Driver CPC Courses
In 2003, a Directive was passed which required professional drivers of goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and minibuses with nine seats or more to possess a certificate of professional competence (CPC) designed to improve the knowledge and skills of drivers throughout their working life.
There are two parts to the legislation:
- An initial qualification to get the Driver CPC for new drivers along with their passing their truck or bus licence, to enable them to use their licence professionally.
- A periodic training programme of 35 hours of training every 5 years for all professional drivers to keep the Driver CPC.
Driver CPC is a requirement for lorry and minibus drivers who drive professionally throughout the UK.
Driver CPC does not apply to those towing a livestock trailer behind a tractor or a 4×4, as these are driven on a different category of licence. It also does not apply to tractor and trailer.
You are exempt if the vehicle you drive:
- is carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, provided that driving the vehicle is not the driver’s principal activity
- is used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, for personal use
- has a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45 km per hour
- is used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order
- is undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or is a new or rebuilt vehicle which has not yet been put into service
- is used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions
- is used in the course of driving lessons for any person wishing to obtain a driving licence or a Driver CPC
- Vehicles driven within 50km of the drivers base and not carrying passengers and goods.
If you passed your bus test before the 10th September 2008 or your truck test before the 10th September 2009, you are exempt from the initial qualification. This is known as “acquired rights”.
All existing minibus drivers who hold a full valid category D, D1, D+E or D1+E will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training by 9th September 2013. All existing professional drivers who hold a full, valid category C, C1, C+E, or C1+E licence (all over 3.5 tonnes) will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training by 9th September 2014. New drivers holding the above licence categories will have to complete the 35 hours requirement within 5 years of the date of their initial training.
If you hold both D and C category licences then you will only need to complete one course of 35 hours periodic training every five years, not 35 hours for each category.
If you do not complete enough training before this date, you will have to take undertake 35 hours of periodic training before you continue to drive.
Driver CPC requires all professional bus and truck drivers to complete a minimum of 35 hours periodic training every five years (or before the cut-off date for acquired rights and then every five years) for as long as they wish to continue to drive professionally.
The minimum length of a training course is seven hours.
DCPC Course Modules
- Checks and Defects
- Company and Public Image
- Drivers Hours
- Eco Driving
- Emergency Aid
- Fire Marshall
- Health & Safety
- Licence, Weights, & Dimensions
- Tiredness, Diet, Lifestyle
Saturday 4th January
Saturday 18th January
Saturday 1st February
Saturday 15th February
Saturday 29th February
Saturday 14th March
Saturday 28th March
Saturday 18th April
Saturday 2nd May
Saturday 16th May
Saturday 30th May