The cost of HGV/LGV training is the burning question for many as the financial rewards in some cases are high according to recent press.
To best understand the costs, you first need to understand the types of training and their focuses which will impact both your training path and costs.
What is HGV Training?
Training for Heavy Goods Vehicles (also known as Large Goods Vehicles) is designed to give drivers the confidence and skills necessary for these larger vehicles.
There are two different categories of licence for Heavy Goods Vehicles, C and C+E, which each allow the driver to operate a different category of vehicle. However, recent DVSA changes introduced on 15th November 2021 have changed the process needed to obtain your C+E licence.
Category C (LGV 2) rigid lorry driver training is still available and one that 2 Start Training would highly recommend those looking to pursue a career as an HGV C+E (Artic Lorry) driver still consider training for category C LGV 2 before progressing onto training for their Category C+E licence.
The rigid category C LGV 2 lorry driver training historically has been the following progressive step drivers take when going from having a car or better yet, a 7.5-tonne licence to work their way up to gain their artic category C+E LGV 1 licence.
What is the difference between classification C and classification C+E?
The licence category classification C (also known as Cat C, LGV 2, HGV 2 and LGV Class 2) qualification allows drivers to operate vehicles over 3,500kg (with a trailer up to 750kg MAM). Licence category classification C+E (also known as Cat CE, LGV 1, HGV 1 and LGV Class 1).
November 2021 Changes to Category C+E Licence Requirements
As of 15th November 2021, the DVSA changed the test requirements for a driver holding a category B licence looking to gain their Category C+E.
Since these changes, you can now:
- Learn to drive in an articulated lorry (category CE) if your provisional lorry licence was issued from 15 November 2021 (if you had a provisional licence before this date, you need to take extra steps to upgrade your provisional licence)
- Take your test in a large articulated lorry without having to pass one in a large rigid lorry (category C) first.
In addition to the above changes for C+E licence requirements, the Driver CPC part 3 tests are also changing as follows:
As of 29th November 2021, the Driver CPC part 3 test was split into 2 parts.
The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) part 3 (driving ability) test is 1 of the 4 tests you must pass to drive a lorry for a living.
You now need to book and take your test in 2 parts:
How much does HGV/LGV training cost?
LGV 1 and LGV 2 training course costs depend on your ability level and what you need to be included in the package. Our training packages (below) range from just training time to including medicals, tests, and retests.
If you are new to driving an HGV vehicle our recommendation would be to allow yourself more hours of training to significantly increase your chances of passing.
If, however, you have experience and need a refresher or you are simply returning to the industry after a break, then our courses with a shorter time allocation may be suitable and will save you time and money.
Since the changes that have come into force in November this year, we have also introduced a new fast-track Car to C+E driver training package.
The available packages comprise the hours of both our previous Category C and a Category C+E course allowing for drivers who have not previously driven a rigid LGV 2 vehicle to obtain enough experience in preparation for learning to drive the larger artic Category C+E trucks.
So how much does this training cost?
Well, the prices range between £300 for a single 3.5-hour LGV 1 lesson through to our full “hand-holding” bundle packages from our new fast-track options which go up to £3,989.00 that include medical, theories, DVSA test, 1 retest with the gold package, vehicle & trailer and ideal for beginners.
Please be aware that prices and course availability are subject to change and are correct at the time of writing.
What Cat C (LGV 2) training packages are available?
For LGV 2 training, the training packages you can choose from include:
LGV 2 course 5 days, which offers 17.5 hours of training and the DVSA test.
LGV 2 course 4 days, which offers 14 hours of training and the DVSA test.
LGV 2 bronze package, which includes 17.5 hours of training and the DVSA test & CPC
LGV 2 silver package, which includes 17.5 hours of training, medicals, and the theory test, the DVSA test and CPC
LGV 2 gold package, which includes 17.5 hours of initial training, medicals, and the theory test, the DVSA test, CPC and one retest on both theory and driving tests.
LGV 2 professional package, which includes 17.5 initial hours of training, medicals and the theory test, the DVSA test, CPC and two retests on both theory and driving tests. If the course is passed on the first attempt – meaning that the retests are not required – you will be offered a free HIAB or ADR course.
LGV 2 ultimate package, which includes 17.5 initial hours of training, medicals, and the theory test, the DVSA test, practical CPC module 4, two retests and C+E training. This course is everything you need to be able to drive a C rigid to full articulated vehicle C+E. If you pass the course on your first attempt with this package, you will receive the offer of a free HIAB or ADR training course.
Class 2 (Cat C) HGV Driver Training at Portsmouth
Our Portsmouth depot provides a selection of Category C Class 2 driver training courses as shown below.
What Cat C+E (LGV 1) training packages are available?
For LGV 1, the packages you can choose from include:
LGV 1 Lesson, which includes 3.5 hours of training and a full articulated vehicle and trailer.
LGV 1 bronze package, which includes 14 hours of training, a full articulated vehicle and trailer, and a DVSA test.
LGV 1 silver package, which includes 17.5 hours of training, full articulated vehicle and trailer, the DVSA test and is ideal for beginners.
LGV 1 gold package, which includes 17.5 hours of training, full articulated vehicle and trailer, the DVSA test and is ideal for beginners plus one retest on the driving test.
LGV 1 platinum package, which includes 17.5 hours of initial training, full articulated vehicle and trailer, the DVSA test, two retests and is ideal for beginners. If you purchase this package and you pass the course on your first attempt, you will receive a free 5-day ADR or HIAB course.
To take the above upgrade from LGV 2 to LGV 1 course, you MUST have first passed the LGV 2 course and will not be allowed to participate until you have passed that course.
If you have other or additional requirements for your training, please get in touch and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Class 1 (Cat C+E) HGV Driver Training at Portsmouth
Our Portsmouth depot provides a selection of Category C+E Class 1 driver training courses as shown below.