Introduction to LGV / HGV Driving

In a constantly growing industry, the demand for logistics and transportation has been increasing over the years, giving stability and security to anyone who wants to have a career in driving. HGV/LGV provides variety and diversity and allows career progression and development, if you are looking for a long term job with added security and stability a HGV/LGV Driver is the right choice for you.

After completing the required training to obtain your license you will be opening yourself up to a variety of driving opportunities and logistics roles. There is no difference between an HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) and a LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) – it’s simply that HGV is the older term and LGV is the more recent EU friendly term. So once you’re qualified you’re good to go in roles that are described as either.

RS Training provides a one stop shop for our trainees and clients, we provide you with high quality training, we support you from start to finish to get you qualified, after you have passed we work with Recruitment Solutions to find you the right role when you are ready to progress with your new qualification.

How to get qualified

To become a heavy goods vehicle (HGV), large goods vehicle (LGV) driver you will be required to:

  • Have a full car licence
  • Be over 18
  • Ready to learn

Steps to becoming an HGV/LGV Driver:

  • Medical (D4 Drivers 03003030668)
  • Apply for provisional (D2 & D4 Forms)
  • Theory Test
  • Hazard perception test
  • Practical Training
  • Practical Test
  • Module 2 CPC
  • Module 4 CPC Training
  • Module 4 Test

The requirements for becoming an HGV/LGV driver can seem a little daunting at first but our trainer puts you at ease from the moment you start; taking you through every step of the process to achieve a successful and enjoyable training experience.

For more information on how we can help you get your HGV/LGV Licence please send us an enquiry form, call 01392 430800 or email

Below are a few common questions that we often get asked:

  1. How long does it take to become an HGV/LGV Driver?
    On average it takes around 6 – 8 weeks to become an HGV/LGV Driver. Currently there is a backlog on booking tests which we sadly do not have any control of. This is due to tests being stopped during lockdown.
  1. What is included in your courses?
    We have a selection of courses designed to cater for your individual needs. we offer thee main levels of training which are called our Gold, Sliver and Bronze packages for more information on what is included in these courses please click on the tab marked Training Packages or give us a call on 01392 430800 and speak to a member of our team.
  1. I didn’t pass 1st time what do I do now?
    Don’t worry this does happen you aren’t the first. We offer refresher courses, some with different levels of training and just for the retest itself.
  1. I have got my HGV/LGV qualifications what do I do now?
    We can also provide advice on new job opportunities because Recruitment Solutions is one of the South West’s fastest growing independent Recruitment Specialists, providing employment services to businesses and workers. For more information on job opportunities, we have on offer please call 01392 430800 and speak to someone from our team of Recruitment Specialists.

At RS Training we are passionate about what we do and are here to help you succeed in becoming the best HGV/LGV Driver you can.

So, if you have any questions or would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01392 430800 and speak to a member of the team we are waiting to take your call, fill in our enquiry form or email us on

LGV / HGV Training Packages

Please note this pricing is for guidance – if you have specific requirements please contact us via the enquiry form or call 01392 430800 and we’ll be happy to assist.

A deposit is required to secure your booking on these courses.

Bronze package – 

      • 3 practical driving training sessions
      • 1 Practical driving test

Silver Package – 

      • 4 practical driving training sessions
      • 1 Practical driving test

Gold Package (All in) – 

      • Medical
      • Multiple Choice test
      • Hazard Perception test
      • 4 practical driving training sessions
      • 1 Practical driving test
      • Module 2 CPC test (Case Studies)
      • Module 4 CPC Training
      • Module 4 CPC Test

With our Bronze and Silver packages you will also need to consider your CPC Training requirements – we can offer guidance on this if needed.

When to renew your HGV Licence

You need to renew your HGV licence every 5 years, once you are over the age of 65 this will be every year to make sure your practices are up to date. As well as your retest you will need to ensure your CPC Training requirements are met. We can help you with both of these and are happy to advise you on what you need.

Previously Qualified?

If you have previously qualified in HGV you can start from where you left off without having to take all 4 tests for the Driver CPC.

Things you will need to do:

  • Renew your HGV Licence
  • Complete 35 hours of Training or take modules 2 and 4 of the Driver CPC tests
  • Stay on top of training every 5 years to stay qualified

HGV Retest/Renewal Pricing

Please note this pricing is for licence renewal. To book your test please contact us via the enquiry form or call 01392 430800 and we’ll be happy to assist.

Options Include: 

      • Test with no training
      • 2 Hours Training and test 
      • Half a day’s training and test 
      • Full days training and test 

You will also need to consider your Periodic CPC Training requirements – these courses can be booked online via our website.

LGV / HGV Driver Training Enquiry

If you’re new to LGV driving and need full training or are an experienced driver requiring a retest, get in touch and we’ll talk you through the next steps.

Please contact us and we will be happy to guide you.

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Special Requirements

If you have special requirements we will do our best to accommodate your requests.

If you have any special requirements, please inform us when you book on the course. Special requirements could include:

  • Access requirements
  • Literacy or numeracy support
  • Visual impairments
  • Hearing impairments

We are well equipped to handle such requirements and will do our best to accommodate them on our courses to ensure the best level of learning can be achieved.


From day one Chris was very supportive and understanding with training, straight away I knew I had gone with the right company, Chris was very patient with my bad habits and helped me to make right of them, he was everything you could ask for in a trainer, provided a complete and thorough training through my Cat C training. Couldn’t recommend them enough to anyone. Thanks again Chris.

Cameron, HGV Training

It’s not often that I wax lyrical about a company but when it comes to RS Training, I’ll make a rare exception.

I’ve just completed my CPC with them and from the very outset, they made the process as easy and hassle-free as possible.

When it came to my Module 4, Chris patiently guided me through the process, allowing me time to practice each component prior to my test and he waited like an expectant father as I took it. I honestly don’t know who was more chuffed that I’d passed; me or him!

If you’re looking for a training company in whom you can place your trust for a change of career, you’d be an absolute idiot to go anywhere else.

RS Training, from my limited experience, is committed to your success and you really can’t ask for more than that.

Chris, HGV Training
It was a real pleasure training with Chris and I would highly recommend Chris and RST to anybody looking to complete their driver training.
Darren, HGV Training
Chris is a great trainer, great laugh, explains things fantastic and a great help if you’re not doing something quite right he’ll explain exactly what it is you’re doing to make it easier the next time you try to do it. Great week. Great training. Highly recommend.
Ben, HGV Training
So pleased with RS Training, passed my class 2 with them, loved every minute of it from start to finish, Big shoutout to Chris the instructor, he is fantastic at what he does and a great guy. Highly recommend RS Training to anyone for their training needs.
Connor, HGV Training
I have just done my LGV training and test through RS. Chris was exceptionally easy to communicate with & made me feel confident that I could pass the test throughout. He allowed me to have input in what I wanted to work on, which I found very helpful. I would highly recommend Chris as an instructor.
Woody, HGV Training


I pride myself on how I deliver my courses as I make them as relatable and enjoyable as possible. For me, this is an exciting time as I have been given the opportunity to set up my training courses as I want to and build my own training program to meet every client’s individual needs.

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