A goods vehicle licence up to a maximum of 7.5 tonnes requires the driver to hold an LGV C1 licence.

  • If you passed your driving test prior to January 1st 1997 you can drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes C1, tow a trailer with a car, B+E, and tow a small trailer only with a 7.5 tonne vehicle C1+E restriction 107, 8250kg.

  • spacerIf you have and are now considering driving a large van over 3500kg MAM, a large Horsebox, becoming a Paramedic or applying for a delivery driver job using this type of vehicle, you require a C1 licence.

DSA Category C1 Test Preparation CourseThe intensive course is 2 days long with the test on the 2nd day. The test is marked at a considerable higher standard than the regular practical driving test. It is not just about reversing with a larger vehicle, it is also about improving your own driving skills and being aware of the limitations and size of the new vehicle you are in control of.

You will need the standard B Class licence to undertake this course and have passed a medical and gained success in both the Theory and Hazard Awareness tests for this licence Category

The day course starts at 8.30am and finishes approx 4.30pm. You will have 2 small breaks and a lunch period. The course will include road driving, the law, understanding loading plus the off-road handling exercise and controlled stop. The following day the C1 test will be arranged and you will have training before the test.

Please contact us for more details or should you have any further questions.


Category C1+E LGV Training


Category C1+E allows vehicles to be combined with a trailer over 750kgs MAM provided the combination does not exceed 12 tonnes MAM and the laden weight of the trailer does not exceed the unladen weight of the towing vehicle.

In order to gain this entitlement category B licence holders have to pass further tests - subcategory C1 (theory and practical) followed by C1+E practical. There is no subcategory C1+E theory test. It will not be possible to go directly from category B to subcategory C1+E.

Because EC regulations limit drivers aged under 21 years to driving vehicles or combinations which weigh no more than 7.5 tonnes MAM, drivers under the age of 21 are not allowed to drive subcategory C1+E vehicles up to 12 tonnes MAM. But 18 year old drivers are allowed to take a test for subcategory C1+E which will allow trailers in excess of 750kgs MAM to be towed. Entitlement is limited to a combination weight of 7.5 tonnes MAM until the driver reaches 21 years, at which time the balance of 12 tonnes MAM entitlement automatically becomes effective.

The course fee is £699 and is based on the same layout as our C1 course, however more emphasis will be on the trailer element and it's correct manoeuvring, for more information please contact us

Category C1, C1+E & B+E Test Preparation Courses are run by our "sister company"
Select Driver Training Ltd

C1 Practical Test Criteria

  • Answer approximately 5 questions on basic vehicle checks.
  • Reverse into a marked bay - see video below
  • Controlled brake test - see video below
  • Drive for approximately 1 hour.
  • Test may also include hill starts and motorway driving.

Example of the Reversing Element

Example of the Controlled Stop

Vehicle HireThe C1 Test Preparation Course is carried out using our Iveco Daily 52C13 Van which comply's with all the current regulations for the DSA C1 Test. Our C1 training vehicles have the advantage of being small and manoeuverable, with simple controls and gears, hydraulic ABS brakes, simple 6 speed gearbox and light power assisted steering.whilst meeting all DSA requirements with a MAM of 5200kg.

Customers come to us from all over the UK because we can offer C1 training on an intensive one on one basis with a high pass rate based over 1 and a half days, many of our competitors choose to carry out the same course over a 3,4 or even 5 day period. Whilst it may make sense for a limited few individuals to learn on a full sized large truck they will find it more expensive and harder to pass the driving test than they would in our ambulance sized vehicle.

By training with us we aim to get you through your C1 test quickly, easily and save you money. From an Employers view we aim to keep your operative off of work for as little time as possible and successfully train local council operatives, Forestry Commission e.t.c in this fashion, and that's why people travel to us from a far, there are a number of local places to stay, we recommend the following B&B's for your course.

Select Driver Training Ltd are a registered approved training provider for Farming Connect.

Farming Connect / Farm Advisory Service is funded by the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-2013. This is financed by the Welsh Assembly Government and the European Union and could provide 80% funding for the training



Structure / Prices

C1 Test Preparation Course Price


* fully inclusive of Vehicle hire, Insurance, Fuel & DSA C1 Practical Test Fee.

Exclusive of C1 Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception Test Fees:
Many people come to us having already passed these however we can book them for you - add £50


Exclusive of: Medical Certificate:
Apply through your local Medical Centre or we can arrange this at cost.
Exclusive of Accomodation:

2 nights Basic B&B - add £32.50 per night

2 nights Deluxe B&B - add £59 per night

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Payment is preferred through direct invoicing and BACS payments, however Payment is also accepted by cheque. No vat is charged on the above prices.

A £2.95 test booking fee is applied to all bookings made through Select

Fuel Surcharge - (Llantrisant)

Due to Neath Test Centre being resurfaced until further notice there will be a fuel/time surcharge of £39 applied to all invoices as the next Centre East (Llantrisant will be used)

Before you can book an LGV Category C1 Driving Course, you first need to obtain your LGV Provisional Licence and pass your LGV Theory Test, Multiple-Choice and Hazard Perception Test and also possibly the CPC Case Study, if required.  Below are the necessary steps to get you ready to learn to drive an LGV

Download DVLA
Medical Leaflet D4 & Medical Form D4 and order Form D2 from the DVLA.

Book an LGV Medical ExaminationGet a participating doctor to complete your Medical Form D4.  This does not necessarily have to be with your own doctor but you can expect to pay between £60 and £100.  Do not forget to take your D4 form with you.

Apply for Provisional EntitlementSend your D4 form completed by a doctor, your D2 form completed by yourself and both parts of your existing licence to the DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1BR, we recommend you send it recorded / registered delivery. Your licence with provisional entitlement will normally be returned within 2 to 4 weeks.

Begin StudyingWhilst you are waiting for your licence to return, begin studying for your LGV theory test & hazard perception test.  There are various study materials available to help you, such as, LGV Theory Test Book or CD Rom and also Hazard Perception DVD. Unfortunately these won't sit the test for you. You need to put in the study time to pass.

Ask us to Book your Theory TestsOnce your licence has been returned with your provisional entitlement on it, we can then book your LGV Theory Test and Hazard Perception Test. You can also book these yourself if you prefer.

This is carried out at local test centres and made up of two tests; Test 1 is 100 multiple choice questions and Test 2 has 19 hazard clips.

Don't forget to book the LGV CPC if you require it. Click here to book.

Book your LGV Driving CourseWhen you have passed your LGV theory test you are ready to contact Select Driver Training Ltd and book your Category C1 Driving Course.