So, you’ve already decided that HGV driving is the future career for you. It’s easy to see why – competitive pay, flexibility and great experiences are pretty compelling advantages! You’ve done the training, the practice and the planning. Now it’s just the tests to get through.
You’ll already have passed standard driving tests – after all, you needed a full UK driver’s licence (ideally clean) to begin training. So you’ll have a bit of an idea about what’s ahead. It can take months to achieve your full Driver CPC, and there are more separate parts to the process than you will have experienced with a standard licence.
We have a selection of tips to get you through the process from start to finish.
With 5 parts to the full Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence), two of these are ‘theory’ based. They are Part 1 test: theory and Part 2 test: case studies. You can apply for these tests as soon as you’ve received your provisional licence. Since your pass certificates from parts 1 and 2 are valid for 2 years, it’s a good idea to get them under your belt. In fact, there’s no reason not to be studying from the moment that you decide on your HGV driver career.
The third and fourth sections of the full Driver CPC are made up of off-road and on-road driving, and a practical demonstration. Part 3 is split into a) off-road exercises, and b) on-road driving. There is a sequence to the tests that you should be aware of in order to plan your test booking correctly.
You must have passed part 2 before you can take either the part 3a or the part 4 tests. You must have passed part 3a before taking the part 3b test.
During part 3 of the Driver CPC, you’ll be tested on vehicle safety, practical road driving, and off-road exercises. Part 3a will take around 30 minutes, and part b will involve an hour of driving after you have answered vehicle safety questions.
These key skills should be demonstrated during this section of your qualification:
It’s important to remember that your part b test must take place in the same category of vehicle as your part a test. Plus, you must pass part b within 6 months of passing part a, otherwise you’ll need to take part a again. So it’s worth being prepared and confident!
As the final and most intensive test, Part 4: practical demonstration is probably the test that’s the most nerve wracking. However, once you know what to expect, it can feel less terrifying!
The test covers 5 areas of the CPC syllabus with 20 points available in each area. A pass requires a score of 15 in each topic area, which means a total mark of at least 80.
While you’re being tested, you should be able to demonstrate understanding and awareness in the following areas:
So, when you think about it, these things are pretty straightforward. As long as you remember your core skills below, your ability will be allowed to shine:
You will have practiced your driving for plenty of hours with your training provider before your practical demonstration. On the day, it often comes down to relaxation. Nerves are hard to manage, but use our tips for preparation to keep them in check:
Passing an HGV driving test can seem like a daunting prospect. Especially when there are so many to get through! However, choosing the right training provider will immediately give you the best chance of success. Contact HGV Training Centre today to start preparing for your new career.
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