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Minibus Training Surrey

In order to drive a minibus with 9-16 passenger seats, you’ll need to ensure you have category D1 entitlement on your licence. To drive a minibus with a trailer exceeding 750kgs you’ll need D1E entitlement. Additionally, if you’ll be driving a minibus for hire and reward, you’ll need Driver CPC training on top of that.

This may seem daunting on first glance. But don’t worry, EP Training can lend a hand.

We can help you obtain all your required minibus qualifications and entitlements to ensure you’re driving legally and safely.

EP Training has been delivering practical D1 training for many years and our knowledgeable and friendly instructors are DSA approved. You’re training base will be at our approved, modern facilities in Great Bookham.

Once behind the wheel of one of our modern, well-maintained training vehicles, you’ll learn everything you need to know ahead of your practical test which will take place at the DSA test centre in Guildford.

Once you’ve completed your Initial Driver CPC (as part of your training if required), you’ll receive a Driver Qualification Card that’s valid for 5 years. After that, you’ll need to undertake a further 35 hours of training known as periodic training. EP Training is a leading provider of both Initial and Periodic Driver CPC courses.

EP Training can help you acquire your minibus licence from start to finish.

If you’d like us to, we can arrange for you to take your medical and/or your D1 practical driving test at no extra cost. We can also help you order additional training books and publications if needed.

Need a minibus refresher course? We can tailor refresher courses according to your requirements. Contact us for further information.

D1 Restriction Code 101

Depending on when you passed your driving test, you may already have D1 entitlement on your licence.

If you passed your category B (car) test before 1st January 1997, it’s worth checking to see whether you can already drive a minibus without further training. If your licence carries a restriction code 101, it means you’ll need to undertake Driver CPC training to a drive a minibus for hire or reward.

Minibus Training

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Choose from the courses below or speak with an expert now, call 01372 450800.

Option 1: D1 with Driver CPC Training Course


Anyone wanting to drive a category D1 vehicle professionally will need to pass Driver CPC and PCV D1. Having one without the other makes no sense.  Anyone without both will not be able to source employment.

EP Trainings' experienced team can guide and manage the entire Driver CPC and PCV D1 acquisition from medical to final practical test. With 5 tests in total, why not let EP Training manage the whole process?

Price includes:

  • A medical with our GP (arranged at EP Training's premises in Bookham, Surrey)
  • Assistance with applying for your provisional C licence
  • The official theory training material
  • All 3 theory tests booked (multi choice, hazard perception and Driver CPC case study)
  • A 3 day practical driving course
  • 1 day Module 4 CPC course and exam.

There are NO hidden extras and the price includes vat and all test fees.

Option 2: D1 without Driver CPC


Not everyone needing D1 will also be requiring Driver CPC. As a result EP Training offers the option which allows you to gain D1 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 D1 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Find out more
  • 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