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Driver CPC


What is The Driver CPC?

Do you drive a HGV or LGV as part of your job?

New drivers acquiring a vocational licence entitlement after the relevant implementation dates (Sept 08 or Sept 09) and intending to work as a driver must obtain a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) before they can drive professionally.

To minimise cost and inconvenience, the DSA will offer new drivers the opportunity to acquire the Driver CPC at the same time as they obtain their vocational driving licence.cpc

Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) has been introduced across the European Union to maintain high driving standards and improve road safety.  All professional bus, coach and lorry drivers must hold a Driver CPC if they intend to drive for a living and both new and existing drivers must complete a total of 35 hours Periodic Training within the 5 years following their ‘acquired rights’ or initial Driver CPC, in order to keep their Driver CPC valid.  Drivers will then need to complete a minimum of 35 hours of periodic training every five years for as long as they wish to continue to drive professionally.


Take the first step with a Driver CPC for new HGV/LGV drivers

As a new driver you will need to pass the Driver CPC theory and practical tests in addition to the licence acquisition theory and practical tests, if you intend to drive professionally. Once you have passed these tests you will also need to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years to continue to drive professionally.


Module 2

This is a computer based test and uses case studies, each one based on real life scenarios you may encounter in your working life. It aims to test your knowledge and how you put it into practice. Each test is made up of seven case studies, each one with six to eight questions with a maximum score of 50. The pass mark for the LGV test is 38. The test will take 1.5 hours to complete and will take place at a DSA test centre.


Module 4

This is a practical test focusing on vehicle safety and the 30 minute test is required to demonstrate your knowledge and ability in the following areas:

  • Ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use
  • Security of the vehicle and contents
  • Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants
  • Ability to assess emergency situations
  • Ability to prevent physical risk
  • Demonstrate your ability through a physical walk round the vehicle safety check
  • LGV tests may also use a piece of equipment which will allow you to demonstrate your ability to secure loads.

The test consists of five topic areas which cover the Driver CPC syllabus and in order to pass the candidate must score 15 out of a possible 20 in each topic area (75%) and an overall score of 80%.

On successful completion of the initial CPC qualification, drivers will automatically be issued with their Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

Keeping HGV and LGV drivers on the ball

To help maintain high standards in both safety and driving, it is important to carry out a periodic CPC. The training will require attendance at courses but will not require drivers to take or pass further examinations.

During your Periodic CPC you will cover:

  • Digital Tachograph
  • Daily Vehicle Checks
  • Drivers’ Hours
  • Safe and Secure Loads

Minimum duration: 7 hours


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