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CPC Driver Training - FAQ's

How many drivers will there be attending each session?

The maximum number of drivers allowed on any of our sessions is twenty.

How much will it cost?

This will depend on a number of factors; please "contact us" so that your company / individual needs can be assessed and a quotation can then be provided. Prices start from £40 + VAT + UPLOAD per person per 1 day course.

Where will the training take place?

We can conduct training at any number of locations or customer's premises throughout the whole of the UK; however, each location will be subject to a site visit / assessment by a member of the CPC-Driver Training Ltd. team before training can take place there. We have regional centres in the "North West" & "Midlands".

What is the purpose of the LGV Driver CPC?

To improve the knowledge and skills of all lorry drivers, this will result in: · Increased road safety (protecting all road users), · Improving the road freight transport industry (better staff performance, better recruitment and retention & more economical vehicle usage), · Improved professionalism of drivers (skill levels, maintenance & career opportunities), · Improving the environment (reduced fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and vehicle wear).

What does the Driver CPC involve?

As well as a driving licence, lorry drivers who drive professionally will have to hold a Certificate of Professional Competence which is renewable every 5 years. There will be an "initial" qualification for new drivers, and "periodic training" for new and existing drivers. Driver CPC will come into force on 10 September 2009 for LGV drivers. Drivers who hold a vocational licence (i.e. C1, C, C+E etc.) prior to this date will not require the "initial" 35 hours of training but will require the "periodic" training which is 35 hours prior to 9 September 2014. This implementation date applies to all EU member states.

Drivers who wish to continue to drive vocationally must; undertake 35 hours (5 courses) of approved training every 5 years and carry a valid (in date) driver qualification card (DQC) with them.

Who will the LGV Driver CPC affect?

All professional drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes unless they qualify for an exemption.

Can I work as a driver without a Driver CPC?

No, unless in exempted circumstances under CPC rules.

Can an 18 year old drive a full sized lorry?

Yes, under the new regulations a person of 18 can acquire a category C (followed by a Category C+E) licence as long as they also acquire the initial Driver CPC.

Do the regulations for Periodic Training have any impact on those drivers who need to renew their vocational licence every year because of age or health reasons?

No, these drivers will still need to renew their licence as any other driver would.

Does the Driver CPC Directive alter the medical requirements for LGV drivers?


Will Driver CPC apply to foreign nationals?

Yes, Driver CPC applies across all EU Member States therefore all of those drivers will be required to qualify and hold a Driver CPC in exactly the same way as UK drivers.

What vehicles may be used for Driver CPC regulated training and testing?

For the Initial Driver CPC there are no EU rules on the vehicles that drivers must use for the training prior to the test. For the Driver CPC practical test, vehicles used must satisfy the minimum test standards for the vocational driving test. There are no EU rules concerning vehicles used for periodic training.

What is DSA's involvement?

DSA is leading, on behalf of the Department for Transport, the implementation of the project. As well as legislation, this involves establishing and implementing arrangements for training and testing for both the initial qualification and periodic training.

Do those driving vehicles under a category B (car) licence need CPC?

Anyone driving under a category B licence is out of scope of the Directive.

What LGV licence categories will be affected by Driver CPC?

C1, C & C+E

If a driver already holds an initial CPC for one LGV category (e.g. rigid lorry Category C), will that person need another CPC to drive another LGV Category (e.g. articulated lorry Category C+E)?

No. (This will not affect the requirement to pass the relevant driving licence acquisition test for the additional category.)

What if an LGV driver completes their 35 hours of Periodic Training early, say in 2010?

This driver will be sent their driver qualification card in 2010 when they have completed their 35 hours of training. This card will have an expiry date of September 2014. This means that in order to renew the card in 2019 the driver will need to have completed another 35 hours of training between 2014 and 2019.