Driver CPC affects all professional PCV and HGV drivers. Whether it’s Modules 2 and 4 for new entrants, or periodic training for experienced drivers, formal training is required. To help drivers and employers get a better understanding of Driver CPC we’ve put together some common questions and answers.
Driver CPC Q and A
Q, What is Driver CPC?
A, It’s the qualification needed by all new and existing professional truck, bus and coach drivers. This EU Directive (2003/59) was introduced on 10th September 2008 (bus and coach) and 10th September 2009 (Heavy Goods Vehicles).
Q, What are the objectives of Driver CPC?
A, The objectives of Driver CPC are:
New entrants: ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out their legal duties competently.
Existing drivers: confirm and expand on existing driver skills and knowledge.
Existing and new entrants: improve road safety.
Q, Does Driver CPC apply to other European drivers?
A, Yes. It’s an EU Directive that applies to all member states. Each member state has adopted their own version of Driver CPC. The UK opted for a flexible version of 35 hours every 5 years (Periodic Driver CPC).
Q, Does every driver need Driver CPC?
A, There are exemptions to Driver CPC. If you don’t think Driver CPC applies to you then the onus will be on you to demonstrate and prove that to be the case. The general rule of thumb is: if you drive a truck, bus or coach professionally then you will need the Driver CPC qualification.
Q, How many types of Driver CPC are there?
A, There are 2 types of Driver CPC: Initial Driver CPC and Periodic Driver CPC.
Q, What is the Initial Driver CPC?
A, If you’re a new entrant then you will need to gain the Initial Driver CPC qualification. A new entrant is a person who wishes to gain either, C1, C1E C, D1, D1E and D licence entitlement and drive professionally.
Q, I passed my car test before 1st January 1997 and have category C1 (7.5 tonnes) entitlement through grandfather rights. I now want to gain category C entitlement. Do I need the Initial Driver CPC?
A, If you want to attain category C and already have C1 entitlement (grandfather rights or passed the C1 practical driving test) then you do NOT need to pass modules 2 & 4 of the Initial Driver CPC qualification (Initial Qualification).
Q, What do I have to do to get the Initial Driver CPC qualification?
A, You will need to pass modules 1 (multi choice and hazard perception), 2 (case study theory test), 3 (practical driving test) and 4 (practical demonstration test) of the Initial Qualification. This should take 7 to 8 weeks to complete. Your local HGV training training company can guide you through the whole process.
Q, How long does my Initial Driver CPC licence last?
A, Your qualification will expire 5 years from the date you passed the module 4 examination. Within 5 years and every 5 years thereafter you will be subject to Periodic Driver CPC training.
Q, What is Periodic Driver CPC?
A, If you obtained categories D1, D1E, D, DE before 10th September 2008 or categories C1, C1E, C and CE before 10th September 2009 or obtained the Initial Driver CPC qualification AND drive professionally then you will subject to Periodic Driver CPC training.
Q, What Periodic Driver CPC training do I need to do?
A, You must complete 35 hours formal training every 5 years.
Q, Does it matter how or when I complete my periodic training?
A, How you complete your Driver CPC training is up to you as long as 2 conditions apply.
1, you complete a minimum of 7 hours training within a 24 hour period.
2, the course you attend is Driver CPC approved.
Q, Where do I go to complete my training
A, Anywhere you like as long as the training company is approved to deliver Driver CPC training. There are approximately 1,600 – 1,850 approved centres throughout the UK so you should not have too far to travel.
Q, Will the training be in a vehicle or classroom?
A, The overwhelming majority of Periodic Driver CPC training will be delivered in a classroom environment. The main reason for this appears to be cost. It’s cheaper to train 20 drivers in classroom than 2 drivers in a truck.
Q, When will I get my Driver CPC card?
A, Your Driver CPC Qualification Card (DQC) will be issued once your 35th hour of periodic training has been completed.
Q, Who issues my DQC card
A, The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) will notify the Driving Vehicle Licencing Agency (DVLA once your 35th hour has been completed. The DVLA will then issue your DCQ to your home address.
Q, Do I need to carry my DCQ card whilst driving?
A, You will need to carry your Driver CPC card whenever you are driving professionally.
Q, What if I leave my Periodic training till the last minute?
A, When you complete you’re training is your choice. As long as (acquired rights) you do it before the respective initial deadline dates. It is anticipated there will be a rush shortly before September 2013 and September 2014. As demand increases so too will prices.
Q, Do I have to pass any exams for Periodic Training?
A, Completing 35 hours Periodic Driver CPC requires your attendance only. No exams must be sat or passed.
Q, I have an Operator CPC qualification. Am I exempt from Driver CPC?
A, Having an Operator CPC qualification does not exempt your from needing Driver CPC. If you have an Operator CPC and drive a goods vehicle in excess of 3.5 (HGV) or a minibus, coach or bus (PCV) professionally then you need Driver CPC.
Q, I have bus and HGV entitlement on my driving licence. Do I need to complete 2 sets of 35 hours Periodic training?
A, No. Completing one set of 35 hours will count towards your bus and HGV entitlement. Remember the bus and coach Driver CPC came in 1 year before the HGV Driver CPC so make sure you get your dates right.
Q, What if I decide not to complete my 35 hours and continue to drive professionally after 10th September 2013/2014?
A, Driving professionally without a valid Driver CPC after 10th, September 2014 will be an offence.
Q, How much will Driver CPC training cost?
A, There is no fixed price for Periodic Driver CPC training so costs will vary. The cheaper option is undergo classroom training as opposed to “in cab”. If you decide to do your 35 hours all in one go (i.e. over 5 consecutive days) you may be able to negotiate a discount with your training provider.
Q, Do I have to pay for my Driver CPC Qualification Card (DQC)?
A, The cost for the DQC is £43.75. This equates to £1.25 for each Driver CPC training hour completed. 35 hours @ £1.25 p/h = £43.75. You are required to pay the £1.25 p/h as you complete your training.
Q, Do I need to take any identification on the course with me?
A, You will need to take sufficient identification to verify (to the training provider) who you are. Currently both parts of your driving licence will suffice. Failure to bring the required ID will mean your hours for that day won’t count.
Q, How many drivers will need the Driver CPC qualification?
A, No one knows for definite how many drivers will need to gain the Driver CPC qualification. Best estimates put the figure between 625,000 – 800,000 HGV and PCV drivers.
Q, How many drivers are engaged in Driver CPC training?
A, To date more than 530,000 HGV and PCV drivers have started Driver CPC training.
Driver CPC is not going away so employers and drivers are advised to “crack on” and get the initial 35 hours completed before it’s too late. Via this website we promote over 90 established, reputable and professional Driver CPC training companies covering the entire UK. Please use our search page to find your nearest Driver CPC training provider.