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HGV driver training

HGV driver training

What is HGV driver training and why is it crucial?

HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) driver training is a comprehensive program designed to equip drivers with the skills and knowledge required to safely operate large vehicles used for transport and logistics. This training is crucial in all geographies due to the increasing demand for safe and skilled HGV drivers in a growing logistics sector. It ensures drivers are competent in handling large vehicles and are versed in international road safety regulations, a key focus of the International Road Transport Union (IRU).

What sizes of truck can be operated with HGV driver training?

HGV driver training prepares individuals to operate a wide range of large vehicles. This includes lorries with varying tonnages , and other commercial transport vehicles. The training is versatile, covering different vehicle sizes and types, ensuring drivers are adaptable and proficient in various driving scenarios.

What you need to know about our training:

Training levels

The IRU offers various levels of HGV driver training, catering to both beginners and experienced drivers. These levels range from basic handling and operation of HGVs to advanced driving techniques and safety protocols.

Training costs

While IRU focuses on delivering quality training, we ensure that our programs are accessible. The cost is a reflection of the value offered, equipping participants with skills that stand out in the competitive transport industry.

Course duration

The duration of HGV driver training courses varies based on the level and intensity of the program. Each course is structured to provide a thorough understanding of HGV operation and road safety regulations, balancing theoretical knowledge with practical, behind-the-wheel experience.

How much do truck drivers earn around the world?

Truck drivers' earnings vary globally, depending on factors like location, experience, and the type of vehicle operated. Generally, HGV drivers are well-compensated, reflecting the skill and responsibility required in their role. The IRU’s training ensures that drivers are qualified for opportunities in the competitive global transport industry.

What are the admission requirements for HGV training?

The admission requirements for HGV training typically include a valid driving license, a basic understanding of driving, and a minimum age requirement, which may vary by region. The IRU programs also emphasise the importance of a commitment to safety and a willingness to learn and adhere to international driving standards.



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.

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