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Trailer Towing

There are many reasons why people use their cars for towing, such as towing caravans, boats, jet skis or small trailers for the tip run.  Motorbikes, quads, lawnmowers and horses can be towed in various types of trailer and even cars being towed behind camper vans are counted as trailers too.

We offer CTSL certification on Trailer Towing.

Trailer Towing

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with the knowledge and practical skills needed to safely tow a trailer.  This course includes theory and practical elements, with tests being conducted on each.


The duration of the course depends on the experience level of the delegates attending and the length of vehicle/trailer being used.  Typically, these are:

  • 2 Day – Novice Course
  • 1 Day – Experienced Operator Course (no previous certification)
  • 1 Day – Refresher Course (proof of previous certification is required).

Attendee Numbers

A maximum of 2 delegates can attend this course.


Upon successful completion of the tests, delegates will be issued with a Central Training Services Limited Theory and Practical Certificate, valid for 3 years.  A 1 Day Refresher Course is recommended every 3 years.

* Delegates attending this course must already hold categories B & E on their driving licence.


This course can take place at a location of your choice, using your vehicle and trailer, subject to onsite requirements.


The rules on what you can tow are different depending on when you passed your driving test.  The following information has been taken from the


Licences issued from 1 January 1997

If you passed your car driving test on or after 1 January 1997 you can:


  • drive a car or van up to 3,500kg MAM towing a trailer of up to 750kg MAM
  • tow a trailer over 750kg MAM as long as the combined MAM of the trailer and towing vehicle is no more than 3,500kg

MAM is the limit on how much the vehicle can weigh when it’s loaded.

You have to pass the car and trailer driving test (B+E test) if you want to tow anything heavier.


Licences issued before 1 January 1997

If you passed your car test before 1 January 1997 you’re usually allowed to drive a vehicle and trailer combination up to 8,250kg MAM. View your driving licence information to check.


You’re also allowed to drive a minibus with a trailer over 750kg MAM.