Find out more
Depending upon the career path you want to take in the Logistics industry will determine the qualification route you need to take.
In order to drive a truck you will first need your car driving licence. Once you have this you can then take your Class 2 licence (Category C) theory and practical test which enables you to drive a rigid LGV (trailer fixed to the truck). You will also need 35 hours of Driver CPC training which you have to complete every 5 years and a medical before you can drive commercially. There are plenty of companies offering these services nationally and they tend to cost around £1,500 to get your licence, medical and DCPC training for a class 2 licence. The minimum age for a class 2 driver is 18 but you can find your feet by driving a fork lift truck or maybe a van until you are 18. Lots of colleges or training centres provide Fork Lift Truck training which is regularly funded if you are out of work or alternatively you can pay around £300 for training.
Once you have your class 2 licence you are then able to take your class 1 licence (Category CE) which enables you to drive an articulated vehicle (trailer detaches from truck) with a maximum weight of 44,000kgs. The average cost of taking your class 1 licence is £1,250 and again you will find companies across the UK who offer this kind of training.
Operational Office Jobs
If you are looking for a career in Operations such as transport planning, Operations Management etc then we would recommend you sit your Operator CPC National and International course. You will need these qualifications if you intend on running your own transport business as anyone who wants an Operators Licence to run trucks must have a National Operator CPC for trucks operating in the UK and an International CPC if you intend to operate in other countries outside the UK.
The cost of a National Operator CPC course is around £1,000 and an International is £300. These courses are available from a wide range of companies across the UK and we would recommend RHA for these courses.
The Chartered Institure of Logistics and Transport offers a wide range of Logistics related training and qualifications which will guide you through your career ensuring you are equipped with relevant and recognised training. Their courses start from introductory level for people joining the industry through to strategic courses for those at the top of the ladder in a Logistics Organisation.
In addition to the many training courses on offer from CILT. as with any Chartered Institute you become a member and use CILT as a framework to develop your career in a professional manner and aim to have letters after your name. It is a recognised qualification which gives you access to a mass of relevant information to help you become a qualified Logistician.