Cat C Training
Training for your Class 2 Category C HGV driving licence has never been easier and our courses cover all the required areas you will need to be prepared for your DVSA Class 2 Category C test.
As a qualified Cat C Class 2 HGV driver, you will be able to drive a rigid truck with a MAM weight of over 7,500kg or 7.5-tonne in weight.
Our Class 2 Cat C HGV training courses are a great next step from your Category B or Category C1 licence and would allow you to drive a larger rigid lorry with a MAM above 7.5-tonne.
Upon successfully passing your Category C Class 2 driving test you will also be able to drive the classes of vehicles below this category, for example, you will also be able to drive a C1 3,500kg to 7,500kg vehicle without the need to take a separate driving test for the Category C1 to be added to your driving licence.
Once you have obtained your Class 2 HGV licence you will most likely go on to drive a rigid lorry for hire & reward and transport freight weighing above 7.5-tonne most days.
HGV Class 2 training, how to get your Category C licence:
What is HGV Category C?
HGV Category C refers to the licence category required to drive rigid-bodied vehicles weighing more than 7.5-tonnes with a trailer up to 750kgs MAM.
An HGV Class 2 licence will allow you to drive Category C vehicles, which includes rigid HGV’s over 7,500 kgs with a trailer that has a MAM of up to 750kgs. The subsequent licence up is a C+E articulated lorry licence.
A rigid body vehicle includes those where the cab is permanently attached to the trailer, such as a typical box lorry.
You may also ask yourself, 'what does CAT C allow you to drive?' If you are thinking about completing HGV driver training and starting a career as a CAT C driver, there are a multitude of different job opportunities available to you, with some jobs that typically require an HGV Class 2 Category C licence including:
- Commercial Delivery Driver.
- Skip Lorry Driver.
- Shorter Distance Delivery Driver.
What category is an HGV Class 2?
HGV Class 2 Driving refers to anyone holding a Category C driving licence and operates rigid-bodied vehicles above 7,500 kgs with a trailer of up to 750 kgs MAM.
Is Cat C the same as Class 2? is a common question we see amongst candidates looking to complete HGV driver training. To answer the question in the simplest form, yes, they both mean the same thing and allow delegates to operate the same category of vehicles.
What truck will I be driving during training?
2 Start Training is a fully-approved logistics training centre, we operate and provide our services from four main locations; Southampton, Portsmouth, Reading and Worthing. Since 2009, we have been providing customers with professional training and support to make their dream of becoming an LGV driver, a reality. Training for your HGV Class C driver's licence, our instructors will teach you everything you need to prepare for driving a Class 2 HGV. Unlike most companies we let our learners work in our new automatic LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) / HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicles) training vehicles. Our expert team of instructors, teach learners all aspects of LGV driving and help them through the step-by-step process from arranging driver medicals to gaining a licence.
LGV Class 2 Course Information
To find out more about how you can obtain your category c licence then take a look at the steps below.
Application Process – Medical
Getting a LGV licence involves several stages and the first process of obtaining the licence is to apply for one. You will need to apply for a provisional entitlement first, you will also have to undergo a medical examination. The driver medical test is mandatory when applying for a LGV licence.
At 2 Start we help you through every process and our team can arrange a LGV medical with a local practitioner, making the process easy and stress free.
You can download the medical form here: D4 Form.
You will need to take this with you to your medial appointment and the examining doctor will fill it out. This will need to be sent back to the DVSA along with an application form, which we can provide.
When you have completed your medical examination and have your provisional licence, you will then need to undertake the hazard perception and theory test. To successfully pass, you will need to answer at least 67/100 answers on the hazard perception test. In order to pass the theory test you will have to correctly answer 85/100 questions.
You need the right tools to pass your theory test and at 2 Start we have you covered, this is why we provide access to an online practice theory test software. It is quick and simple to use and will help you revise for your theory test. We always say if you do not prepare, prepare to fail.
If you passed your driving test before the 1st of January 1997, the good news is that you do not need to sit the CPC case studies test. For those who passed after this date, you will need to then sit the CPC test and this will be done at your local DVSA Theory Test Centre.
Training and Practical
After you have passed your theory test you will be able to move onto practical LGV 2 CAT C Training. We advise and discuss with our customers the best course for them and arrange the appropriate measures for them to start learning. We will then enrol you onto a course and these take place during the working week, testing however can be arranged on Saturday or during the week.
Our practical training sessions are completed over a period of four to five days.
This will give you enough time to go around the different test routes and will give you the time to try the various exercises you will need to learn in order to pass your test. It will also give your instructors a good indication on your strengths and weakness and they will be able to assess if you are ready to take your test.
Once you have passed your practical DVSA test, if you are planning on driving a category C vehicle commercially you will then need to take a Module 4 CPC course. This is a practical, ‘show me’, ‘tell me’ test conducted at our driving test centres by our own examiners. On the day of your test, you will receive 2.5 hours of training which will cover all elements of the practical test. If you are successful you will receive a Module 4 Pass certificate.
Guide to HGV Class 2 Training Costs
The cost for HGV Class 2 training varies across all driver training providers in the UK. The cost to gain your class 2 licence depends on many factors such as location, experience, confidence and the length of course you require. In the UK, you can typically expect to pay anywhere from £1,400.