Category C+E

What is Cat C+E?

Gaining the additional C+E category (known previously as Class 1) enables you to drive an articulated Large Goods Vehicle of up to 44 tonnes Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW).

Adding Category C+E to your licence is a huge step up in your driving career

it allows a newly qualified driver a broader range of career prospects, with the potential for a higher rate of pay and more lucrative contracts.

What do I need to begin C+E training?

By successfully acquiring Category C, you automatically qualify for C+E training. Because you will have already obtained your provisional vocational driving licence, undertaken your medical and passed the theory tests, there is no need to repeat the process; the transition from Category C to C+E, therefore, is straightforward and painless.

What can I expect when training with NEDS?

Category C+E (previously known as Class 1) training is typically delivered over the course of four days (though the actual number of training days will be dependent on your skill level).

Throughout your week of training, your dedicated instructor will provide guidance and insight in a variety of on-road situations;

Your training will cover a wide array of road types and traffic situations, including reversing, junction navigation, roundabout conduct and identification of hazards and vulnerable road users.

Our training team offer more than just practical tuition: they act as a support network; they are able to use their vast pool of industry knowledge and experience to ensure you are optimally prepared not only for your test, but for your new career as a driver of articulated LGVs. 

By utilising the latest technology and training techniques, we give our candidates the greatest possible opportunity to pass first time.

You can expect a typical training day to include:

  • A morning briefing session to highlight the road types/situations that will be encountered that day, and the techniques required to navigate them correctly;
  • Various on-road manoeuvres;
  • An analysis of driver behaviour;
  • Use of in-cab technology; and
  • An afternoon re-cap.

So, what are my next steps?

If you didn’t undertake your Category C training with NEDS, we will need to assess your current driving standard; we will take you out for a driving assessment first and foremost. This assessment will last between 25 to 30 minutes, and will incorporate various road situations. Through this assessment, your instructor will be able to gauge your capabilities behind the wheel, and will be able to put together a bespoke training plan to meet your exact requirements.

If you gained your Category C qualification with NEDS, we will already have an understanding of your driving habits and capabilities, and so a driving assessment will not be necessary.

If you would like to book an appointment with one of our training consultants, simply complete the form below and a member of the NEDS team will be in touch.

We respect your privacy and pride ourselves on our confidentiality; you can be sure that our team will respond promptly and answer any questions that you may have about the training.

All assessments and training sessions are conducted from our accredited training facilities in Team Valley, Gateshead.

*Courses are subject to change at the discretion of NEDS. For more information please review our Training Terms & Conditions.

Call (0191) 500 9450 to book your place

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