From car driver through to work ready Cat C (LGV2) with a Driver Qualification Card costs £1579 for a 16 hour package.
To go from car to work ready Cat C+E (LGV1) costs £2799 for everything from medical through to the 28 hour practical course. This price also includes the CPC training to gain the Driver Qualification Card.
Driver CPC Training is undertaken to gain the Driver Qualification Card (DQC) needed to work as a driver.
There are 2 types of Driver CPC Training, being Initial and Periodic.
Initial CPC is undertaken to gain their first DQC by anyone who did not have a Vocational entitlement (C1/D1) on their licence when CPC was introduced for the class of vehicles they wish to drive (2009 for LGV, 2008 for PCV).
Initial CPC involves 2 tests – a Module 2 & a Module 4.
Periodic CPC is undertaken by anyone who held the Vocational entitlement when CPC was introduced. It is also undertaken by anyone that has previously undertaken Initial CPC.
All Periodic Driver CPC Training is regulated by JAUPT (Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training) so course and instructor standards should be consistent across training organisations.
Some training is delivered in the classroom, but most training is delivered remotely as this is cheaper and more convenient for candidates.
Course frequency, choice (weekdays, weekends, evenings), number of instructors, friendliness, quality of communication, reliability, and price generally influence a candidate’s choice.
As Initial CPC involves the practical Module 4 test, it is generally undertaken with a training organisation within a ‘driveable’ distance. The quality of training resources and availability of tests tend to determine where candidates choose to train.
The ADR Regulations set out whether goods are classified as dangerous and, if so, how they should be packaged, labelled, and transported.
Dangerous Goods carried in sufficient quantities require the driver of the vehicle to have an ADR licence to cover the type of goods (known as the Class) and the method of Transport (Packages or Tanks).
Whilst there are 9 classes of Dangerous Goods, 2 (explosives and radioactives) are treated differently with additional specialist training courses. It is the 7 more common classes that are covered on a standard ADR course.
It is important to choose the correct awarding body. There are a number of accrediting bodies for Forklift Training, of which RTITB are the industry leaders. This means employers and candidates recognise that RTITB represents a high level of training.
RTITB E-Truck is the new way to substantially reduce the course duration, saving time and money. Some training providers have not yet incorporated E-Truck into their programmes.
The first decision is choosing the path that meets your needs. If you are intending to only teach ‘in-house’ a tailored course may be suitable. Otherwise, a recognised course to the standards of an accrediting body, such as RTITB, will be required.
The second element is reliability. Consider whether the training organisation have sufficient ‘train the trainers’ to cope with unforeseen circumstances such as illness.
Also consider whether the training organisation has a history of cancelling courses if delegate numbers are low.