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What is a Class 1 HGV Driver?

HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicles) Class 1 are category C+E vehicles. Being a Class 1 HGV Driver means you’ll transport trucks or lorries which weigh more (or up to) 7.5 tonnes in total.

Class 1 HGV Driver jobs are in high demand at the moment, so if you’re interested in becoming one, read on to find out how you can become a Class 1 HGV Driver.

Steps to become a Class 1 HGV Driver

Firstly for Class 1 HGV Driver jobs, you need to be over 18 and have a full standard UK Driving Licence before you can begin training.

Then, you’ll need to…

1. Obtain a provisional HGV licence

2. Take a medical exam

3. Complete a UK Complete a CVC course (Driver Certificate of Professional Competence)

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Obtaining a Provisional HGV Licence

Class 1 (category C+E vehicles) licences are the broadest type of HGV licence.

Drivers who hold this licence will be able to drive a vehicle holding up to or more than 7.5 of heavy goods. But, to be able to have a HGV licence, drivers must have a provisional licence first. To get a provisional HGV licence, drivers need to request D2 and D4 documents from the DVLA. Fill out both of the forms, and send them to the DVLA with your driving licence included. The driving licence should be your photocard issue.

Take A Medical Exam

You’ll have to take a medical examination before you can acquire a Class 1 HGV driving licence. Health and safety is at the heart of a HGV Driver job, because there are extremely heavy loads being dealt with.

After gaining a medical certificate, drivers have to retake their medical exams every 5 years until the age of 65. After the age of 65, HGV drivers must have a medical exam every year.

Obtain a CPC Licence

As soon as you’ve obtained a provisional licence, you’ll be able to book your CPC (Driver Certificate of Professional Competence) tests. There are 4 different parts to obtaining a CPC licence.

  1. Theory Test: Just like the theory test required for a standard UK driving licence, the CPC theory test consists of a multiple choice section, followed by a hazard perception test.
  2. Case Studies: Then you’ll need to complete another section of the CPC theory test, which is a series of case studies. Once you’ve passed this, you can complete your CPC driving test.
  3. CPC Driving Test: The practical exam takes about 90 minutes, and you’ll find out your result at the end of the test.
  4. Practical demonstration: The practical demonstration is tested out of 100. You’ll have to demonstrate several safety tests, loading ability, legal awareness, and ability to act in emergency scenarios.

Once all these steps are completed, you’ll be able to start exploring Class 1 HGV driver jobs. It’s always easier to do this with the help of a driving recruitment consultancy.

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Class 1 HGV Driver Jobs with Multistaff

Getting your HGV licence is straightforward with Multistaff. All of our recruitment team are fully trained in giving you advice and guidance to take your logistics career to the next level.

We are able to connect you to your HGV driver jobs, and supply you with the information you need to begin an exciting career in logistics. Our team is professional, friendly and personable – and we do everything we can to ensure your recruitment process runs as smoothly as possible.

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