The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence is a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. It has been introduced across Europe with the aim of improving road safety and maintaining high standards of driving.
The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is a qualification for professional drivers of passenger carrying vehicles with more than 8 seats and goods vehicles of more than 3.5 tonnes. It was introduced across Europe with the principal aims of improving road safety and helping to maintain high standards of driving.
All LGV (vehicles over 3.5 tonnes G.V.W.) and PCV Professional drivers are required to complete 35 hours every 5 years, that is if they want to continue to drive commercially. Many will be covered for the first 5 years by acquired or grandfather rights. Those covered for the first 5 years will have either held a PCV licence before 10/09/2008 or an LGV licence before 10/09/2009. The full spectrum of licences covered under Driver CPC include: D1, D1E, D, DE, C1, C1E, C and CE but NOT a D1 or D1E with a 101 restriction code.
To help drivers meet their obligations, training Courses in a range of 7 hour modules. We recommend that drivers take at least one module per year as this will see them not only complete the 35 hours training required within the 5 years but will ensure they stay up to date with all the latest developments and legislation. We supply every client with all the essential information they need to be made aware of including important legal updates such as drivers' hours rules and the working time directive.
The initial Driver CPC qualification is split into four parts. These include the theory and practical tests drivers will need to pass before they can gain their full vocational driving licence.
The other two parts are optional and need be taken only if the driver requires the full Driver CPC to allow them to drive buses, coaches or lorries professionally. This gives drivers the flexibility to obtain their vocational licence only, or to gain full Driver CPC at the same time.
Please note that all courses will account for 7 hours of CPC training but please allow 8 hours for the inclusion of breaks.
You must take one of these to your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training course:
You’ll get a certificate of attendance at the end of the course. It belongs to you - your employer is not allowed to keep it.