finally we would book you in for the practical training and tests which would be around 2-3 weeks after passing your theories.

How much does C driver training cost?

The cost depends upon which of the elements mentioned above you will need but don’t worry you will not need to pay it all at once. You will pay a deposit of £400 which will cover your medical appointment, study material, and all theory tests and allow us to pencil in your practical training and tests at a convenient time.

The remaining balance will be payable before you undertake your driving lessons and practical tests in the vehicle. This balance will a maximum of £1514 if you needed all the elements detailed above. It is also possible to arrange to pay this balance in stages.

How do I book C training with North East Driving School?

Simply pay your deposit online today and our team will be in touch to book your medical and give you all the information you need and get the wheels rolling.

HGV Qualification Procedure

  • Get a Medical
  • Apply for your Provisional
  • Part 1 - HGV Theory & Hazard Perception
  • Part 2 - Driver CPC Module 2 (Case Studies)
  • Part 3A - Reverse Test Manoeuvr
  • Part 3B - Practical Test
  • Part 4 - Driver CPC Module 4 (Practical Demonstration)

Category C1

Learn to drive heavy goods vehicles between 3.5 tonnes and up to a maximum of 7.5 tonnes

Category C

Learn to drive rigid heavy goods vehicles between 7.5 tonnes and up to a maximum of 32 tonnes.

Category C+E

Already qualified in Cat C, now learn to drive articulated heavy goods vehicles up to 44 tonnes.

Category C+E Direct

C+E Direct training is specifically for those who are going from driving a car to gaining a C+E licence.

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