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LGV / HGV – C1, C1+E, C & C+E Training

(inc. Horsebox & Ambulance Driver)

LGV / HGV driver training for people coming from Suffolk, Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire is within easy reach.  C1, C1+E, C and C+E LGV / HGV driver training courses run from Stowmarket or Ipswich in Suffolk* – central to people travelling from neighbouring counties Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire.  We are able to provide you with the LGV / HGV driver training you need to add more categories (C1, C1+EC or C+E – formerly Class 3, Class 2 or Class 1) to your driving licence.

Training for LGV (Large Goods Vehicles – the new term for Heavy Goods Vehicles) will be provided in one of our 5 dedicated training vehicles – making us the largest Suffolk based LGV / HGV training provider.  LGV / HGV training takes place in and around Ipswich, Suffolk.  Training days start and finish at our training centre in Stowmarket just minutes away from our own, dedicated, 3 pad reversing practice area.

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C1 Courses
C1+E Courses
20 Hour C Course
20 Hour C+E Course
Direct Access C+E Courses

Training is always on a 1 to 1 basis!

LGV HGV Training Ipswich Bury St Edmunds Suffolk When phoning around, always check with the training provider to see if it is ‘1 to 1’ or ‘2 up’ training – do you want to share your time with someone you do not know? Will the training time be split evenly? We only provide ‘1 to 1’ training, giving you the best possible chance to pass your HGV / LGV test.Always check that you are speaking with the actual training company. We are a training body – we own the vehicles and training is from our own instructors. Beware of LGV/HGV agents, brokers, etc….. They are middle men!

Training is provided by our instructors who between them have over 58 years professional LGV / HGV driving experience. It will be catered to the needs of the individual but is usually carried out in 4 or 5 hour sessions in either the morning or afternoon. You are required to bring BOTH parts of your driving licence to all lessons.


Unlike some other training companies we have the vehicles ready for you to train in – we do not hire them in and we certainly do not expect you to use your own vehicle or hire one at additional cost to yourself!

Vehicles we use for each category are:

Category Vehicle Gearbox MAM
C1 Ford Transit T430 – For Ambulance Manual 4.25t
C1 Iveco 75E17 – For Horsebox Manual 7.5t
C1+E Ford Transit T430 with Ifor Williams Trailer Manual 4.25t + 2.7t
C Scania ‘R’ Series P340 OptiCruise 18t
C Renault Premium 300dCi Manual 26t
C+E Scania ‘G’ Series G410 (Artic) OptiCruise 44t

Always check, from your first contact with a company, what type of vehicle your C+E training will be conducted in. We use an Articulated Lorry, NOT a Wagon & Drag, to do C+E training – what percentage of Artics to Wagon & Drags do you see on the road?

Did you pass your test using a Wagon & Drag?  Whether it be recently, a while ago or even if you did pass using an artic and have been driving a drawbar combination for many years we are now able to offer a Drawbar to Artic Conversion Course.

The Process

In order to obtain your LGV licence you must first have a FULL UK Category B (Car) Licence.  You will then be required to take a LGV Medical Examination and have form D4 completed by a doctor.

You must also complete form D2(D902) and send this along with form D4 as well as your existing drivers licence to the DVLA. They will then return your licence with the provisional category entitlements.

You will then need to study for and pass your Multiple Choice  and Hazard Perception tests.

Once you have passed both your Theory and Hazard Perception test we can arrange your practical training and test (current test fee £115):

If you have already obtained your Category C then we are able to arrange your Category C+E Training and test immediately.

When attending training and test you MUST have your photocard licence.

If you plan to drive for a living then you may need to do the Driver CPC Initial Qualification. This is generally only for people who have passed their car driving test after 1/1/97. This involves doing both another theory test and a practical test.

Within each 5 year period afterwards you must complete 35 hours training which is called Driver CPC Periodic Training.

Categories Explained

Category C1 – Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg.  This covers ambulances and most horseboxes.
C1+E Training Category C1+E – Vehicles between 3,500kg and 7,500kg with a trailer over 750kg and a combined weight of not more than 12,000kg.
Category C – Vehicles over 3,500kg.
Category C+E – Vehicles over 3,500kg with a trailer over 750kg.
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