How to become a hgv driver
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist training providers
You could do a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) Driver C and E Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.
The armed forces offer some HGV driving apprenticeship roles.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
If you're already working for a transport operator, your employer might support you to get your HGV driving licence.
You'll need to get a professional driving qualification called the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
Lots of organisations offer this course. You can find training to become a HGV driver or search for training providers through the National Vocational Driving Instructor Register (NVDIR).
You might find it useful to compare several providers before signing up to one.
The course will cover driving skills, basic mechanics and how to load items. At the end of your course you'll need to pass 4 parts of the CPC test which includes:
- a driving theory test
- online case studies
- a test of your practical driving ability
- a practical demonstration test
If you're returning to work, you might need to do refresher training. You can find out more about returning to be a HGV driver.
You might be able to apply for a place on a Skills Bootcamp in HGV driving.
Skills Bootcamps are free, flexible courses that last up to 16 weeks.
When you pass the course, you:
- are guaranteed a job interview with an employer near where you live
- can drive large vehicles
- will have a category C or category CE driving licence
Companies often need more HGV drivers at peak times. This demand for jobs can affect salaries.
You could look for seasonal opportunities on retail and delivery company websites or with driver recruitment agencies.
You can find out more about:
- how to become a qualified HGV driver
- driver training and the licences you need from Logistics UK and the Road Haulage Association
- careers in HGV driving from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Generation Logistics