The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is compulsory training introduced by the European Parliament and Council. It is designed to improve drivers’ awareness of road safety, fuel efficiency and career development.
You must hold a current Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and a valid Driver CPC card (sometimes called a DQC, or driver qualification card) to legally work as a driver in the UK. If you drive professionally without your Driver CPC card you can be fined £50. You must also complete periodic training, which involves all professional drivers undertaking 35 hours of training every 5 years
Existing drivers who already held a vocational licence on the 10th September 2008 (PCV) or the 10th September 2009 (LGV) are exempt from the Initial Driver CPC. This is known as “acquired rights” or often referred to as “grandfather rights”.
However, you will still need to take periodic training within set deadlines. You should have already completed your first block of training, and the deadlines for lorry drivers for the second and third block are as follows:
Yes. It is mandatory for all professional PCV and LGV drivers whose primary role is driving for a living.
In order to retain your Driver CPC, you must sign a declaration confirming that you meet the medical standards every five years until the age of 45. After the age of 45, you must provide a medical report every 5 years to renew your driving licence. After the age of 65, you must submit a medical report every year.
CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is a qualification needed to operate an ‘O’ Licence. Whereas this new legislation is called Driver CPC, its full title is Driver Certificate of Professional Competence. This should not be confused with CPC.
Any size of fleet is included within the Driver CPC legislation. If a company has professional PCV or LGV drivers, then they must complete Driver CPC to validate their driving licence.
Yes, as detailed below:
In the United Kingdom there are no rules to say how drivers should take the 35 hours driver CPC training, as long as a total of 35 hours of training are completed within the 5 years. You can also repeat a course within the five year period if you wish.
All courses will be 7 hours long. However, it can be divided into two 3½ hour courses and completed within a 24 hour period, e.g. if the first 3½ hour course takes place on a Monday between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm, the second 3½ hour course will have to be completed no later than Tuesday at 12:30 pm. Each course time (7 or 3½ hours) does not include breaks.
The course can be practical or theory based.
Only approved courses taken with approved training centres will count towards periodic training. The approval process for courses is managed, on behalf of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT)
When choosing a company to deliver Driver CPC training the following points are offered for consideration:
Training centres must carry out identity checks in order to verify the identity of each participant on a course. This requires a visual check of an official form of identification such as a passport and ‘old style’ paper driving licence or photocard and counterpart driving licence.
Each driver should complete a feedback form at the end of each course. The approved training centre should retain this feedback for inspection by JAUPT.
No. Only one set of periodic training needs to be completed every five years. However, Bigfoot recommends the choosing of courses that provide the most value to the driver and the business operation.
The DVLA can be contacted but the driver has to be present at the time of the call. You can also check online at https://www.gov.uk/check-your-driver-cpc-periodic-training-hours.
Yes. All Drivers CPC records will be recorded by the DSA. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure they have received the necessary training to meet their Driver CPC requirements. However, all companies should also keep a record of all their drivers training and further training requirements.
All training records will be kept on the DSA computer. However, the driver should also keep their own records on the training they have received as well as the training required to complete the 35 hour Driver CPC training requirement.
Driver CPC training is for the individual driver and is linked to their driving licence. If a driver changes employment supporting evidence will have to be produced for the new employer.
Driver CPC is the responsibility of the driver to make sure they complete the hours required to keep their Driver CPC up to date. However, businesses should take a proactive approach to ensuring that drivers receive appropriate training that adds most value to their operation.
Yes. Our number is CRS 11253/988.