What is Driver CPC Training

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The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. It was introduced across Europe with the aim of improving road safety and helping to maintain high standards of driving. The legislation came into effect in the UK on 10th September 2009.

The CPC qualification lasts for 5 years from the date shown on your card. To keep your Driver CPC you need to do 35 hours of training before your 5-year deadline. These training hours can be undertaken at any time within the 5-year period.

Be aware that if you miss this training deadline, you will be driving illegally and can be fined up £1,000.

New drivers acquiring a vocational entitlement (C1, C1+E, C or C+E licence) after 10th September 2009, have to obtain an Initial Driver CPC in addition to their ordinary licence.

Drivers who already hold a vocational licence on 10th September 2009 are exempt from the Initial Driver CPC. This is known as “acquired rights”, but they will still have to complete 35 hours of training every five years.

What is Initial Driver CPC?

PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) Drivers

If you already have a Category D1 or D on your driving licence that allows you to drive for “hire or reward” then you will already have this qualification under “Grandfather Rights”. However you will still need to do your periodic training.

LGV (Large Goods Vehicle) Drivers

If you are a new driver taking a test in either Category C1 or C after 10th September 2009, you will need to pass all four modules to be able to drive commercially. All drivers that already hold these licences will have this qualification under “Grandfather Rights”. However you will still need to do your periodic training.

Four modules

To become a driver and successfully gain the Initial Driver CPC, a new driver must pass these four modules:

  • Theory and Hazard awareness test
  • Case study questions and answers
  • Practical driving test
  • Practical demonstration test during which the candidate will be asked questions about certain topics such as load restraints and asked to demonstrate their knowledge e.g. using a ratchet strap you must show the examiner how it works and how they would use it to secure a load

What is Periodic Training?

Irrespective of how a driver obtains the Driver CPC, you must complete a total of 35 hours periodic training within a 5-year period from the date shown on your card and every 5 years thereafter. Here are the government guidelines.

Periodic training is delivered through courses that drivers attend over the 5-year period for which their current Driver CPC is valid. There is no pass or fail element to these tests.

The minimum length of a training course is seven hours, although they may be longer. Where a course of seven hours is split into two parts, the second part must start within 24 hours of the first part ending.

Each new 5-year period will begin from the expiry date of the driver’s current Driver CPC qualification, and not from the date on which they reached the 35 hours minimum training requirement.

Who provides Driver CPC training?

There are many companies all over the country who provide Driver CPC training courses for lorry, bus and coach drivers. To help you find a course that suits you at an approved training centre, here is the government help page.

Remember you must complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver CPC. Only approved courses taken at approved training centres count towards periodic training.

If you’d like to use us for your driver CPC training course, please get in touch with us on 01282 504455 or contact us here.

What is a Driver CPC card?

You’ll get your Driver CPC card when you’ve done 35 hours of periodic training. The card is sometimes called a “driver qualification card” or DQC. You must carry your card whilst driving a lorry, bus or coach professionally. Driving professionally without your card will incur a £50 fixed penalty.

You will receive your new Driver CPC card immediately if you complete your training in the 12 months prior to your deadline.

Here is a useful resource for checking the number of periodic training hours you have completed.

Replacement card

You must replace your card if it is lost or stolen. To obtain a replacement, call the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and provide them with the following:

  • Name
  • Driving licence number
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Telephone number

You can pay the £25 fee by credit or debit card.

The DVSA telephone number is 0300 123 7721, Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm.

You can keep driving professionally while you wait for your replacement Driver CPC card to arrive.

Please note that your Driver CPC card does not have your address on it, so it is not necessary to replace your card if you change your address.

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