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Driver CPC
Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our Driver CPC FAQ page! Whether you’re a seasoned driver or just stepping into the world of professional driving, we’ve got answers to your questions. Dive into the frequently asked questions to unravel the ins and outs of Driver CPC training. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us – we’re here to guide you on your journey. Let’s get those questions sorted!

Is Driver CPC going to be scrapped?

This might not be the answer you want to hear but the Driver CPC qualification is here to stay although there has been some talk of revamping the qualification.

Driver CPC was introduced in 2009 when the UK was still part of the EU and despite rumours of it being scrapped when the UK left the EU in 2020 the government have announced that this will not be the case although there has been some consultations regarding a revamp of the qualification. The government and the EU have made it very clear that if HGV and PSV drivers are going to continue to drive in te EU then the qualifcation and the way it is gained (35 hours in the classroom).

Is Driver CPC changing?

At the current time there are no changes to driver cpc however there has been a consultation that suggested some potential changes. The changes proposed were to make a national and an international cpc qualification.

For those drivers who wanted the ability to drive internationally in the EU there would be no change to the standard 35 hours of classroom training.

However for those who only wanted to drive within the UK a different test (similar to the module 2) on a computer would need to be taken every year and it would be a pass or fail.

This has not been approved as yet and is expected to come into play after the current driver cpc cycle which is 9th September 2024. You can read more about the consultation results here

Is Driver CPC a legal requirement?

The driver cpc qualification is a legal requirement for all drivers who drive HGV’s and PSV’s commercially. There are some exemptions which are covered in another question below, however it is always best to seek professional advice before driving without a cpc.

Is Driver CPC Hard?

There are two types of driver cpc, periodic cpc and initial cpc.

The periodic CPC is for those drivers who currently have, or have previously had a driver CPC card. This consists of completing 35 hours in the classroom, usually spread over 5 years. This attendance only and requires no tests so is very easy.

The initial CPC is for new drivers and consists of 2 pass or fail tests. The tests are not generally considered to be hard however you will need to study for both tests. The first test (Module 2) is a case study test that asks questions based upon a scenario and is held at a DVSA theory test centre. The second test is a practical demonstration (Module 4) which can be completed at our authorised DVSA test centre and uses a vehicle and loading trolley to demonstrate vehicle checks.

What is Driver CPC Training?

Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is a qualification for all professional bus, coach and goods vehicle drivers in the UK and the EU. It is a mandatory requirement if you are driving on of these vehicles for hire or reward as part of your employment. All drivers wishing to drive professionally must hold a valid Driver Qualification Card (DQC) and in order to get this qualifiction for the first time you must undertake initial CPC. This initial qualification is valid for 5 years in which time you must continue to undergo periodic CPC training, 35 hours of classroom based training every 5 years.

What are Driver CPC Courses?

Driver CPC courses refer to the modules of Driver CPC periodic training. These are 7 hours of classroom based cpc courses which cover a range of topics designed to keep professional drivers up to date with the latest updates in legislation, best practice and industry news. In total a dirver must complete 5 cpc courses every 5 years to maintain their professional qualification.

What is Driver CPC Initial qualification?

The initial CPC qualification is specifically for new drivers and is usually completed as part of a package when undertaking your vocational licence training, however it can be completed independently. The initial cpc comprises of two tests which are pass or fail. The first test (Module 2) is a computer based multiple choice case study test that asks questions based upon a scenario and is held at a DVSA theory test centre. The second test is a practical demonstration (Module 4) which can be completed at our authorised DVSA test centre and uses a vehicle and loading trolley to demonstrate your competence in load security and vehicle checks. Upon completing both test sucessfully you will receive your first DQC (Driver Qualification Card) which is valid for 5 years.

What is Driver CPC module 4?

The driver cpc module 4 is the second test of your initial cpc. It is a practical demonstration using a vehicle and a loading trolley to demostrate competence in vehicle and load security checks. This test can be booked and completed at our authorised DVSA test centres.

How much is a Driver CPC Course?

The simple answer is it depends, some courses are more than others, some have elements of driving in, some even have you out cycling for part of the course (Safe Urban Driving Driver CPC) so the costs are higher.

You can expect to pay around £300 in total to get the full 35 hours of periodic CPC and a similar amount for your Initial CPC training and tests.

Who needs a Driver CPC?

You will need driver CPC if you drive vehicles carrying goods, materials (over 3.5 tonnes) or passengers over 16 seats) any you are being paid for it. There are a few exemptions to this which are covered in another question however it is always best to seek professional advice.

Who is exempt from Driver CPC?

You will not need Driver CPC if you drive vehicles carrying goods, materials or passengers for personal use. There are also a number of other exemptions from Driver CPC for emergency services, the armed forces and specific industries where driving is not part of your main job.

If you are not sure whether you need driver cpc or not you should seek specialist advice. Contact our consultancy team for help.

Why is Driver CPC Important?

Driver CPC has over the years taken a bashing from many drivers and operators and rightly so, as it was brought in with very little planning or concern for quality by the EU and the UK government at the time.

