The Next Steps in a Career in Logistics

Taking the next step in your career as an HGV driver is an exciting process. It is likely that you already have your Driver CPC, the basic licence needed to be a professional driver. After this licence, there are a number of routes you can take depending on the type of vehicle you want to drive. Knowing what the most popular steps to take next are is important, but you also need to know how this affects your future.

Cat C1

This is the licence category for the smallest haulage vehicles allowed on the road. The Cat C1 licence is what most professional van drivers will have. If you want to drive a minibus, van or other large road vehicles, you need this licence.

It allows you to drive any vehicle weighing 3,500kg to 7,500kg, along with a trailer that weighs up to 750kg. To get this licence, you need to complete practical driving in a vehicle of this size. You will also need to take a 2-part theory exam and a driving test.

Cat C1+E

This is the highest possible licence level you can get and allows you to drive any heavy goods vehicle. As you will have a range of vehicles to drive, you can choose any HGV driving job on the market. Your salary will also be higher because you have the maximum licence and you may get better hours and perks.

The Cat C1+E licence allows you to drive any heavy goods vehicle with a trailer over 750kg. In order to get this licence, you need to achieve the lower licences first. You then have to take 2 theory tests and a practical test.

Cat C

To get a Cat C licence, you need to upgrade from a Cat C1 or Cat C1E licence. You can also upgrade from your standard Cat B drivers’ licence. When you have a Cat C licence, you will be able to drive vehicles that weigh more than 3,500kg with a trailer of up to 750kg. This licence does require you to take a theory exam and a practical test. You might need support to help you get through this.

Cat C+E

This is a step up from the Cat C licence. This licence will cover all the vehicles the Cat C does but adds some extra weight and size to the vehicles you are able to drive. When you have this licence, you can drive any heavy goods vehicle over 3,500kg with a much larger trailer. This licence does require a 2-part theory exam and a practical test.

There are a few different licences that you can choose to get based on what you want to do in the future. You will need to consider what type of HGV driver you want to be before you commit to any licences. If you are unsure about what to do, HGV training centres have trainers who can help you understand all the requirements and qualifications. They will also offer the comprehensive training you need to pass all the exams and get the licence. Working with a reputable training centre will help you get further in your career faster.