Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC)

  • Fully funded via PLA, subject to eligibility*

  • 5 days

The Driver CPC is a scheme for LGV (and PCV drivers) who drive professionally throughout the UK. It has been developed as a requirement of the EU Directive 2003/59, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PCV drivers throughout their working life.

* These courses are being supported by PLA funding and are fully funded if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are over 19 years of age
  • You live in Wales
  • You earn no more than £29,534 Gross
  • You are not actively doing any other training supported by PLA ( individuals can only embark on one PLA funded course at a time)
  • You are not currently completing a Higher Education or apprenticeship program
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Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training is continuing professional development which carries on throughout the drivers’ career. Drivers will have to complete a minimum of 35 hours of approved training every 5 years.

Anybody having passed their car driving test prior to January 1997 would have to complete 35 hours of periodic training. Drivers having passed their car driving test after January 1997 and do not have a C1 or D1 entitlement on their license must complete the Initial Driver CPC Modules 2 (Driver CPC Case Study Test) and Module 4 (Driver CPC Practical Test) prior to being able to drive the appropriate vehicle for a living. New drivers must then complete their first cycle of periodic training within 5 years of the date they acquired their Initial Driver CPC.

Existing professional bus, coach and lorry drivers who passed an LGV or PSV test prior to 9 September 2009 are required to complete their 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years by attending five x 7 hour modules.

Alternatively, professional drivers who have still not attained their Driver Qualification (DQC) are now able to complete and acquire the DQC by successfully passing the Initial Driver CPC Modules 2 (Driver CPC Case Study Test) and Module 4 (Driver CPC Practical Test).

The theory test is made up of 2 parts: a multiple choice test and a hazard perception test. The multiple choice test lasts 1 hour 55 minutes and contains 100 questions. The current pass mark is 85%.

There are four modules of CPC which includes theory test, Driver CPC case study, driving ability test, Driver CPC demonstration test.

There is no requirement for a course to include a test or pass/fail element. However DLT Training Ltd will be carrying out the Driver CPC qualification in conjunction with the RTITB Master Driver Scheme, which includes a multiple choice assessment at the end of each module to ensure that the knowledge has been retained by each candidate.

The RTITB Master Driver Scheme gives each candidate an additional qualification to the Driver CPC. The RTITB Scheme is broken down into five x 7 hour modules:

  1. How Can Drivers Reduce Fuel Consumption & Overcoming Daily Driver Challenges
  2. Reducing Incidents When Working On HGV’s & Preventing Vehicle Overloading Incidents
  3. Reducing Drivers Hours Rules Infringements & Reducing Digital Tacho Infringements
  4. Understanding Key Elements of an HGV & Reducing Vehicle Infringements Through Driver Daily Duties
  5. Improving Drivers Physical Health & Reducing Incidents In The Workplace

Courses can either be taken as a 35 hour course in one ‘block’ or a 7-hour course per year.

What do I need to take for a CPC course?

You must take one of these to your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence ( CPC ) training course:

  • A photocard driving licence
  • A valid passport
  • A digital tachograph card
  • A Driver CPC card

Progression routes include:

  • Cat C Driving Licence – Class 2 HGV
  • Cat C + E Driving Licence – Class 1 HGV

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training is continuing professional development which carries on throughout the drivers’ career. Drivers will have to complete a minimum of 35 hours of approved training every 5 years.

Anybody having passed their car driving test prior to January 1997 would have to complete 35 hours of periodic training. Drivers having passed their car driving test after January 1997 and do not have a C1 or D1 entitlement on their license must complete the Initial Driver CPC Modules 2 (Driver CPC Case Study Test) and Module 4 (Driver CPC Practical Test) prior to being able to drive the appropriate vehicle for a living. New drivers must then complete their first cycle of periodic training within 5 years of the date they acquired their Initial Driver CPC.

Existing professional bus, coach and lorry drivers who passed an LGV or PSV test prior to 9 September 2009 are required to complete their 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years by attending five x 7 hour modules.

Alternatively, professional drivers who have still not attained their Driver Qualification (DQC) are now able to complete and acquire the DQC by successfully passing the Initial Driver CPC Modules 2 (Driver CPC Case Study Test) and Module 4 (Driver CPC Practical Test).

The theory test is made up of 2 parts: a multiple choice test and a hazard perception test. The multiple choice test lasts 1 hour 55 minutes and contains 100 questions. The current pass mark is 85%.

There are four modules of CPC which includes theory test, Driver CPC case study, driving ability test, Driver CPC demonstration test.

There is no requirement for a course to include a test or pass/fail element. However DLT Training Ltd will be carrying out the Driver CPC qualification in conjunction with the RTITB Master Driver Scheme, which includes a multiple choice assessment at the end of each module to ensure that the knowledge has been retained by each candidate.

The RTITB Master Driver Scheme gives each candidate an additional qualification to the Driver CPC. The RTITB Scheme is broken down into five x 7 hour modules:

  1. How Can Drivers Reduce Fuel Consumption & Overcoming Daily Driver Challenges
  2. Reducing Incidents When Working On HGV’s & Preventing Vehicle Overloading Incidents
  3. Reducing Drivers Hours Rules Infringements & Reducing Digital Tacho Infringements
  4. Understanding Key Elements of an HGV & Reducing Vehicle Infringements Through Driver Daily Duties
  5. Improving Drivers Physical Health & Reducing Incidents In The Workplace

Courses can either be taken as a 35 hour course in one ‘block’ or a 7-hour course per year.

What do I need to take for a CPC course?

You must take one of these to your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence ( CPC ) training course:

  • A photocard driving licence
  • A valid passport
  • A digital tachograph card
  • A Driver CPC card

Progression routes include:

  • Cat C Driving Licence – Class 2 HGV
  • Cat C + E Driving Licence – Class 1 HGV

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