All LGV and PCV trainees are taught by qualified DVSA instructors to ensure the trainee receives the highest standard of instruction available giving them the best chance of successfully passing all of the 4 modules. In order to gain a vocational LGV/PCV you must be at least 18 years old and hold a full category B (car) licence.
The length of your training is usually determined by a short assessment drive where one of our instructors will take you out and estimate the number of hours required to get the trainee up to the standard required to pass the practical test. There are also a number of other modules including theory tests, a practical skills test as well as applications and a medical to go through. The full process is explained below.
Are you looking to gain a vocational driving licence?
1) The first thing you need to do is pass a medical examination - Download a D4 form and book an appointment with an authorised doctor. Your GP practice will be able to advise you where to get a PCV/LGV medical examination.
2) Apply to the DVLA to get your provisional entitlement - To do this you need a D2 form pack which can be obtained either through the post office or by going online. You will need to send this D2 for along with your D4 form to the DVLA.
3) Book your theory tests on the DSA's website - There are two theory elements to the test, a multiple choice test (module 1) and a hazard perception test (module 2).
4) Contact us to arrange your initial assessment and then we can begin your training and book your practical test (module 3) date.
5) The final step is to complete another short practical test (module 4) where you will be required to demonstrate your knowledge and ability on a vehicle with regards to safe loading, vehicle security and walk round checks.
LGV & PCV Training
Class C1 - Vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes
Class C - Rigid vehicles exceeding 7.5 tonnes
Class C+E - Articulated vehicles
Class D1 - Minibus with 9-17 seats
Class D - Bus with more than 17 seats
Class B+E - Car and trailer, caravan or horsebox)
Training location is dependent on your needs. If you have your own vehicle our instructors can come to you and deliver the training at your premises. Alternatively the training can be delivered at our facilities in either Gateshead or Houghton-le-Spring.
How much does it cost?
The cost varies depending on how many hours of instruction you require which can be established as soon as you have been out for an assessment drive. The fixed costs for all the tests will come to a maximum of £270 (less if you take the tests mid-week). The average total cost is between £700 and £900.
Certification / Qualification
Upon successful completion of all tests you will receive your vocational licence which is valid until your 45th birthday. After this point it must be renewed every 5 years until your 65th birthday when it must be renewed every year. You will also receive your DQC (Driver Qualification Card) which entitles your to drive commercially and must be renewed through Driver CPC training every 5 years.