Driver CPC is the new qualification for the commercial transport industry. It was introduced (HGV) on September 10th 2009. It requires all professional goods drivers to complete formal training on a periodic basis (35 hours every 5 years.) It applies to professional drivers (categories C1, C and C+E.)
However not every lorry driver drives a truck professionally or commercially and (as a result) may be exempt from needing Driver CPC.
Initial Driver CPC Exemptions
If you are a new entrant wanting to attain cat C1 or C to drive professionally then you will need the Initial Driver CPC qualification (modules 1,2,3 and 4.)
If you will be driving under other circumstances (e.g. privately transporting horses, paramedic, non commercially etc.) then you will (more than likely) be exempt from requiring Initial Driver CPC (modules 2 and 4.)
Periodic Driver CPC Exemptions
all professional HGV drivers (categories C1, C and CE) must complete 35 hours formal Periodic Driver CPC training (every 5 years.) But this only applies those who are employed as professional drivers. Those who drive a truck for non commercial purposes may well be exempt.
Some examples of those who would be exempt from driver CPC training would include: paramedics, firemen, scafolders or builders etc (whose main occupation is not driving commercially), those who transport horses privately etc.
Please note. The onus is on you to prove and demonstrate you are exempt from Driver CPC.
Those who don’t meet above criteria will (generally speaking) need Driver CPC. Whether it is the initial Driver CPC qualification or the periodic element. For further advice we recommend you contact a Driver CPC training provider in your area.