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What is Driver CPC

The Driver CPC is 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.

Any drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes, and minibuses with nine seats or more, must obtain a Driver CPC. New drivers wishing to obtain a vocational licence to drive professionally will need to pass the Driver CPC initial qualification. NB: The 'Transport Manager's CPC' also known as the 'Operator's CPC' is a separate qualification and anyone holding one who still drives professionally as part of their job also needs to hold a Driver CPC.


All drivers need to complete a minimum of 35 hours of periodic training every five years. The training will require attendance at courses but will not require drivers to take or pass further examinations. How you gain your Driver CPC will depend upon when you obtained your vocational licence. If you are a bus or coach driver and held your vocational licence (D, D1, DE, D1E) prior to 10 September 2008 you have acquired rights until 9 September 2013.

If you are a lorry driver and held your vocational licence (C, C1, CE, C1E) prior to 10 September 2009 you have acquired rights until 9 September 2014. To keep your Driver CPC and continue driving professionally beyond this date, you will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training.

Periodic training is continuing professional development for bus, coach and lorry drivers. It carries on throughout the professional driver's career - no matter how infrequently they drive.

The minimum length of a training course is seven hours of training time. Where a course of seven hours is split into two parts the second part must start within 24 hours of the completion of the first part.

It is important that you allow yourself enough time to complete your training within the five year period. There is no advantage in delaying your periodic training.

The sooner you train, the sooner your knowledge and skills will be refreshed and updated, which will enhance your professionalism.

Driver CPC requires all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers to complete a minimum of 35 hours periodic training every five years for as long as they wish to continue to drive professionally. Only one set of periodic needs to be completed if you hold both a PCV & LGV licence.

Periodic training is designed to complement the individual driver's work and be relevant & applicable to their every day job. The courses will also enable drivers to keep up to date with the changing regulations, guidelines & technology.

The broader syllabus spectrum covers subjects such as:
• Drivers hours & Tachograph
• Vehicle Loading & Security
• Safe and fuel efficient driving techniques
• Advanced driving - observation, planning & anticipation
• Legal requirements - Vehicle checks; Incident Reporting
• Health and safety - Banksman Duties
• Customer Service & Dealing with Challenging Behaviour
• Disability Awareness
• First Aid in the workplace

Network Driving Consultancy can offer you or your company a JAUPT approved course that;
• Is specific to your needs & class of vehicle
• Delivered by highly qualified approved instructors
• Flexible to include weekends & split days
• In comfortable facilities
• Has competitive prices
• Offers discounts for group bookings of 5+ drivers

From the lone driver to the company or operator, you will be most welcome. Contact us if you are looking to book yourself or employees onto a course, or just need some free no obligation advice or information.