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How Long Does It Take to Become an HGV Driver?

Lorry on the road in the uk

Despite the unprecedented challenges faced by the Covid-19 pandemic, the transportation industry is still on track to grow at a steady rate of 2.5% yearly by 2025. More people feel attracted to the industry because of its forever increasing demand, premium job security, and excellent wage. But that’s got many people thinking, how long does it take to become an HGV driver?

Becoming a fully-qualified class 1 HGV driver will typically take around six to eight weeks. Most of the time spent waiting will be from the DVLA to put the provisional entitlement on your licence during this estimated time frame. After obtaining this, beginner drivers can earn around £26,406 to £36,678 annually.

Considering the test won’t cost any more than £1,500 to £2,000 (if the employer isn’t paying), it’s a fantastic way of achieving more than the UK’s average monthly pay of £2,050 (January 2022).

What GCSEs do you need to be a lorry driver? 

The possible salary generated from becoming a lorry driver is impressive and above-average. Because of this, many wonder about the GCSEs required to become one. However, it’s rare that employers even ask for these.

Of course, it depends on the employer. Some may specify on the job description that a GCSE pass in Maths and English is excellent but not mandatory. Instead, they’re looking for the following:

  • A full car licence
  • Being over the age of 18
  • Have a professional driving qualification called the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

If you fit the above criteria, you’re considered a candidate for the job role. However, please note that the CPC test must get renewed every five years.

What is the HGV test like? 

Once you’ve requested both the D2 and D4 application forms, you’ll need to wait for a response. If both of them get the green light, you can then go ahead and start your class 1 HGV driver test. To visualise what this looks like, see the below:

  1. An HGV student must complete two primary tests: a theory and a practical test.
  2. First will be the theory test which is split into two parts. The first is a multiple-choice 100-question exam regarding general knowledge of driving practices and highway safety. Second is the hazard perception test which candidates are shown 19 videos that have 20 potential hazards which they must identify.
  3. Once you’ve passed these (part one requires an 85% success rate and part two 67%), you’ll go onto the practical test. Again, it’s split into two parts. The first is general driving skills, and the other is a practical demonstration showing you know how HGV vehicles work.
  4. After passing both of these, you’ll get an HGV licence and will be well on your way to becoming a lorry driver.


After reading the above, you should know what the HGV test is like and other helpful-to-know facts regarding the industry. Now you know this, go out there and get a class 1 HGV driver’s licence. Once you’ve obtained your licence, search our HGV driver jobs to see if there’s anything we could offer you at one of our fantastic clients!