LGV Driver Training

Whatever category of licence you need, we are here to support you. From dealing with the DVLA and getting your provisional, to theory test training and finally taking your practical test, Somax @ Weston College will provide you with all the information you need to pass.

The process...

Once you have your provisional entitlement (please contact us if you need advice on obtaining your provisional), you can meet with one of our instructors for an assessment drive, so that  we can give you the best price for your training, and so that you can make sure this is the course for you before committing.

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C1 - Medium sized vehicle (usually a van, between 3,500 and 7,500kg)

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C - Large vehicles (over 3,500kg with a trailer up to 750kg)

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CE - Large, category C vehicles with a trailer over 750kg

C1 (3.5t-7.5t vehicles) Training

Somax are able to offer category C1 training courses up to 7.5t.

Examples:  Horsebox, ambulance and motorhomes

Our courses are delivered around the Bristol test centre area with fully qualified DSA instructors.  You will need to hold a provisional Cat C1 driving licence and to have passed the DSA theory tests before a practical training course and test can be conducted.  The link below has a ‘Next Step Guide’  which will guide you through the process of the DVLA application. We are then able to help you with your DSA theory test bookings.

The driving test will be approximately 60 minutes and will consist of the following:

  • The ability to carry out safety checks on your vehicle and trailer
  • The reversing exercise
  • The drive

In order to determine the length of practical training course required, we would recommend that you take advantage of our driving assessment.  This is a 1 hour assessment, after which we will advise you on what needs to be achieved, and therefore how many training sessions you require.

Depending on experience, most drivers will need between 2 and 5 training sessions.

If you drive for a living you may also require the Driver CPC in addition to the vocational entitlement. See our Driver CPC page for more.

C (Over 7.5t rigid vehicles) Training

Somax are able to offer category C training courses for rigid vehicles over 7.5t.

Our courses are delivered around the Bristol test centre area with fully qualified DSA instructors.  We have now introduced our brand new Volvo's, making the learning experience much better, and reducing overall course length and cost.  You will need to hold a provisional Cat C driving licence and to have passed the DSA theory tests, before a practical training course and test can be conducted.  The link below has a ‘Next Step Guide’ which will guide you through the process of the DVLA application; we are then able to help you with your DSA theory test bookings.

The driving test will be approximately 60 minutes and will consist of the following:

  • The ability to carry out safety checks on your vehicle and trailer
  • The reversing exercise
  • The drive

In order to determine the length of practical training course required, we would recommend that you take advantage of our driving assessment.  This is a 1 hour assessment after which we will advise you on what needs to be achieved and therefore how many training sessions you require.

Depending on experience, most drivers will need between 2 and 5 training sessions.

If you drive for a living you may also require the Driver CPC in addition to the vocational entitlement.

Now that you have passed this category you are now able to upgrade to the CE vehicles.

C+E (Articulated and Draw-bar vehicles) Training

Somax are able to offer category C+E training courses for draw-bar trailer and articulated vehicles.

If you have completed a category C course with us then we would recommend that you complete the C+E test with our draw-bar combination as this is less time and therefore cost. Once you have passed we can then arrange for articulated driving without the pressure of the driving test.

As you have already passed the category C licence you will not have to take the DSA theory tests or the CPC tests.

Our courses are delivered around the Bristol test centre area with fully qualified DSA instructors.  You will need to hold a provisional Cat C driving licence, and to have passed the DSA theory tests before a practical training course and test can be conducted.  The link below has a ‘Next Step Guide’ which will guide you through the process of the DVLA application; we are then able to help you with your DSA theory test bookings.

The driving test will be approximately 60 minutes and will consist of the following:

  • The ability to carry out safety checks on your vehicle and trailer
  • The reversing exercise
  • The drive
  • Uncoupling and recoupling

In order to determine the length of practical training course required, we would recommend that you take advantage of our driving assessment.  This is a 1 hour assessment after which we will advise you on what needs to be achieved and therefore how many training sessions you require.

Depending on experience, most drivers will need between 2 and 5 training sessions.

If you drive for a living you may also require the Driver CPC in addition to the vocational entitlement.