LGV & HGV training in Portadown, NI

Hamilton school of motoring has been providing LGV / HGV training for 
Over 19 years, our aim is to make our courses enjoyable as well as successful in obtaining your LGV license. 

All our LGV / HGV trainers have many years experience in the transport and training industries. 

As from September 2009 the minimum age for doing LGV / HGV is reduced to 18. 

As of 1st February 2014 you can take your test in a lorry with a fully automatic gearbox and provided you hold a manual license in another category ( e.g.category b) and this will give you the full unrestricted LGV / HGV license. 

LGV /HGV training is available 7 days a week 

Obtaining your LGV / HGV / PCV Licence

If you want to learn to drive a large goods vehicle (HGV / LGV / PVC) you must have a full driving licence for a car, you have to be at least 18 years old and you have to pass a medical. We are happy to arrange this for you at no extra charge.

All drivers must pass the Category C (HGV Class II – Rigid) test before proceeding to Category CE (HGV Class I – Artic).

Your HGV / LGV / PVC test will last about 90 minutes. During this time your examiner will want you to drive safely to a high standard under various road and traffic conditions. You'll be given directions clearly and in good time and asked to carry out a set of exercises. The set exercises will include reversing within a marked area into the restricted opening, and you need to demonstrate the uncoupling and re-coupling procedure if you're taking your test with a trailer.


Before you can begin training and apply for practical driving test for an artic lorry licence you need to have completed and passed your test for Category C (rigid lorry) and have C+E provisional entitlement on your counterpart driver licence.

If you wish to book training with us and meet the above requirements, contact the office and we can book a test appointment for you and arrange training dates.


The training will be completed on a fully laden lorry with a professional training instructor on a full sized vehicle and will last for five consecutive days. The training and test will be completed at Craigavon test centre and surrounding area.


LGV C1 - 7.5 Tonne

Hamilton Car & Trailer Training provide training and courses for the category C1 - 7.5 Tonne Licence. eg Horseboxes, Ambulance, Motorhome. 

As with the B+E Entitlement, drivers passing their test from January 1997 (including re-tests) DO NOT have automatic entitlement to drive a vehicle over 3500kg. In order to gain this entitlement an additional C1 driving test and theory test must be taken and passed. 

Hamilton Motor Training C1 - 7.5 tonne courses are designed for those who do not require the driver cpc, for example: Any vehicle with a GVW of more than 3500kgs such as a horsebox, ambulance, motorhome or any vehicle being driven that is carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of their work, provided that driving the vehicle is not the driver's principal activity; or for non-commercial carriage of passengers of goods for personal use.  

Driver CPC

The Driver CPC is for LGV and PCV drivers who drive professionally throughout the UK. It has been developed as a requirement of the EU Directive 2003/59, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PCV drivers throughout their working life. There are two parts to the legislation:

The Initial Qualification must be achieved by new LGV and PCV drivers along with their vocational licence to enable them to use their licence professionally.
Periodic Training: 35 hours of training every 5 years must be attended by all professional drivers.

Driver CPC are held regularly every month contact to find out available dates. Courses available Saturday, Sunday & Evenings.

Driver Training

We offer a wide variety of driver training courses ranging from Large Goods Vehicles(LGV or HGV) to Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV Driver Training). To help build your confidence before hitting the road.

Courses Include:

• Cat B(car)
• Cat B+E (Car +Trailer)
• Cat C1 Lorry (HGV) up o 7.5 Tonnes
• Cat C Lorry (HGV) over 7.5 Tonnes
• Cat C+ E Articulated Vehicle (HGV) + Trailer
• Cat D1 Minibus (9-16 Seats)
• Cat D Bus (more then 16 seats)
• Defensive Driving Courses

The route for potential candidates for the C1-7.5 tonne test is as follows:

  • doctor

    Have a Drivers Medical to prove that you are physically fit to drive a Category C1 vehicle, form D4 needs to be completed and can be obtained online D4 Form 

  • driving-license

    Obtain your provisional entitlement on your licence by sending completed forms D2 and D4 with your licence to the DVLA. The licence will generally be returned within 2-4 weeks with the provisional entitlement added 

  • triangular-warning-sign

    Take and pass the LGV Theory and Hazard Perception Test. 

  • Ring Hamilton Car & Trailer Training to book your practical training for the C1 test - 7.5 tonne. 

If you have any queries or wish to book a lesson please call Hamilton School of Motoring