Initial Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC)
You must get the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) initial qualification if you’re new to professional driving and want to drive a lorry, bus or coach.
You’ll get a driver qualification card when you qualify. You must have this with you whenever you’re driving professionally.
The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) initial qualification has 4 parts:
part 1 - theory test (this includes 2 separate tests - multiple-choice and hazard perception)
part 2 - Driver CPC case studies test (computer-based exercise with 7 studies based on real-life situations - eg driving in icy conditions)
part 3 - driving ability test
part 4 - Driver CPC practical demonstration test (this takes 30 minutes - you will need to show you can keep your vehicle safe and secure, eg loading your vehicle safely)
You must pass all 4 parts to get your Driver CPC.
When you’ve passed all four modules, you’ll be given a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) which you must carry with you whenever you’re driving an LGV.
Here at PCM, we can guide you through the training necessary to pass your initial CPC, along with arranging and booking all tests required. Just give us a call or drop us an email.
Driver CPC periodic training
You must do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
You have to do the training in the country where you work or are normally resident.
When to take Driver CPC periodic training
It’s up to you when you take the training courses, as long as you do them within 5 years. Each 5-year period starts from 5 years before your current Driver CPC qualification runs out - not from the date you completed your last 35 hours of training.
NB: You must complete periodic training by 5 years from the date you got the initial qualification.
How to find training courses
Only approved courses taken with approved training centres count towards periodic training. It’s up to you to decide which to attend. Visit the .gov.uk website to find a local provider.