Choose your language

C1 driver training

C1 driver training

What is C1 driver training?

C1 driver training, offered by the International Road Transport Union (IRU), is a specialised course tailored for drivers who aim to operate vehicles weighing between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes. The course encompasses a comprehensive approach, focusing on advanced driving skills, safety protocols, vehicle maintenance, and adherence to international industry standards. It's designed to ensure drivers are well-prepared for the unique challenges posed by operating these larger vehicles.

What is the training program in C1 driver training?

The training program for C1 driver certification under the IRU is meticulously structured to provide a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application. The curriculum covers extensive ground, starting from the basic principles of operating a C1 category vehicle to more complex aspects such as advanced vehicle handling, navigating through diverse road conditions, and understanding the intricacies of larger vehicle dynamics.

Key components of the program include:

  • Vehicle Handling and Control: This section delves into the specifics of maneuvering larger vehicles, focusing on aspects like cornering, reversing, and parking, which are critical for C1 category vehicles.
  • Road Safety and Compliance: Emphasising the importance of road safety, this part of the course covers UK-specific road laws, international road safety regulations, and best practices in defensive driving.
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Checks: Understanding the mechanical aspects of C1 vehicles is crucial. This module teaches drivers about regular maintenance checks, identifying potential issues, and ensuring the vehicle is roadworthy.
  • Emergency Response and First Aid: Given the potential use of C1 vehicles in emergency situations, such as ambulances, this module covers basic first aid and emergency response tactics.
  • Navigational Skills: This includes using modern navigation systems, planning efficient routes, and understanding logistical challenges associated with larger vehicles.

What are the admission requirements for C1 driver training?

The admission requirements for C1 driver training are designed to ensure that participants are adequately prepared for the comprehensive nature of the course. These requirements include:

  • A Valid Driving License: Applicants must hold a valid driving license, with a clear record, indicating their capability to undertake advanced training.
  • Basic Driving Proficiency: A fundamental understanding of driving and road use is essential. This ensures that the training builds upon a solid foundation of driving knowledge.
  • Age Requirements: Participants must meet the minimum age requirement as specified by UK driving regulations for C1 vehicles.
  • Medical Fitness: Given the demands of driving larger vehicles, a medical fitness certificate may be required to ensure the driver's ability to handle the physical aspects of the job.
  • Commitment to Safety: A commitment to learning and adhering to safety standards is crucial. The IRU places a high emphasis on promoting road safety and expects the same dedication from its trainees.

The C1 driver training program offered by the International Road Transport Union is not just a pathway to acquiring a driving qualification; it is a comprehensive educational journey that equips drivers with the skills, knowledge, and mindset required to excel in the field of professional driving. The IRU, with its global presence and commitment to international standards, ensures that each trainee receives a world-class education in driving, preparing them for the diverse challenges of the road.



At IRU, we offer a comprehensive range of driver training programs designed to meet the diverse needs of the transportation industry. Our truck driver training and lorry driver training courses are tailored for those aspiring to drive heavy goods vehicles, while our taxi driver training is perfect for individuals looking to enter the taxi service industry. For those specialising in hasardous materials transport, our tanker driver training and ADR driver training provide the necessary skills and certification. Our tachograph course ensures drivers understand and comply with tachograph regulations. We also offer PCV driver training and bus and coach driver training for those interested in passenger carrying vehicles. Our 360 driver training is ideal for operating heavy machinery. Additionally, we provide HGV driver training, LGV driver training, and C1 driver training for various commercial vehicle classes. To enhance safety, our defensive driving course is available. For specific licensing needs, we offer Cat D driver training and Cat C driver training. Our driver CPC training ensures professional competence for all drivers.

Discover IRU training programmes

Want to learn more about our training programmes? Browse our catalogue of courses delivered by our network of Accredited Training Institutes.

Become an ATI

Are you a training institute? Discover how you can get accredited and and provide IRU training programmes and certifications.

IRU RoadMasters

Do you manage drivers? IRU RoadMasters is an industry certification programme to measure the competencies of drivers before, during and after the hiring process.