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Driver CPC

What is Driver CPC?

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) training is a qualification for professional bus, coach or lorry drivers. Driver CPC is now required by law, in addition to a vocational driving licence.

Driver CPC is aimed at improving road safety by providing better qualified drivers to help reduce road casualties. You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without Driver CPC.

Periodic Training

As a professional driver you will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to maintain your Driver CPC. Periodic training is delivered through modules that drivers attend over the five-year period for which their current Driver CPC is valid. There is no pass or fail component to these tests and once all 35 hours of training have been undertaken, the driver will receive a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) from the DVSA.

Each new five-year period will begin from the expiry date of the driver's current Driver CPC qualification, and not from the date on which they reached the 35 hours minimum training requirement.

Drivers must always carry evidence of their Driver CPC status while driving professionally. If they are found driving while not in possession of a DQC or a valid driving licence if they have acquired rights, they will be liable for penalties. You can get a £50 fixed penalty for driving professionally without your DQC.

The Driver CPC is enforced in all European Union (EU) member states. If the driver is driving in another EU country, they must still hold a valid DQC, unless they have an exemption. Exemptions for Driver CPC can be found on the government website at:

Modules we offer include:

  • Digital Tachographs
  • Manual Handling
  • Road Traffic Incident Management
  • Safe Vehicle Loading
  • Driver Hours
  • Vehicle and Load handling systems
  • Safe and Economic driving
  • Rural and Urban driving
  • Health and Safety in transport
  • Personal Wellbeing
  • Company Procedures

Our Driver CPC courses can include a mixture of the modules stated. If you are interested in undergoing a specific module then we will do our best to accommodate you at the time of booking you onto the course.