We at www.nolgvbrokers.co.uk have devised the top 5 HGV Training tips to help you take the right road to your new truck driving career. There is a lot more to acquiring HGV training than you might think. Before you start any training it’s fundamental you choose the right HGV training provider.
Cost is always a factor but should not be paramount. Sometimes by paying peanuts you end up with monkeys!
Consider the following
1, Do your research before handing over ANY MONEY. Acquiring HGV entitlement is a serious business. In reality it can cost you anything between £900 and £2,800 (depending if you want C and C+E and/or Driver CPC etc.). Most people now source an HGV training provider via the internet. Don’t just go for the Google sponsored listings or those websites that claim you will pass in 5 days and earn up to £40K a year. Something that sounds too good to be true is normally just that!
Look further through the natural listings and try and find a provider in your area. Better still use our search engineto find an approved, quality provider near you. It’s worth knowing that there aren’t any national HGV training providers.
The fact is the overwhelming majority of HGV driver training is delivered by local independent providers.
2, Make sure the training company employs DSA approved Instructors. This should be one of your 1st questions to any training provider. Why? Because The DSA (Driving Standards Agency) qualification is the recognised standard within the HGV training industry. It confirms an instructor’s competence and demonstrates an investment by his employer (the training company). The DSA approval / qualification is only voluntary and therefore not mandatory. It makes perfect sense to go with a company that goes the extra mile and invests in recognition rather than one that doesn’t. Only training companies that are DSA approved centres or employ DSA approved instructors can be sourced via our HGV Training search page on our website.
3, now you have found a training company that employs DSA approved Instructors and is in your area it is highly recommended you visit them.
Any reputable training company would welcome your visit with open arms. If they don’t want you to visit them you have to ask why? What are they hiding? It doesn’t need to be a day out or anything. After half an hour you will get the feel if the company is right for you. Some useful question to ask while visiting, include:
• How long has the company been in business?
• What is their average pass rate?
• Can you meet any of the instructors?
• Can you see the training vehicles?
• Where will the training be delivered from?
• What are the training times and training ratio (1-2-1, 1-1 etc.?)
• What HGV test centre will be used? You don’t want to travel 2 hours to the nearest centre!
• Can you have an assessment drive?
4, don’t feel pressurized into parting with any money (especially over the phone) until you’re confident the training company can meet your aspirations and help you achieve your goals. If you are happy to proceed and want to book we advise you pay a deposit initially, via credit card if possible. Most reputable HGV training companies will be happy to accept a deposit to secure your booking. You will however no doubt have to pay the full amount owed shortly before you start your course.
5, with the implementation of Driver CPC new entrants who want to drive professionally after passing the HGV driving test will need to pass 3 theory and 2 practical tests in total. Make sure the HGV training company you choose can help you achieve all elements of Driver CPC. Attaining just modules 1&3 will not suffice. You don’t want to end up having to look for another company to complete modules 2 & 4.By asking a few simple questions and doing some research can save you an awful lot of time and money.