What are the requirements to be an ambulance driver in the UK?
There are a few different routes you can take to train to become a member of the ambulance service. If you want to train as a paramedic technician you will need to attend university and achieve a degree in paramedic science. Alternatively, you could apply for an apprenticeship with your local Ambulance Service NHS Trust. Click here to apply.
If you do not want to go to university you could apply to become an emergency care assistant. You will need at least 3-4 GCSE’s including English, maths and a science subject.
You may also consider becoming an ambulance care driver. This role involves driving patients in the community to the hospital for appointments. Apply to become an ambulance care driver now!
Click the link for more information about the types of jobs in the ambulance service.
How much can I earn as an ambulance driver?
The average pay for an Ambulance Care Driver (Patient Transport Services) in the UK is around:
£18K – 21K (upwards)
The average pay for a fully trained paramedic starts at around:
For more information about the type of jobs and the pay ambulance drivers can expect to receive, click here.
Which driving qualifications do I need to have to drive an ambulance?
To drive an ambulance as a Paramedic or an Ambulance Care Driver you will need to obtain the class C1 on your driving licence.
To acquire your C1 licence you will need to be over 18 years old and hold a car driving licence. You will need to take the relevant theory and practical driving tests.
If you passed your car licence test (class B) before January 1997 you will benefit from acquired rights. You will already have this entitlement on your licence and you will not have to complete any further tests.
How do I get my C1 Licence?
In order to be able become an ambulance driver, 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.
You need to acquire your 7.5-tonne licence to legally drive an ambulance in the UK.
Ambulance driver training can be completed in 4 parts: Attend & pass an LGV medical assessment, apply to the DVSA for provisional entitlements to be added to your licence, complete your theory tests which include both Multiple Choice & Hazard Perception tests and finally, you will need to complete your practical driver training to show you can safely operate a C1 category vehicle on the road.
To acquire your licence, you must be over 18 years old and already hold a licence to drive a car (class B). If you gained your car licence before January 1997 you will have benefited from acquired rights and already have the C1 entitlement on your licence. You will not need to take any additional tests. If you passed your car licence test after January 1997 you will need to complete the following steps.
- 1. Attend and pass an LGV medical assessment. You will need to take a D4 medical form with you for the doctor to complete. 2 Start Training can assist you with arranging your medical or you can contact your local GP, they will be able to inform you of the relevant fees.
- 3. Theory tests. You will need to complete 2 theory tests to obtain your C1 licence to become an ambulance driver. There is a 100-question multiple-choice test which you must get 85% correct to pass. The second test is a hazard perception test where you will watch small video clips from the point of view of the driver of the vehicle. You will need to indicate when a hazard appears. The test pass mark is 67/100 and the test contains 19 clips.
- 2. Apply to the DVSA for the provisional entitlement to be added to your current driving licence. Completing form D2 and sending this with your completed D4 form, along with your current driving licence to the DVSA. They will send back your driving licence with the C1 provisional entitlement added.
- 4. Your practical driver training and test will show you how to drive the vehicle safely on the road. You will be shown the test routes and practice the reversing manoeuvre. The practical driving test is approximately 1 hour long and the examiner will assess your ability to drive safely on the road. Once you have successfully passed your practical test you can send off your licence to the DVSA who will update your licence to show the C1 entitlement.
Once you have completed the steps, you can be driving an ambulance in no time!
If you wish to use your C1 licence for another job such as a delivery driver, you would need to pass an additional qualification, the Driver CPC qualification. If you are going to use your C1 licence to drive a large goods vehicle for a reward you will need this qualification. Ambulance drivers do not need this qualification.
Am looking to join the ambulance service
Our Ambulance driver training course which will help you to gain your Category C1 driver’s licence entitlement will help you with your career path to becoming ready to drive an ambulance vehicle which typically falls into the C1 category of vehicle. You can view our Ambulance driver training course I am referring to here: https://www.2start-training.com/training-courses/driver-training/hgv-training/7-5-tonne-training/ambulance-training/
Our team of advisors are on hand should you wish to discuss your options further, you can call us at 02392 123 555.
Hope this helps.
Hello, I am interested in becoming an ambulance driver.
Our C1 Ambulance driver course is available to view on our website here:
Alternatively, our team of friendly advisors can discuss your requirements, discuss dates and availability over the phone, you can contact them on 02392 123 555 Monday to Friday.
Hello am interested in becoming ambulance driver . I already have a driving license before all this need to be a volunteer
Our ambulance driver course is available to view on our website and provides all of the details about what is included in our C1 course, you can enquire or book online here:
Alternatively, our team of friendly advisors can discuss your requirements, discuss dates and availability over the phone, you can contact them at 02392 123 555 Monday to Friday.
I’m 49 am I too old to be an ambulance driver and only a driver?
There is no age restriction as such but there are the D4 medical, theory test and practical tests (3a & 3b) that you will need to pass in order to obtain your C1 licence.
I would recommend you speak with one of our training advisors who will be able to clarify any queries you may have in obtaining your C1 licence which is the typical licence required to drive up to a 7.5-tonne vehicle which is the category most UK Ambulances fall into. Feel free to call our team of advisors on 02392 123 555 and they will be able to assist you further.
I’m looking to become an ambulance Driver,
I passed my driving test around mid 80s
And my motorcycle 2010 I’ have the entitlement of C1 on my driving license
Can you possibly point me in the right direction?
We offer a paramedic / ambulance package, which you can view here: https://www.2start-training.com/courses/driver-training/hgv-training/7-5-tonne-training/paramedic-ambulance-package/
As you mention you already have a C1 licence, I would advise you to speak to our team of advisors, who are on hand to help point you in the right direction. You can call us on 02392 123 555 .
Hi, I’m looking to become ambulance driver, I have full driving license
This is fantastic!
Our Ambulance driver training course Category C1 may be something you could be interested in.
You can view our Ambulance driver training course here: https://www.2start-training.com/training-courses/driver-training/hgv-training/7-5-tonne-training/ambulance-training/
Our team of advisors are on hand should you wish to discuss your options further, you can call us on 02392 123 555 .
Hope this helps.
Hi I’ve been thinking about becoming an ambulance driver
I’m 45 and already have my C1
But I worried it might be too much for me as I suffer with anxiety and am peri menopausal but I want to help
I’m a very caring person and have the time to give. What do you suggest
I know I can help
As you hold your C1 licence, this is only the training we would provide as the C1 licence is the typical category required to drive an ambulance.
As for actually becoming an ambulance driver, only the NHS ambulance service can assist here, I would suggest reaching out to their team to discuss options as I suspect all help would be welcomed.
Speak with the South Central Office (Southern Headquarters) to see what they suggest maybe on 01962 898 000.