Driver CPC is a qualifications for LGV (‘HGV’) and PCV Drivers who drive professionally in the UK. The EU introduced the legislation from 10th September 2008 for Bus and Coach Drivers and from 2009 for LGV Drivers of vehicles over 3.5 ton. Driver CPC Training was introduced to improve knowledge and maintain high driving standards and road safety.
There are 2 types of DCPC training;
Initial Driver CPC – The initial qualification is to be achieved by new LGV and PCV Drivers and will be included within your training programme to gain your first LGV and PCV licences. By gaining the Initial Qualification this enables you to be able to use your licence professionally and drive for work purposes.
During your training programme you will be required to undertake Initial CPC Modules 2 and 4. Module 2 is a theoretical case study test and Module 4 is a practical demonstration test, you will be required to pass both tests to be able to gain your Driver Qualification Card (otherwise known as DQC card or Driver CPC card). Once you have gained your DQC card you will then be required to complete 35 hours of Periodic Driver CPC Training every 5 years within the expiry date issued on your DQC card.
Periodic Driver CPC – All professional Drivers must undertake 35 hours of DCPC training every 5 years, each Driver may have a unique 5 year training cycle depending on when you acquired your LGV licence.
If you passed your UK car test before January 1997 you may have a LGV Category C1 entitlement by Acquired Rights (Grandfather Rights) on your licence or if you gained your first LGV vocational entitlement before 9th September 2009 you will not need to complete Initial DCPC training but will be required to complete 35 hours of Periodic CPC training to be able to gain your Driver Qualification Card. You will then need to complete 35 hours of training every 5 years thereafter.