Ambulance Driver Training Portsmouth

Are you currently working towards becoming a paramedic and need your C1 licence to be able to drive an ambulance? 2 Start Training Portsmouth is the ideal place for you! Our Ambulance Driver Training Package includes all elements that you will need to obtain your C1 licence. Our Portsmouth training centre is located in Hilsea and allows us to cover a number of locations in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas.


Ambulance Driver Training Process

Find out more information on the process of gaining your C1 licence and how you can become an ambulance driver.


To drive an ambulance or any C1 category vehicle, you will first need to complete a driver medical. This is carried out to ensure that you are medically fit to drive a C1 category vehicle. As part of our service, if you book one of our Ambulance Training Packages, we can arrange your medical for you locally and at a convenient time. The medical process consists of:

  • An eyesight test
  • Blood pressure test
  • Questions about your health and lifestyle

You will be required to fill in a D4 form before you attend your medical. Click the link below for the DVSA D4 form.

Medical examination report for a lorry or bus driving licence (D4) – GOV.UK (

Provisional Licence

Before you are able to go inside one of our training vehicles, you will need to have the correct provisional licence that enables you to do so. In this case, to drive an ambulance, you will need a C1 provisional licence. In order to obtain your provisional entitlement, you will need a D2 form. Click the link below for more information.

Become a qualified lorry or bus driver: Applying for a provisional lorry or bus licence – GOV.UK (

Theory Tests

You will need to complete at least 2 Theory Tests before you can begin your practical Ambulance Driver Training.

Multiple-Choice – 100 multiple-choice questions cover the basics of safe and proficient driving of large, commercial vehicles. To be successful, you must receive 85/100.

Hazard Perception – Hazard Perception clips are computer-generated imagery from the perspective of a passenger in the video. You must click when you see a potential or developing hazard on the screen. Each of the 19 clips are 1 minute long and the sooner you react, the more points you’ll score. To be successful, you must receive 67/100 points.

We offer theory revision access which can be purchased for £16 – See here:

Furthermore, if you are wanting to drive a C1 category vehicle professionally or for hire and reward, you are required to complete Driver’s CPC Training.



Practical Driver Training

Ambulance driver training is conducted in one of our Iveco Daily 5.5 tonne vans. You will be taken out on the road for your training by one of our highly-qualified and experienced driver training instructors. Completing on-the-road driving practice will help you become familiar with the test routes as well as being briefed by your instructor on road safety. You will also be required to practice some manoeuvres, such as the reversing exercise. Students will be able to practice their reversing exercises on our on-site reversing facilities.

Once you have completed your training, it will be time to complete your DVSA test. We will arrange your test for you, and you will be given the time and location, all that will be left for you to do is pass!

Once your test has ended, you will then be informed if you passed or failed.

Our Portsmouth Training Centre

Our Portsmouth depot allows us to cater training courses for students in the surrounding areas, which can include Hilsea, Havant, Waterlooville, Portchester, Fareham, Botley and Hedge End.

This is an approved DVSA testing centre that boasts private on-site reversing facilities and an immaculate fleet of driver training vehicles, all of which are less than four years old.

We also have a range of C1 driver training packages available for you to complete at our Portsmouth depot if you are not looking to become an ambulance driver.


Our Portsmouth Training Centre

Ambulance Driver Training FAQ's

What licence do I need to drive an ambulance?

In order to be able to drive an ambulance, you will need to obtain your C1 licence.

Once you have gained your C1 licence, you will be able to drive vehicles from 3.5-tonnes up to 7.5-tonnes with a trailer of up to 750kgs.

C1 Licence Driver Training, Paramedic 7.5 Ton Duration:

This course will take 4 days (14 hours) to complete and begins at either 07:00 or 14:00 with a one-to-one instructor-trainee ratio over a 3.5-hour period. This ensures the learner has plenty of time to practice different test routes and manoeuvres and feel confident with them. Your practical driving test will be booked for you and completed on day 4 of your course.

Can you drive an ambulance without being a paramedic?

In short, no. It is unlikely that you will get a job driving an ambulance without being qualified as either a paramedic or patient transport service driver who have skills in first aid, assessing, treating and caring for patients.

Module 4: Driver CPC demonstration test

This would only be required if you wished to use your C1 licence commercially.

Price Match Promise

If you receive a cheaper quote for ambulance training we will match it. Ensure you aren’t compromising on training content or quality with 2 Start.