7.5 Tonne Driver Training

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7.5 Tonne Driver Training Surrey

EP Training was the first HGV training company in Surrey to offer C1, 7.5 tonne driver training. Since then literally thousands of happy customers have trained and gained their C1 licence via EP!

With locations in Addlestone, Guildford, Leatherhead and now Cranleigh, West Sussex, EP Training has your area covered.

You can be assured when you train with EP you will receive the best training possible on new and well maintained vehicles.

For more info on the C1 licence please read below:

If you require a licence to drive a goods vehicle in excess of 3.5 tonnes but not more than 7,500 kg then a C1 licence is what you need.

A C1 licence is categorised as a 7.5 tonne, also known as Medium Goods Vehicle (MGV).

It’s worth noting if you passed your car driving test before 1.1.1997 you will already have C1 entitlement, via grandfather rights.

Although the C1 is not an HGV or LGV, a vocational licence must still be obtained. This means you will need to undergo a medical, apply for the provisional licence, pass several theories and finally a C1 driving test.

EP Training is on hand to manage your process every step of the way.  For example, they will:

  • Arrange your medical with them at their centre in Great Bookham
  • Supply all the provisional licence application forms, as well as check and send all documents to the DVLA
  • Provide theory tuition and book all theory tests (Module 1)
  • Deliver your driver training in a new vehicle (Module 3)
  • Arrange your Driver CPC, Module 2 and 4 (if applicable)

Typically the duration from medical to final driving test is 8 weeks, however there are variables in this process that can cause delays. For example, receiving your provisional entitlement back from the DVLA in a timely manner, passing theory tests etc.

New entrants to the industry have the choice as to whether to obtain the C1 or Cat C (HGV).  If your intention is to become a lorry driver then we strongly advise you leapfrog the C1 and go direct for the C.

If you are wishing to obtain the C1, for example, to become an ambulance driver or drive your own 7.5 tonne horsebox then we suggest you just go for the 7.5 tonnes and not the Cat C.   The reason for this is it is more straightforward to pass your driving test in a C1 rather than a C. The HGV used for Cat C is a much larger vehicle than the little C1 and is much more challenging to manoeuvre.

Driver CPC

Driver CPC, both Initial and Periodic is applicable to “professional” drivers of goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, therefore if you are being paid to drive a C1 then you will require CPC.

Not everyone needs Driver CPC and we advise you Google “Driver CPC Exemptions” to determine if this qualification applies to you

If Driver CPC is required then this will consist of an additional theory and practical test. This is also known as Module 2 and 4.

  • Module 2 is a case study theory test that can be sat and passed whist you are attaining the multi choice and hazard perception.
  • Module 4 is a practical demonstration test that will be completed after your driving test, on a separate day.

Both modules are extremely straight forward to pass. Once Modules 2 and 4 have been passed you will receive a Driver CPC card that is valid for 5 years. You will then be subject to Periodic Driver CPC training, 35 hours every 5 years.

Whether you want to do the whole C1 Licence process from medical to driving test or just the driving, EP Training can provide the solution! Rest assured you are in good hands. Just check out EP’s reviews on the internet and see why they are rated as one of the best at what they do.

Please see below for the options. All courses can be booked online via their secure website. Alternatively give them a call and speak with an expert today.

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Option 1: C1 and Driver CPC


This option will provide you with a full C1 driving licence and a DQC.

Price is inclusive of tuition, VAT and test fees.

This is a popular course for drivers wishing to gain C1 and drive the vehicle professionally.  This option comprises everything, including the medical and theory tests, theory tuition, 3 days driver training and also the Driver CPC qualification. Typically this option will take 8 weeks from start to finish.

EP Training is going to assist you throughout. The costs quoted above include the following:

  • A medical assessment (this takes no more than 15-20 mins and is undertaken at EP Training’s training centre in Great Bookham, Surrey).
  • Whilst the medical is being completed we shall also complete the provisional licence application and forward to DVLA.
  • Online, official, unlimited theory tuition.
  • 3 theory tests booked at your nearest theory test centre
  • 3 days driving HGV training course delivered in and around the Guildford area, with a driving test booked for the end of your course.
  • 1 day Initial with test (Module 4) Driver CPC training.

Option 2: C1 without Driver CPC


Not everyone needing C1 will also be requiring Driver CPC. As a result EP Training offers the option which allows you to gain C1 without CPC (Modules 2 and 4).

For example, ambulance drivers/paramedics do NOT require Driver CPC as their main occupation is NOT driving commercially.  Also, if you only want to obtain C1 to use for private use then CPC is NOT required. We advise you search online for “Exemptions to Driver CPC” to find more information on this. It is anticipated that 6-8 weeks will be taken up completing the following:

All prices including test fees and VAT:

  • A short medical with EP Training’s own Doctor in Great Bookham, Surrey. This is expected to only take 20 minutes.
  • All provisional licence application forms completed, checked and forwarded to DVLA.
  • Online, official, unlimited theory tuition.
  • 2 theory tests arranged at your local DVSA theory test centre
  • 3 days driving MGV training course delivered in and around the Guildford area, with a driving test booked for the end of your course.

Option 3: 3 days Driving with Test Fee


If you have already completed your medical, obtained your provisional 7.5 tonnes entitlement and passed the Multi Choice and Hazard Perception (and Not require CPC) then all you need to do is the driving test.

EP Training only uses 7.5 tonne training vehicles that are modern, well maintained and designed specifically to assist you in passing your driving test.

They only train and test in Guildford, Surrey, so all your tuition will be conducted in that area. This means you will be highly acquainted with the test routes before you take your driving test.

The driving test is approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes in duration so suitable preparation is the key to success.

EP boasts a successful pass rate of 81%, much higher than the national average. The 3 days tuition will be spent preparing you for your driving test which will be conducted at the end of your course. EP Training will book your driving test and ensure you arrive in a timely manner ready to get that pass.

Course fees are inclusive of VAT and test fee.

  • 3 day driving course starting at 8am from Great Bookham, Leatherhead, Surrey. Training will be delivered by experienced, friendly and professional instructors using state of the art C1 training vehicles.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency
  • Scottish Qualifications Authority
  • Skills & Education Group
  • FORS - Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme
  • Driver CPC Approved Centre
  • ALLMI - Setting the standards for the Lorry Loader Industry
  • Department for Transport
  • Logistic Skills Network Member