Why get my HGV with EP Training?
There are many organisation out there that currently deliver HGV driver training. Literally 100’s of companies are vying for your money.
Gaining HGV entitlement is a serious investment in both time and money and due diligence MUST be undertaken when spending on such a big ticket item. Although small, Surrey based EP Training is regarded as one of the best training companies in the UK. They have been providing lorry driver training since 1981 and have successfully trained over 30,000 students. EP is continually investing in the best training equipment available to the industry with a fleet of over 20 modern, well maintained trucks. Train with EP and you will get to drive the best kit and be taught by the best instructors the industry has to offer.
They will assist and manage the entire HGV licence acquisition process from start to finish including medical, provisional licence application, theory tuition, theory and driving tests as well as Driver CPC.
Not only do they provide expert driver training. They can also assist you with gaining your ADR, Driver CPC, HIAB, PCV, FLT and Transport Manager qualifications. Once you start your career with EP you won’t want to go anywhere else.
Just type “EP Training Services Reviews” into Google and see why they have more 5 star reviews than ANY other HGV driving school in the UK.
How much do lorry drivers earn?
The remuneration potential for a HGV driver is well above the UK national average with many earning between £35,000 - £55,000 per year. This equally applies to class 2 (cat C) and class one (cat C+E) drivers alike. There are many sectors within the commercial transport industry meaning earning potential and job variation is huge. There has always been a demand for HGV drivers and never more so than now. With the UK leaving the EU it has resulted in many EU drivers returning to their countries of origin to live and work there. Also driving a truck for a living has always been perceived as a job of last resort. Not many young people leave school with ambitions to drive an 18 tonner.
As a result there are simply not enough people to drive enough trucks. When demand outstrips supply the cost of that commodity rises. Hence the huge increase in HGV drivers salary. The employment market for truck drivers is very buoyant. That includes newly qualified LGV drivers.
Yes there are some haulage operators that will require a minimum of 2 years’ experience before taking you on however there are also many consciences employers who are more interested in people with the right attitude and aptitude.
Below are some examples of what HGV drivers earn:
A “dust cart driver” employed by a local council will earn £35,000 a year working Monday to Friday 6am till 1.30 pm. In this instance there is a good work life balance with a fair income. A class 2 (cat C), and Driver CPC licence would be need.
A tipper or skip driver should expect to earn £40,000 a year. A class 2, Driver CPC and Digital Tachograph card is required to preform this role. This can be dirty and demanding work as the location could be a quarry or building site and you will be driving on uneven road surfaces.
A fuel tanker driver will earn up to £60,000 per year. In this instance they would have a class 1, cat C+E licence, ADR, PDP and Driver CPC card. They would also be required to work shift work, typically 4 on and 4 off. This would also include night shifts. A great salary but shift work is not for everyone.
What’s the process in getting an HGV Licence?
Before an HGV licence can be given a provisional HGV licence must be obtained via DVLA. To do this applicants must compete a medical which involves having your blood pressure taken and eyesight checked. It’s a simple undertaking and will only take 10-15 mins to complete.
The medical form and provisional application along with your driving licence in sent to DVLA and should come back within 2 weeks. Please note all provisional entitlement will be found online. It will not show any provisional HGV entitlement on your plastic driving licence.
Once the licence comes back from DVLA theory tests can be booked. If you don’t require Driver CPC then this will comprise of passing the multiple choice and hazard perception only. The Multiple Choice test is 100 questions and at least 85 must be answered correctly. The Hazard Perception test is exactly the same on that you sat for your car theory tests. Passing the Hazard Perception test is very easy as long as you do NOT click to early when you see the hazard occur.
Once theory tests have been taken and passed then the most challenging element of the process begins, i.e the driver training and testing. This is where you learn to drive a truck to the standard required to pass the DVSA driving tests. It’s really not easy but certainly achievable if you listen to your instructor and train with a reputable company, like EP!
Once the driving is passed there is the Driver CPC to finish of. If you did the CPC case study theory test then the Module 4, practical demonstration test has to be completed. This part is only 1 day and will be completed with EP Training at their centre in Bookham Surrey. EP is a DVSA approved Module 4 Testing centre.
How long does it take to get an HGV licence?
The diving part will take anything from 4-8 days depending on what type of HGV licence you want and your ability.
The cat C, rigid, class 2 driver training part will normally take 4 days with your driving tests booked throughout the course, whereas the class 1, artic, draw-bar is anything between 4 and 8 days depending on what you have driven before.
Overall gaining the LGV licence takes 8-12 weeks as there are other thing to pass beforehand. A medical and provisional must be obtained and theory tests must be studied and passed before you get behind the wheel and on the road.
