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Driving Goods Vehicle


Driving Goods Vehicles

The  Level 2 Certificate is for drivers who wish to show that they can operate a vehicle safely and work within legislation.  The qualification is designed with the needs of the goods vehicle industry in mind.

Drivers are assessed by observing their competence in pre-driving checks, checking the load, use of tachographs and also the monitoring of loading goods.

Drivers will be observed driving the cab and should help them to produce evidence for their portfolio by working with their employer.

This also encourages them to develop safe driving skills and outlines good practice in unloading goods vehicles, coupling and uncoupling vehicles, where applicable.

The programme consists of units made up to achieve a number of credits for a Level 2 Certificate which is assessed externally with a certificate upon successful completion.  There are three pathways to choose from depending upon the vehicle being driven.

Pathway 1
Motor Cycle operators
Pathway 2 
Van drivers up to 3.5 tonne ( Cat B licence holder)
Pathway 3 Rigid vehicle driver - up to 7.5 tonnes – Cat C1 licence holder or over 7.5 tonnes
(Cat C licence holder)
Pathway 4
Articulated vehicle – over 7.5 tonnes (Cat C+E licence holder)


An example of the units for one of the pathways:

Level 2 qualification for Rigid Vehicles

  • Mandatory units
  • Obtain information on the collection and/or deliver of loads
  • Prepare the rigid vehicle for driving
  • Protect the rigid vehicle and the load
  • Operate and monitor the rigid vehicle systems
  • Manoeuvre the rigid vehicle in restricted spaces

Benefits to the driver:

Enables you to be considered as a professional goods vehicle driver who is able to drive goods vehicles safely and efficiently, as expected of an experienced driver


Benefits to the employer:  

The DGV qualification demonstrates to an employer that the employee is capable and competent to do their own job and confirms to the employee that they have a range of flexible skills backed up by a nationally recognised vocational qualification.


This qualification is part of the apprenticeship framework and candidates could be eligible for funding.  click here for information on Apprenticeships

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