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What is Driver CPC?


What is CPC? 

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence 

The Periodic Training Requirement

The driver Certiificate of Professional Competence, better known as Driver CPC is designed to ensure that all professional drivers, driving for “hire or reward”  attend 35 hours of approved "periodic training" every five years.  This has become known as “CPC refresher training” amongst drivers, commercial vehicle and passenger carrying vehicle operators.  Periodic driver training is designed to confirm and expand existing knowledge and skills of each driver to ensure that they continue to be safe, courteous and fuel-efficient drivers.

The EU passed the Driver CPC EU Directive in 2003. This affected all professional PCV and LGV drivers. For drivers sitting their HGV or PCV test test for the first time, this means that they now have to sit a new four -part driving test.  Once they have passed all four parts, they are given a  Driver Qualification Card - better known as a CPC card. 

The new four-part test consists of 

Module 1  Theory test  - 2.5 hours

Module 2  CPC case studies – theory -1.5 hours

Module 3  Driving practical test – 1.5 hours

Module 4  Driver CPC practical test – 0.5 hrs.

Further details can be found on the government website  here Become a lorry or bus driver

All drivers, new and existing are then required to undertake 35 hours of training every five years,  to ensure that their driver CPC is current. This is known as Periodic Training

Only courses that have been approved and are being delivered by a training organisation that has been approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) will count towards the Periodic Training requirement of 35 hours.

What licence categories does it affect?

Category C, C+E, C1, C1+E, D, D+E, D1, D1+E.

If you currently drive a 7.5 tonne vehicle or a minibus with more than 9 passenger seats on a Cat B car licence under grandfather rights, you will need to take a driver CPC as this will be classed as LGV Class C1 or PCV Class D1.

Owner Drivers

The Certificate of Professional Compentence for an owner driver will not cover you under the new regulations. The new Driver's CPC follows a different curriculum and covers operational topics such as safe and fuel efficient driving.

If you already have a full LGV or PCV licence

You will not have to take any kind of exam. But you will have to ensure that you undertake 35 hours of relevant CPC training in the five years from the start of the CPC training cycle - September 10th 2008 for PCV and 2009 for LGV. If you hold both C and D licences currently you will not have to undergo two separate Driver CPC's, one will cover both.

If you have your Driver Qualification Card - DQC - you have to complete a further 35 hours of Periodic Refresher Training by the expiry date on the card.  

The Training Syllabus

The CPC driver training covers regulations on Health, Road and Environmental Safety and Customer Service and Logistics. 

1. Advanced training in rational driving based on safety regulations.
2. Application of regulations
3. Health, road and environmental safety, service, logistics

The training for PCV and LGV drivers differs but both disciplines will cover the basics of economical driving (use of the characteristics of the engine and transmission),  safety features (braking and retardation systems).  Other topics include drivers' hours regulations, tachograph regulations, the social environment of road transport, and responsibiliites regarding initial qualification and periodic training.

Further details can be found on the government website  here Periodic CPC Training Syllabus

Training Sessions

Driver CPC training can only be delivered by training bodies who have been approved by JAUPT (Jont Approvals Unit for Periodic Training). Each separate training session must last at least seven hours in 24 hour period, but those sessions can be spread over several years or delivered in one week.  The total requirement is for 35 hours training in a five year period. Courses can be repeated to make up the 35 hours requirement.  The CPC courses do not have to be delivered by a single training body.   Each seven-hour course will be creditied to the driver's record at the DVSA.  Once five courses have been completed and registered at the DVSA by the training body or bodies, a new CPC (Driver Qualification Card) will be issued to the driver at the appropriate time to ensure continuity of CPC entitlement.  If a driver  attends a sixth course in the five year period before the expiry date on the current CPC card, the sixth course can not be registered and will not count towards any future 35 hour requirement. 


The Police and DVSA officials will ask to see your Driver CPC card at roadside checks or if you have been involved in an accident. The driver may receive a fixed penalty fine of £50 if they are unable to produce the card.  Driving without CPC card carries a maximum fine of £1000 for both the driver and the operator licence holder. 

Driver CPC and Brexit

Leaving the EU will not change the requirement for drivers to hold a current CPC card. Although the regulations were created by a European Directive, the UK is a signatory to the AETR ( The European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport) .  To be able to continue to trade within the EU, the UK is required to remain a signatory of the AETR.  

Exemptions - the following are exempt

Driving a vehicle with a maximum authorised speed which does not exceed  45KM/H.

Driving a vehicle under the control of or used by the Armed Forces, Civil Defence, Fire Service or Forces responsible for maintaining law and order.

Road testing vehicles for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or for driver training.

Driving a vehicle carrying materials or equipment for use in the course of work, providing that driving that vehicle is not their principle activity.

These are a few examples of general exemptions.  The government have issued a more comprehensive  list of examples of when exemptions apply and when they do not which can be found here Driver CPC exemptions

Course fees

The fee for a seven-hour course, or a course made up of two of hour 3.5 hour CPC courses, held on your premises, is £400 plus VAT per day for up to 15 drivers per course.

DSA Upload fees are recharged at cost which is currently £8.75 per delegate per seven hour course (VAT exempt).

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