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Driver CPC

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Driver CPC

Driver CPC Periodic Training in Wigan from £60 for 7 hours

Driver CPC Training

Driver CPC is a qualification for Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) and Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) Drivers who drive professionally in the UK and Europe. The qualification was developed as part of EU Directive 2003/59 which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PCV drivers throughout their working life.

Whilst it is the Driver’s responsibility to ensure they have all the necessary qualifications and training to meet their Driver CPC requirements, employers should also keep a record of their Driver’s training and further training requirements to ensure compliance within their fleet.


How much training you need to do

You must do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) to drive a lorry, bus or coach.


When to take training

Your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification lasts for 5 years. To keep your Driver CPC you need to do 35 hours of training before your 5-year deadline.

The deadline to do your training is shown on your card.

It’s up to you when you take the training courses, as long as you do them within the 5-year period.


Finding training courses

Only approved Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) courses count towards periodic training. You can choose which courses to attend. The minimum length of a training course is 7 hours.

Different courses cover different parts of the Driver CPC syllabus.

You’re allowed to take the same course more than once in each 5-year period, for example you could take a first aid course in the first and last year of the 5-year period.


Taking a training 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

You’re required to attend courses, but there are no tests or exams to pass at the end of them. Instead, you’ll get a certificate of attendance. It belongs to you - your employer is not allowed to keep it.


Getting your Driver CPC card

You’ll get your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) card when you’ve done 35 hours of periodic training. The card is sometimes called a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘DQC’.

You must carry this card while driving a lorry, bus or coach professionally.


If you miss your training deadline

If you miss your deadline, you cannot drive professionally until you’ve finished your training.


If you have a licence from another country

If you have a licence from another country, there are 2 ways to get a Great Britain (GB) Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) card. You should either:

  • complete your periodic training in England, Scotland or Wales
  • exchange your driver’s licence for a GB licence - you must have a code 95 entitlement on your non-GB licence to do this