Do I need Driver CPC?
If you are planning to be paid to drive an HGV after you pass the tests then you will probably need a Driver CPC Qualification Card (DQC). This will mean you will need to either complete 35 hours periodic training or pass the CPC Case Study theory and demonstration practical test. What type of Driver CPC you will need will depend on certain factors including when you passed your car driver test and what type of driver licence you currently possess. It can be bit tricky to work out so just call EP’s friendly staff who can advise and guide.
Should I do the Cat C or Cat C+E?
Cat C is a class 2, rigid type goods vehicle. Having this licence will allow the holder to drive any goods vehicle over 3.5 but no more than 32 tonnes. It’s called as rigid as the cab and body are permanently stuck together. A trailer may be towed however no more than 750 KG’s. It worth noting nearly three quarter of all HGV’s are rigids and the money is very comparable to C+E, class 1. Cat C+E is better known as an artic and permits the holder of this licence to drive all classes of heavy goods, including trailer entitlement. Cat C will also automatically be given, as well as BE and C1E.
Whichever option you choose EP’s staff will hold your hand every step of the way.
Will I train one-to-one or share?
If you train with EP you will share the driving with another student. This is far better than one-to-one tuition as you are out for the whole day as opposed to a few hours. Regardless of not sitting in the drivers seat you are still in a relevant learning environment and can pick up things of the other student whilst they drive. It is also important to have swap overs throughout the day as learning to drive a truck is tiring. Training times are typically 7.00 am till 3.00 pm except on test day.
Can I go straight to Class 1?
As of 15th November 2021 those wishing to gain the artic, class 1 driving licence may do so without the need of passing the class 2, rigid driving test.
This means you can go from car to class 1 in one simple process. It is still possible to complete the class 2 first and then progress to class 1, however why would you if you don’t need to? If you want to get an artic licence then go straight to class 1. EP Training has 8 modern, well maintained class 1 training vehicles and excellent, professional instructors that will teach you everything to need to know to pass your driving tests. Their CE courses are 4-8 days in duration depending on your experience. It is recommended you under a driver assessment to determine your ability and duration of course.
What’s involved in the medical?
Before provisional entitlement is given by the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA) a medical must be taken. This can be carried out by your own doctor or anyone else equally qualified. There are many companies online that advertise HGV medicals across the UK. The cost for a medical can vary greatly from £50 to £150 so make sure you get value for money. If you sign up with EP they will arrange a medical for you at their Great Bookham training centre.
The medical assessment should take no more than 15-20 minutes and a D4 form must be completed by the Doctor. You will be asked questions about your health and must declare any medication you are currently being prescribed for. An eyesight check will be carried out so if you wear glasses or contacts make sure you bring them with you. The eyesight test is to ensure you meet the legal standard for driving either wearing or not wearing glasses.
Your blood pressure will also be measured and recorded. As long as your BP rate is less than 180 over 100 then you will pass that part of the process. If your readings are above 180 over 100 it is advisable you book an appointment with your own GP to seek medication to reduce this. Once lowered you can re-apply for provisional HGV.
How easy are the theory tests?
Theory tests are mandatory if you want to gain your HGV licence in the UK. The Multi Choice (MC) and Hazard Perception (HP) are independent theory tests that must be passed in order to take the practical driving tests (3A and 3B). They must be competed at a DVSA approved test centre. EP Training will book your theory tests for you.
Theory tuition and tests are an inconvenience and certain elements are questionable as to relevance and value in the relevance in regard to gaining an HGV licence.
For example everyone must pass the Hazard Perception (HP) theory test in order to gain HGV. This is exactly the same HP that all car drivers would have taken when gaining their cat B licence. The HGV HP does not reflect the real vision a lorry driver will experience as it is still conducted at a car level. Also in order to pass the HGV HP students must cheat by deliberately clicking for the hazard late as the test is designed for novice drivers and not experienced drivers.
Regardless they must all be passed and the only way to ensure success is to study appropriately. EP Training’s customers will be set up with an online theory tuition app which will give access to all the official questions you will to know. Our best advise when it comes to passing the theory test is this:
Module 1a MC. Complete 1 mock theory test every day from when you receive the app to the day of your theory test. 100 questions and get at least 85 correct.
Module 1a HP. In the test itself you will be shown 19 video clips with 20 scoarable hazards. 18 of those videos have just one hazard whereas the 19th (and it’s not in any particular order) has 2. The hazards are easy to identify however to ensure a pass make sure you delay your click when identifying when they occur. We suggest you count to two in your head before clicking.
What’s the difference between an HGV and LGV Driving Licence?
