There is some confusion within the commercial transport industry surrounding who needs the new Driver CPC qualification. In particular “do those who already poses an Operator CPC qualification need to acquire the Driver CPC qualification as well”?
Some O licence CPC holders (who drive professionally) are assuming they will be exempt from Driver CPC as they already have a CPC, albeit an Operator Licence CPC. This is wrong.
If you drive professionally and are an Operator CPC holder you will still need to acquire the Driver CPC qualification (35 hours by September 10th 2014 for acquired rights holders.) Driver CPC (HGV) came into force, 10th September 2009 and applies to all persons who professionally drive a goods vehicle in excess of 3.5 tonnes GVW. The Operator CPC is typically for The Operator. The Driver CPC is typically for The Driver (includes Operator CPC holders if they drive commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes GVW.) Please view our Driver CPC exemptions page for a comprehensive overview of who does NOT need the Driver CPC qualification.
If you do need Driver CPC training, please use our search facility to find an approved, training provider in your area.