What is LGV Driver Training?

LGV stands for Large Goods Vehicle and is an acronym used in the UK logistics industry when talking about lorry driving. LGV training refers to driver training that includes vehicles with a gross combined mass of over 3500kgs. Furthermore, HGV training and LGV training have no differences with HGV standing for Heavy Goods Vehicles. An LGV licence is required by anyone who wants to drive a vehicle that is between 3,500kgs & 12,000 kgs. If you are planning on driving vehicles that fall into these weight categories, you will need to complete LGV driver training. There are two types of LGV licences which are the LGV Class 1 & HGV Class 2 licences, with the class 2 licence needing to be achieved first before you can gain your class 1 licence.

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The LGV Training Process

2 Start Training is a fully approved logistics training centre, operating nationwide. At 2 Start Training, we operate and provide our services from three main locations; Southampton, Portsmouth and Reading. We have provided excellent-quality, professional services to customers since 2009, including all aspects of LGV training, from arranging driver medicals to gaining licences.

We provide an extensive range of driver training programmes in areas all over the UK including LGV Training in Dorset. Our expert team of instructors and service providers offer help, support and relevant information at every step of the process.

Please note that you will have to completed your LGV 2 before you can move onto learning LGV 1. Please find out more information about the steps involved below:

Application Process – Medical
Theory Test
Training and Practical

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The process of applying and obtaining an LGV licence involves several stages. When you apply, the first step is to apply for a provisional entitlement, and then to undergo a medical examination. The medical test is a common requirement for driver training courses. Ensuring the diver medical test is as easy and stress-free as possible for you is important to us so our team can arrange LGV 2 application medicals with practitioners that are local to you. When you attend the medical, you are required to take a completed D4 medical application form.

Please download one, and make sure you take it with you, once completed. Along with the form, you will also need to complete an application for a provisional C licence which you will receive from us and send it along with your current driving licence and D4 medical form to the DVLA in the envelope we provide.

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Theory Test

After you have undertaken the medical examination and obtained your provisional entitlement, the next step of the process is to take your theory test and hazard perception test. In order to pass these tests, you will need to get 85/100 answers correct on the theory test and 67/100 answers correct on the hazard perception test. To get your personal log-in, call our office on 0118 402 1861.

Practice is important and increases your chances of passing, so we offer access to online practice theory test software to help you pass your theory first time. If you passed your car test after 1st January 1997, you will need to sit the CPC case studies test. This will be held at your local DCA Centre where original theory tests are held.

Providing Expert LVG Training to Learners from Dorset

Only once you have successfully passed your theory test, will you then be allowed to commence your practical LGV driver training. By speaking with our team and discussing your requirements, we can make sure that you are enrolled on a course that is best-suited to your needs. Courses tend to take place Monday- Friday but testing can be midweek or on Saturday, depending on your requirements.

We run our training sessions over a period of five days, with training sessions that start at 07:00, 10:30 and 14:00; these sessions are with a one-to-one instructor over a three-and-a-half-hour period or a two-to-one instructor ratio over a seven-hour period. This allows our instructors enough time to be able to fully assess and instruct drivers on different test routes and exercises that are required to pass your test. Anyone who obtained their original drivers licence after September 1997 will be required to sit their initial CPC before they can drive for hire and reward. Find out more about the CPC.

Why Train With 2start?

We are constantly investing in our fleet to ensure we continue to provide the best vehicles for our customers.
Fully Qualified on the National Register of LGV Instructors.
It’s easy to say that we are the ‘Premier Driving School’, but the proof is in the facilities offered and the results obtained by our students.

Frequently Asked LGV Training Questions

How to start LGV training?

To start one of our LGV driver training courses, all you need to do is decide which of our courses is the best one for you and then choose the best date available for you to complete your training. It is that simple! Our online booking system allows you to easily book your LGV training course and complete your training quickly!

Additionally, you can call our team on 02392 123555, and they will arrange everything for you! Also, you can email us at daisy@2start-training.com.

How long does LGV training take?

The length of your LGV training course will completely depend on which one of our LGV driver training courses you decide to complete. If you haven’t already achieved your Class 2 licence, then your training will take between 14-49 hours depending on your current experience and confidence levels.

If you have already achieved your CAT C licence, then our LGV Class 1 training course takes between 3.5-24.5 hours to gain your C+E licence.

How much does LGV driver training cost?

The prices for our LGV training vary depending on which one of our courses you complete. We have courses suitable for complete beginners to those who only need a refresher course. Our LGV 2 courses vary between £1,195 and £4,350.

Additionally, if you’re looking to progress and gain your C+E licence, then our LGV Class 1 courses vary between £270 and £2,275.

When will LGV training resume?

LGV training is available now! There was a temporary suspension of all driver training, but we are now running at full capacity and have a variety of dates available for all of our driver training courses!

We are also continuously adding new training dates for our LGV driver training courses!

Do I need Driver’s CPC training?

You will only need to complete your 35-hours of periodic CPC training if you are driving for hire & reward purposes or as the main part of your job. If you are driving as a hobby, then you will not need to complete CPC training.

We have both online and classroom CPC training courses available with 7-hour and 35-hour options on offer. We also have a wide variety of training modules that you can choose to complete!


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2 Start Training is a well-established driver training organisation, established in November 2008. We have many thousands of satisfied customers, the majority of whom now enjoy a career in the logistics industry.