Updates: Facts

How to Get a HGV License

Heavy Goods Vehicles (or HGVs for short) form the spine of transportation and logistics across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. With a HGV, distributors, suppliers and customers across the country have constant access to a huge range of cargo.

It’s no wonder then that HGV jobs are always in high demand, but how to get a HGV license? First of all, let’s start with the different types of HGV license:

Different Types of HGV License

There are 4 driving license categories for HGV vehicles:

  • Category C+E – The highest grade of license, this HGV license is reserved for the heaviest vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes and trailers weighing over 750kg. You’ll typically find this license used in construction.
  • Category C – The most common HGV license, a category C allows you to drive a range of large trucks.
  • Category C1+E – This license covers you for the operation of vehicles weighing between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes and trailers over 750kg.
  • Category C1 – The lowest of the license categories, a C1 is preferred by professional drivers who require a license for trucks without trailers and vans.

Requirements for a HGV License

So you’ve singled out what kind of HGV license you need, but what criteria do you have to meet before working towards your professional driving qualification, or CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) license?

  • Must be over 18 years old
  • Hold a valid car license

How to Get a Driver CPC

Once you’ve met the requirements, there are 3 criteria that you must meet in order to obtain a full Driver CPC:

Once completed, you must complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years in order to stay qualified, as well as renewing your license.

HGV License Cost

In order to partake in the 5-day training course and obtain your HGV license, there are certain fees that must be paid:

  • £900 – £1,100 5-day HGV training course (category C1, C or C+E)
  • £115 – Practical driving test (module 3)
  • £60 – HGV module 4 test fee


With these 4 stages taken care of, you’ll be the proud owner of a full HGV license and ready for employment on the open road. If there’s anything else that you would like to know on how to get a HGV license and HGV training, contact our friendly team here at Omnia Machinery.

How to Become a Plant Operator: Training & Education

Construction sites can be dangerous environments, full of potential hazards and heavy machinery. This is why then, all plant operator jobs require integral training for each operator and their specifics tasks and plant machinery.

There are two kinds of certificate you can obtain in order to become a plant operator, depending on the size of the site that you’re going to be working on. For smaller sites an ITSSAR certificate (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register) is ideal, for larger sites and most construction companies, you’ll need a CPCS card (Construction Plant Competence Scheme). We’re going to cover both below:


ITSSAR Training

An ITSSAR training course typically takes between 1 and 9 days, depending on the nature of the course itself. An ITSSAR training certificate will cover you for smallscale work across the whole of the UK and Ireland, and you’re able to select an accredited trainer located near to you, or alternatively, an instructor may travel to your site should the location be suitable.

An ITSSAR certificate will qualify the holder to operate all kinds of machinery, including but not limited to:

    • Pallet Trucks
    • Lift Trucks
    • Saddle Trucks
    • Reach Trucks
    • Sideloaders
    • Telescopic Handlers
    • Tow Tractors
    • Dumpers
    • Loading Shovels
    • Skid Steers


CPCS Training

A CPCS card is an industry recognised means of identifying that an individual meets the required skill and training levels required by many larger-scale plants and employers. With a CPCS card, potential employees can prove that they possess the necessary knowledge to perform within a sector with specific machinery to a competent level.

This proof of competence is combined with up-to-date health and safety awareness, two essential areas needed for a plant operator. Relevant CPCS training benefits both the employer and employee, ensuring that employers are taking health and safety standards seriously and are staffing a highly skilled set of employees, while a fully CPCS trained employee’s additional experience and knowledge will aid in making a site or plant safer.   

There are three criteria of CPCS cards; the trained operator card, competent operator card and lastly the tester card, the most advanced CPCS card available. The training duration for these courses typically depends on the trainee’s experience and can range from 1 to 9 days.

The trained operator card (also referred to as a ‘red card’) covers a plant operator for a non-renewable period of 2 years, after which they will be required to upgrade to a competent operator card (or ‘blue card’). This card is valid for 5 years and is able to be renewed once expired, making the CPCS blue card the most popular card type for many plant operator jobs.


Types of CPCS Training

CPCS plant courses include but are not limited to:

  • Crawler Crane
  • Compact Crane
  • Mobile Crane
  • Tower Crane
  • Forward Tipping Dumper
  • 180° Excavators
  • 360° Excavators
  • Industrial Forklift Trucks
  • Forklift Sideloader
  • Telescopic Handler
  • Grader
  • Hoist
  • Loading Shovels
  • Skid Steer Loader
  • Mobile Elevating Work Platforms
  • Road Rollers
  • Compactors
  • Agricultural Tractors
  • Crawler
  • Lorry Loader
  • Slinger
  • Crusher
  • Screener
  • Dump Trucks
  • Soil Stabiliser


How Do I Get a CPCS Card?

