Making the decision to undertake HGV training is a big commitment. There is a considerable amount of time and money that needs to be dedicated to the process. You will need to study for theory tests, attend a medical examination, complete an intensive training course and a practical driving test. You may already know all of this, but what you may not know is how to choose the right company to book your training with.
It is an unfortunate fact that the HGV training industry is poorly regulated, meaning the difference between the best and the worst training providers is huge. Despite this, the prices do not tend to differ much at all. When parting with thousands of pounds of your hard-earned money, you need to be sure that the company you choose has your best interests at heart and will deliver exactly what you expect.
Problems people face when booking HGV training
Using search engines (Google/Bing/etc)
The problem with search engines is that they monetise search results by displaying paid adverts at the top. As a result, instead of seeing the best company at the top, you only see the ones who pay the most money. This is a very risky way to book training unless you are also doing your own research into each company. Often, many of the top search results will be broker companies, not actual training schools. Read on for more on this.
Using review sites
While it can be very reassuring to see high review scores for a company, how do you know if those reviews have actually been vetted? We know that there are many people in this industry who post 5-star reviews for their own businesses. We are proud to be the only HGV training search site that actively moderates feedback, removing any review that we cannot verify. If you find a training provider through our site, make sure you remember to leave feedback at the end of your course to help others!
If you’re buying a 20-hour course, are you getting 5 x 4-hour sessions? Or two long days of 8 hours each with a test on the 3rd day? Make sure your training provider specifies the course length in days, not just in hours, because a 20-hour course over 3 days is not the same as a 20-hour course over 5 days!