Driver CPC Training is compulsory for drivers of all LGV and PCV vehicles everywhere in Europe. Professional drivers of vehicles over 3500kg must complete the training before September 2014 (PCV drivers before September 2013). 35 hours of training is required in every five year period to obtain the Driver Qualification Card (DQC).
Participants must hold the appropriate licence.
Our driver CPC training is suitable for
- All drivers of LGV vehicles holding a category C, C1, C+E or C1+E licence at 10 September 2009, unless exempt.
- All drivers of PCV vehicles holding a full category D, D1, D+E or D1+E licence at 10 September 2008, unless exempt.
What is Driver CPC?
Driver CPC is short for Driver Certificate of Professional Competence. It is a qualification that all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers need to have if they want to continue to drive professionally. This means drivers have to complete 35 hours of periodic training in every 5 year period. Driver CPC came in to affect from September 2013 for Bus and Coach Drivers and from 10th September 2014 for Lorry Drivers (LGV). This initiative has been implemented throughout the European Union and is mandatory for everybody who wishes to drive for hire or reward.
Who will Driver CPC affect?
CPC will affect all professional drivers of lorry’s over 3.5 tonnes, buses, coaches and minibuses with more than 8 passenger seats unless they qualify for an exemption.
Can I work as a driver without a Driver CPC?
No, unless in exempted circumstances or you are following a National Vocational Training Scheme.
Who is exempt from Driver CPC?
There are exceptions from the Driver CPC qualification for drivers of vehicles:
(i) used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, for personal use;
(ii) undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or of new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service;
(iii) used in the course of driving lessons for the purpose of enabling that person to obtain a driving licence or a Driver CPC;
(iv) carrying material or equipment to be used by that person in the course of his or her work, provided that driving that vehicle does not constitute the driver’s principal activity;*
(v) with a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45 km/h;
(vi) used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order;
(vii) used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions
*An example of a driver under exemption (iv) (also known as 'incidental driver') would be a brick layer who drives a load of bricks from the builder's yard to the building site and then spends their working day laying bricks. In this case, driving a lorry is incidental to their main occupation. Drivers can move in and out of an exemption, depending on the circumstances in which they are driving. For example, a bus mechanic would be exempt while driving a bus to check that it had been repaired, but would need to hold a Driver CPC if they also drove a bus on a passenger carrying service.