There are many CPCS training courses available throughout the UK, and the right course for you will most likely depend on your location and specifics of the course that you require.

One of the most popular means of obtaining a CPCS card is through the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) and their network of National Construction Colleges, the largest planting training provider in the UK. They offer an amazing range of 180+ courses covering a variety of industry sectors, while they also boast over 40 local training locations nationwide and over 90 training groups across the length and breadth of the UK.

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Plant Machinery

The amount of plant machinery available to purchase is vast, and with a number of specialist machines and equipment available across numerous sectors, it can be a little bewildering knowing exactly what you need for your project needs and some of the processes involved.

Our expert team here at Omnia Machinery have compiled an easy-to-digest guide on FAQs you might encounter in your industry, be that construction, quarrying, mining, farming, forestry or other.

  • Why is heavy machinery called ‘plant’?

What remains a mystery to many is, why exactly is heavy machinery often referred to as plant machinery? The term ‘plant’ used in the context of a factory, manufacturing or construction site, derives from the Latin term ‘plantare’, which means to “fix in place”.

Quite simply put, a factory (or plant) is a huge structure which cannot be moved, hence it’s “planted” in place. Plant machinery relates to the heavy machinery used in or around these factories and sectors.

So now we’ve covered the origins of plant machinery, what are its categories?

  • What are the categories of plant equipment?

Heavy equipment can be separated into 18 different subdivision categories, each of which is comprised of various different types of plant machinery:

  1. Articulated – Includes articulated haulers and articulated trucks
  2. Backhoe – Consists of backhoes and backhoe loaders
  3. Compactor – Is comprised of soil stabilisers and soil compactors
  4. Excavator – Includes standard excavators, dredging, bucket-wheel excavators, amphibious excavators and compact excavators among other machines
  5. Grader – Graders are also referred to as road graders or motor graders
  6. Highway – Comprises of different categories of dump trucks
  7. Hydromatic Tool – Includes the likes of ballast tampers, pile drivers and rotary tillers
  8. Loader – Includes standard loaders, wheel loaders and skip loaders
  9. Material Handler – Concerns the likes of cherry pickers, cranes and forklifts
  10. Mining – Consists of mining trucks and tractors
  11. Paving – Includes road pavers, road planers, cure rigs and compactors among other equipment
  12. Pipelayer – A type of construction equipment also referred to as a ‘sideboom’
  13. Scraper – Features standard scrapers and wheel tractor scrapers
  14. Skidsteer – A skid steer loader
  15. Timber – A category comprised of harvesters, skidders and feller bunchers
  16. Track Loader
  17. Track-type – A category including tractors, bulldozers, snowcats and track excavators
  18. Underground – Comprises of road header machines, rock drills and underground mining equipment


  • How can I be sure that your plant machinery is in good condition?

At Omnia Machinery you’ll receive our Omnia promise, that each and every one of our machines are tried and tested meticulously and complete with the vehicle’s model and year of registration, ensuring that our customers can buy a high-quality of equipment with confidence.

Your machine is guaranteed to arrive in full working order and ready to be put to use on your project right away. We strive to provide the best buying experience possible and encourage you to view all of our plant machinery before purchasing, you are even able to use your own tech team to check that the machinery is to your exact standards.

  • How do I know that the machine’s hour clock is correct?

Here at Omnia we only purchase plant machines with full history to prove the pedigree of the machine. Our expert team fully inspect each product and its records, providing our customers with an accurate record of the machine’s total operating hours so that you’re sure exactly what the machine has been operating for.

  • Now I’ve chosen my plant machinery, how can I have it shipped to me?

Not only do our fantastic team here at Omnia Machinery take care of all your equipment’s checks and records, but we’ll also organise the shipping for you too.

In 2018 we shipped our high-quality machines to 27 different countries across 5 different continents. We’re experienced on a global stage, and we are well-versed in taking care of every aspect of documentation, insurance and logistics to ensure a quick and hassle-free shipping process, always keeping you informed with your purchase’s progress along the way.


Should you have any other queries regarding our plant machinery or our processes here at Omnia Machinery, please do not hesitate to contact us or speak to our friendly team who are just a phone call away on +44 (0) 1642 332612.