In short. Nothing. They mean the same thing when referring to truck licences. HGV is an abbreviation for Heavy Goods Vehicle and LGV is an acronym for Large Goods Vehicles. HGV is the old terminology used when describing a lorry and it is still widely used today for road signs etc.
What time and days of the week is training available?
Training takes place between the hours of 7am and 3.30pm Monday through to Friday at both our Great Bookham and Addlestone facilities. Practical tests take place at the end of the week, either Friday or Saturday.
Where will I do my training and how long should I expect it to last?
Your training will take place at either our Dunsfold or Addlestone facilities. You can choose which location you’d prefer ahead of your training. Additionally we have access to a large off-road training area where you’ll practice manoeuvres in preparation for your practical driving exam.
Your instructors will ensure you’ve had plenty of experience driving the various test routes in and around the Guildford area while out on the road with the test taking place at Guildford or occassionally Lancing.
The entire HGV licence acquisition takes on average around 8 weeks to complete. That’s from applying for the medical to completing your final exam. You can expect your practical driving training to last for five days.
Is the course(s) difficult, what should I expect?
Like any practical and theoretical course that’s geared for a new career, an HGV course is both intensive and challenging. It’s specifically designed that way so that you can be armed with the skills and knowledge you’re likely to need during your professional driving vocation.
EP Training is one of the most reputable companies in the UK and we’ve been helping students pass with ease and confidence for 35 years. We’re good at what we do and our fully qualified, DSA approved instructors will guide you through every step of your training.
Can I pass my test in less than 5 days?
Depending on your previous driving experience it can be done, although most of our students opt for the full five days training package in order to receive ample time to train, practice and ask our instructors plenty of questions ahead of the examination.
I have a full driving license. Why do I need to apply for a provisional lorry license?
Your current, full driving licence will only cover you for category B entitlement and, depending on when you passed your driving test, C1 and D1 entitlement. For that reason you will need to apply for provisional category C entitlement to be added to your licence while you’re learning to drive an HGV.
What payment methods do EP Training accept?
We accept cash, cheques, BACS payments and most major credit and debit cards. We also accept payment via PayPal and UTP.
Additionally, finance is available for our practical LGV courses. We’ve teamed up with licensed credit provider, DEKO to offer our students a 12months, 9% credit option. Finance can be easily arranged by completing the form and credit agreement at checkout. An instant decision will be given.
Contact us if you’d like more information on our finance package.
Is the theory test included in the training?
Yes is it. The theoretical element of your course comes under modules 1 and 2 of your Initial Driver CPC training. Module 1 is the theory and hazard perception test. You’ll be familiar with the format if you’ve previously completed a theory test for your car licence. You’ll have to answer a series of multiple choice questions and then watch video clips and point out the various hazards as they occur.
Module 2 is the case study. You’ll be given 7 different scenarios and you’ll be expected to answer up to eight multiple choice questions for each scenario.
I’m interested in obtaining my HGV/LGV license. What benefits are there for obtaining my license, how much could I earn, what are the potentials?
Once you’ve qualified as a professional HGV driver it doesn’t stop there. There are many career options you can consider once you’ve got category C or C+E entitlement under your belt. For example, you may want to look into the options of transporting dangerous goods or driving an HGV fitted with a crane, all of which require additional training. You could even move on to become an owner operator, subject to an Operator CPC course being completed.
An HGV driver can expect to earn up to £30,000. Like many professionals, the more qualified and experienced you are, the greater the salary. Once qualified, it’s certainly worth looking into extracurricular courses such as ADR or lorry loader training.
The UK is currently in the middle of a serious HGV driver shortage due to an ageing workforce. This shortage is expected to continue for at least the next five years as more drivers reach retirement age.
The demand for category C and C+E drivers continues to grow every year. EP Training has joined forces with London’s largest independent haulier, ELB Partners, to guarantee you a job interview after successfully passing your exams. ELB Partners, like many hauliers, are actively seeking to expand their workforce. Furthermore if you work for ELB Partners for 12 months, your training fees will be reimbursed.
What is required from me before I can start training?
Before you can begin your training proper, there are a number of formalities that need to be completed, all of which we can help you achieve at no extra cost.
First of all, you need to apply for and pass a medical assessment which we can organise this on your behalf. We arrange for a local GP to visit you at our premises to undertake a series of basic medical checks to confirm you’re fit enough and healthy enough to start your career as a professional HGV driver.
After you’ve passed your medical you will need apply for provisional category C entitlement; in other words a provisional HGV licence. Again, we can help you complete your forms prior to sending to the DVLA.
How many people are in the cab whilst training?
All of our HGV training is carried out on a two-to-one basis. Please contact us if you require any further clarification on our practical training arrangements.