C1 Driver Training will allow anyone who already holds a category B (car) licence to drive vehicles from 3, 500kgs/3.5-tonnes up to 7, 500kgs/7.5-tonnes with a trailer up to 750kgs. Completing C1 driver training will allow you to drive vehicles such as ambulances and some horseboxes.
A C1 category vehicle is also known as a 7.5 tonne lorry, due to its structure somewhat resembling a Cat C vehicle, but smaller.
If you are wanting to drive vehicles that fall into these categories, you will need to complete C1 driver training, pass the C1 driving test and gain your C1 licence.
How do I gain my 7.5 Tonne (C1) licence?
In order to complete one of our C1 courses, you need to:
To have a full category B licence (car)
Be 18 years of age or older
Complete CPC training if you’re driving as part of a job or for financial gain
The first step to completing your C1 training is to complete a driver's medical, which is a higher standard medical required to drive a car. Your C1 medical can be booked for you by the team at 2 Start locally and conveniently for you. Once you have passed your medical, you will be required to gain your provisional C1 licence and then complete your theory tests. There are 3 theory tests that need to be completed which are:
Hazard Perception test
MOD 2 CPC (if required)
Once you have passed all of your theory tests, it will then be time for you to complete your selected C1 driver training course. After your training has been completed and you are confident with your C1 driving ability, it will then be time to take your DVSA driving test! Additionally, you will need to complete the Module 4 CPC demonstration test if you are driving as part of a job or for financial gain.
Once you have passed your theory you are ready for your practical driver training. You will be taught by one of our highly skilled instructors. You will learn how to drive the vehicle safely on the road and practice the manoeuvres required to pass the C1 DVSA practical test.
If you pass your C1 practical test and you wish you drive the vehicle for hire and reward then you will need to take a further practical test which is the Module 4 CPC. This is a show-me-tell-me practical where you are required to demonstrate your knowledge and ability in areas such as vehicle safety, securing loads and your ability to manage emergency situations.
How to start C1 training?
In order to begin your C1 training, all you need to do is select which one of our C1 training courses you would like to complete, choose an available training date that suits you and book your course online! Our booking system will allow you to easily book your course and begin your training!
Our courses take between 3.5 hours and 24.5 hours to complete.
How much does C1 training cost?
Similarly, to the length of your training course, the price will also vary depending on which one of our training courses you decide to complete and your current level of C1 driving ability.
Do I need Driver's CPC training?
Driver’s CPC training will be required by anyone who is driving a vehicle over 3,500kgs as the main part of their job or for hire & reward services. If you are driving as part of a hobby, then you won’t need to complete any CPC training.
If you complete your training at any of our depots, you will have access to dedicated on-site reversing facilities which will help you practice your reversing manoeuvres ready for your test. Additionally, all of our depots are DVSA 3a-approved test centres which means you can practice on the same facilities that you complete your 3a test on. This gives our students an advantage as it is very uncommon for driving schools to have the space for these facilities.
Also, we have continuously invested in our training facilities and fleet to give our students the best experience possible. All of our training vehicles have automatic gearboxes and are fully air-conditioned.
The driver training is conducted in one of our new Iveco Daily 5.2-tonne vans, that meet all the vehicle test requirements. Training courses start at either 07:00, 10:30 or 14:00 with a one-to-one instructor-trainee ratio over a 3.5-hour period. This provides the instructor with enough time each day to fully instruct drivers on different test routes and manoeuvres required to pass your C1 driving test. Your practical driving test will be booked for you and completed on the final day of your course.
C1 Medical Requirements
The first stage of the C1 licence acquisition is to complete a driver's medical. This is a higher standard of medical than that required to drive a car. This can be arranged locally for you by the 2 Start team. We will issue you with a D4 medical application form for the doctor to complete at the appointment.
Once the medical is completed you will need to fill in a (D2) licence application form. This will ask you for the provisional entitlement you are applying for, e.g. C1 (7.5-tonne licence) or C (ridged lorry licence). Additional medical questions also need to be answered and the form signed at the bottom, please note no picture is required if the licence you currently hold is in date and is the photo type card. You will then need to send the D2 and D4 application forms, as well as your current driver's licence, to the DVLA. They will then return your licence with the provisional entitlement that you have applied for on it.
C1 Theory Tests
You will be required to do 3 theory tests:
Multiple Choice – The 100 multiple-choice questions are still part of the new test. These questions cover all the basics of safe and proficient driving of large, commercial vehicles. You must get 85 of the questions correct in order to pass this portion.
Hazard Perception – Learners will watch nineteen one-minute-long hazard perception test video clips. Hazard perception clips are computer-generated imagery (CGI) and are filmed from the perspective of a passenger in the vehicle. Learners have to indicate, by clicking a mouse, when they observe a developing hazard. All of the hazard perception clips will include one developing hazard, and one clip will include 2 hazards. The sooner the student reacts to a developing hazard, the more points are scored. Points are from five down to one, with no score if the candidate reacts too late. The test pass mark is 67/100 and the test contains 19 CGI clips.
MOD 2 CPC – The case study test lasts 75 minutes and covers seven case studies, with 50 questions altogether. You’ll need to score at least 40 out of 50 to pass the test. Before you start the test, you can have a practice session of up to 15 minutes.
Safe use of your vehicle and checks to make before driving
Loading your vehicle safely and securely
Checking for risks from criminal acts and trafficking
Assessing emergencies and risks.
The test lasts 30 minutes. You’ll need to score at least 80 out of 100 points, with at least 15 out of 20 for each topic area.
Our Training Locations
Our six training depots are located in: Portsmouth; Otterbourne; Aldermaston; Theale; Worthing and Havant. Our training centres are conveniently situated within the local areas of the following counties to provide the maximum coverage within: Hampshire; Isle of Wight; West Sussex; East Sussex; Surrey; Buckinghamshire; Oxfordshire; Berkshire; Wiltshire and the eastern side of Dorset.
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