Training required for getting a driving licence for a lorry

To obtain a driving licence for a lorry, you need to have both theoretical and driving instruction.

Where to get instruction?

You can get the training required for the lorry driver's driving examination at

 

Amount of instruction in categories C1, C, C1E and CE until 1.12.2018

The sought right to driveC1 C C1E CE 
Form of instructionTheoryDrivingTheoryDrivingTheoryDrivingTheoryDriving
Valid category B right to
drive began before 1.12.2018
231210----

Valid category BD1 or BD right to drive

began before 1.12.2018

231210----
Valid category C1 right to
drive begun before 1.12.2018
  3533--
Valid category C right to
drive began before 1.12.2018
----331530
Valid category C1E right to
drive began before 1.12.2018
--35--720

Supplementary amount of
instruction (valid professional competence)

began before 1.12.2018

--1233510

 

Amount of instruction in categories C1, C, C1E and CE since 1.12.2018

The sought right to driveC1 C C1E CE 
Form of instructionTheoryDrivingTheoryDrivingTheoryDrivingTheoryDriving
Valid category B right to
drive
231210----

Valid category BD1 or BD right to drive

231210----
Valid category C1 right to
drive
--10733--
Valid category C right to
drive
----331530
Valid category C1E right to
drive
--107--1227
Supplementary amount of
instruction (valid professional competence)
--1233510

 

You can take the driving examination based on supplementary instruction on the following terms:

  • You have completed the basic level of professional competence with 280 hours of training and your competence has been valid for 1 year.
  • You have completed the basic level of professional competence with 140 hours of training and your competence has been valid for 2 years.
  • Your right to drive a lorry has started before 10 September 2009 and you have achieved professional competence with basic level training or 35 hours of additional training.
  • You have not taken another driving examination on the grounds of professional competence within the previous year.

 

Required skills

The driving instruction for a driving licence for a lorry must include instruction based on the special features of the vehicle to ensure that the driver is in command of

  • the correct use, handling and transportation of the lorry in compliance with traffic rules,
  • taking different traffic situations and environments into account and
  • following a safe, economic, ecological and flexible driving style.

The training must also include

  • first-aid training required for acting in an accident site and
  • identification and avoidance of traffic incidents (instruction of anticipatory driving).

The driving instruction must include category-specific theoretical and driving lessons.

The instruction must follow a curriculum authorised by the Finnish Transport and Communication Agency (previously Finnish Transport Safety Agency).