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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!Read More
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, 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.
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For information on cost and availability please contact us on 01372 450 800.