Driver CPC - Certificate of Professional Competence
ABOUT THE DRIVER CPC CERTIFICATE OF PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE
Driver CPC Certificate of Professional Competence ) was introduced in 2008 and affects all lorry and bus drivers wishing to drive commercially. There are two types of Driver CPC, ‘Initial’ and ‘Periodic’. The one you need depends on the type of licence you currently hold.
This is for drivers who passed their car test after 01/01/1997.
There are two stages to obtaining a CPC using this method. First of all a Module 2 case study will be required. This is a theory-based test taken at your local theory centre. There are various study aids available including the computer suite at our Training Centre. Our starter package includes the cost of the Module 2 test and some of the books you’ll need to study.
The second stage in the initial process is the Module 4 Practical Demonstration Test. This can be booked once you have passed the Module 2.
The test takes place at our on-site test centre using one of our vehicles and is conducted by a DVSA examiner. Some studying is required for this test but we have prepared several films and a useful Training Pack in order to prepare you for the test. Once you’ve passed the two CPC tests and your driving test, you’ll get a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) that is valid for 5 years.
You will then fall in to the Periodic Training category for the rest of your driving career.
Please be aware that you can hold a full lorry licence without a valid CPC. If this is the case, you cannot drive commercially. This is a common issue for drivers who obtained a lorry licence within the armed forces.
This is for drivers who passed their car test before 1st January 1997, already hold a DQC or passed a lorry test before 10th September 2009, or 10th September 2008 for bus drivers.
A total of 35 hours of Periodic Training needs to be completed before a DQC is issued. This training is completed in blocks of 7 hours and is mainly classroom based. We have Periodic Training courses running every week. The Course Planner below shows all our classroom based courses. Periodic Training days currently cost £70 for weekdays and £80 for weekends and include refreshments, upload fees and VAT. Once you’ve completed the 35 hours (5 days), a card will then be issued by DVSA directly to you.
We also run other courses which contain CPC Periodic Training elements. These courses give you a recognised qualification as well as your periodic training hours.
- ADR includes up to 28 hours
- LGV or PCV driving course includes 7 hours
If you have a Government website login you can check your hours here. You can also register on the site too.
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