The Category C1 is a vocational licence category which allows the holder to drive heavy goods vehicles between 3.5 tonnes and up to a maximum of 7.5 tonnes. The most common types of vehicles that fall into this category are Horseboxes, Ambulances, skip waggons and other small HGV’s.
Wait – Have you considered Category C?
Gaining your category C licence will automatically give you the C1 licence, the process is exactly the same and the cost difference is nominal. Check out our Category C Training page.
To undertake C1 training you must hold a full UK car (Category B) licence and have applied for your provisional for C1 (see information below regarding a medical).
The medical is part of your application for a provisional C1 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.
You must pass both the theory and hazard perception tests (Modules 1a & 1b) before you can sit your category C1 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.
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.
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.
The driving lessons for C1 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)
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.
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 C1 on your driving licence.
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.
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 £1370 if you needed all the elements detailed above. It is also possible to arrange to pay this balance in stages.
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. Hover over the Ambulance and click add to basket to pay your deposit for C1 Training.
*(Those of you who are wishing to drive for the ambulance service will not need to study for your Initial CPC qualification)