The C1 Driving licence

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What Is C1 Training?

Those that are looking for a career within the ambulance or logistics sectors often need to complete additional tests to gain the licence from the DVLA to be able to drive. Those that passed their test after 1997 are required to take these tests as currently they can only drive B class vehicle which are up to 3.5tonne. The C1 Driving Licence allows drivers to legally drive a vehicle weighing between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes.

If you are seeking to drive an ambulance or a heavy logistic vehicle, book your C1 Driving Licence course with us at Basegreen Academy. Being closely related to a medical transport company, UKEMS, we are able to provide you with this nationally recognised, regulated qualification, with the help of trainers who have had years of experience in the ambulance sector. We’ll meet you where you are: Begin or finish your course with us at any stage of your journey.

We are a company based in Sheffield and you will drive a C1 Ambulance that is NHS trust standard.

How Much Does C1 Training Cost?

Our C1 driver training programme has three popular options for booking on, the Stage 1 “I’m a beginner” where you haven’t achieved any of your C1 licence yet. This option costs £1080 incl VAT.

For those who have already gained their C1 provisional licence, there’s option 2. This option cost £1020 incl VAT.

Option 3 is for those who have already gained their provision licence and passed their theory test. This option is £948 incl VAT.

Please find more detail below:

Stage 1 – “I’m a beginner”
Medical and Application for Provisional Licence
Online Practice Theory Test and Practice Materials
Theory Test (Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception)
Practical Test and Driver Training Elements
£1080 incl VAT

Stage 2 – “I hold my C1 Provisional Licence”
Online Theory Test Practice and materials (Optional)
Theory Test (Multiple Choice and Hazard Perception)
Practical Test and Driver Training Elements
£1020 incl VAT

Stage 3 – “Provisional – done; Theory – done; Let’s get me passed”
Practical Test and Driver Training Elements
£948 incl VAT

How Long Is A C1 Course?

The C1 driving course is conducted over a two-day period of training. With each day also having a practical test. On day one, we conduct practice for the 3A reverse test manoeuvre, with this test in the afternoon. But also conduct training across Yorkshire hitting all types of roads. On day two, we focus more on roads around the test centre area for your test, with the 3B on road test taking place mid-morning or afternoon. All training is conducted in specialist ambulance driver training vehicles, these are equipped to deliver C1 training but are also used for emergency response (blue light) driver training. These vehicles have been checked and are suitable for conducting the training as required. You will have to always show L plates on the vehicle during your training and testing, these are provided by Basegreen. The medical and theory part of the programme will be organised at a centre near you. If you need any further information or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the team on 0114 212 5910 (option 3).

Meet The Team At Basegreen – Jerry

Meet The Team At Basegreen – Dan – C1 Instructor

Allan’s Apprenticeship Story at Basegreen

Meet The Team At Basegreen – Ben – CERAD Instructor

Additional information


Stage 1 – Complete beginner, Stage 2 – Hold a C1 provisional, Stage 3 – Theory test complete