However the days of completing the same coures five days in a row or rogues running courses of 20 people in their house are hopefully well behind us. The driver CPC qualification has evolved somewhat since the early days and studies have shown significant benefits especially in areas of economical driving and the safety of vulnerable road users. The standard of Driver CPC training in the UK has increased significantly and this has impacted the standard of HGV drivers.

What happens if you drive without a CPC card?

If you are found to be driving without a Driver CPC card, and you are not exempt then you could be fined up to £1000.

What happens if I don't get my CPC card?

Your CPC card can take up to 20 days to arrive. If it has not arrived 20 days after completing your final test/course then you should inform the DVSA as soon as possible by calling 0300 1237721. If you fail to inform the DVSA within 3 months you will have to pay £25 for a replacement card and you could be fined for driving without a CPC card.

Can I drive if I've lost my CPC card?

You can continue to drive if you have lost your Driver CPC card however you must report it as lost and pay the £25 for a replacement before you drive. If you are caught driving without the card and have not reported it as lost you could be fined up to £1000

How do I get my CPC card for the first time?

To get your Driver CPC card for the first time you will need to complete the initial CPC tests, module 2 and 4. Module 2 is a computer based test completed at a DVSA theory test centre an Module 4 is a practical demonstration completed at an Authorised DVSA testing Centre.

How do I get a replacement CPC card?

If your Driver CPC card has been lost stolen or damaged then you must inform the DVSA as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 7721. You will need to pay the £25 fee and provide the following information:
– Your Name
– Driving Licence Number
– Date of Birth
– Address
– Telephone number

Once you have applied for a new card you can continue to drive while you wait for your replacement card which will arrive within 20 days.

How long does it take to get a new CPC card?

If you are doing your Initial CPC then you should receive your card within 20 days of completing your final test.

If you are doing the periodic CPC the card will be sent out within 20 days if you have less than 12 months on your current card when you complete the last course to make up your 35 hours.

If you have completed your 35 hours of training and still have over a year before your current cpc card expires then the new card will be sent out closer to the time of expiry, usually around 3 months before the current cpc card expires.

How much does a CPC card cost?

The driver CPC card itself does not cost anything initially however you will have to pay for the driver CPC training (Initial or Periodic) in order to receive your card. If you lose your card there will be a £25 fee for a replacement card.

How long does CPC last?

5 years – Your Driver CPC qualification lasts for 5 years in total. To keep the qualification up to date you willl need to have completed 35 hours of periodic driver cpc training before your 5 year deadline, this deadline is the expiry date on your current card.

How long does a CPC card take to arrive?

If you are doing your Initial CPC then you should receive your card within 20 days of completing your final test.

If you are doing the periodic CPC the card will be sent out within 20 days if you have less than 12 months on your current card when you complete the last course to make up your 35 hours.

If you have completed your 35 hours of training and still have over a year before your current cpc card expires then the new card will be sent out closer to the time of expiry, usually around 3 months before the current cpc card expires.

Is Driver CPC classed as working time?

This is a grey area and the truth is it depends if your employer is paying for the course and requires you to attend. Under the road transport directive (Working Time), working hours are classed as anytime “at the employer’s disposal”.
If you are being paid to attend the couse it is definately classed as working time, however if you have paid for the course yourself and have chosen to spend your own “free time” attending a CPC course then it is not classed as working time.

Who Pays for Driver CPC training?

It really depends upon the terms of your employment contract. Many employers will pay for the course and some will also pay for the drivers to attend the course however legally the responsibility is on the driver so the employer does not have to pay for the qualification.

Who is responsible for CPC?

Driver CPC is now managed by the DVSA in Great Britain. Any driver who wishes to drive professionally in the UK and Europe is reponsible for holding a valid Driver CPC card.

Should my employer pay for my CPC?

Although many employers do pay for their drivers to attend the Driver CPC courses it is not a mandatory requirement for them to do so. Legally it is the Drivers responsibility to maintain their Driver CPC qualification.

What are the 5 cpc modules?

The truth is there are way more than 5 cpc modules however 5 courses is the number you need to complete to get the 35 hours required to renew your qualification for another 5 years.

Different centres create and gain approval to run a number of cpc courses qovering a wide range of topics but the 5 most common are:

– Drivers Hours & Tachographs
– Health & Safety in Transport
– Safe Vehicle Loading
– Safe & Fuel Efficient Driving
– Company Documents & Procedures

In addition to these, as a training centre we can also offer:
– Emergency First Aid
– Safe Urban Driving (FORS)
– Transport Manager CPC (Up to 7 hours as part of the full course)
– Dangerous Goods (Up to 28 hours as part of the full ADR course)

Do I need driver cpc?

Most professional HGV and PSV drivers do need driver CPC however there are some exemptions.

The main exemptions are:
– Not Driving for hire or reward
– Undertaking Driving Lessons
– Driving to or from pre-booked appointments at offical testing centres
– Road testing a vehicle following repairs
– Carrying tools and equipment required for your job as lon as driving is not the main part (less than 30%) of your job

For the full list of exemptions visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/driver-cpc-exemptions-examples#exemptions-from-needing-driver-cpc

Can driver cpc be delivered at my site?

In short the answer is yes. We can deliver Driver CPC at your premises as long as you have a suitable location with enough room for all the attendees and for the instuctor to show the course material either on a TV screen or using one of our projectors.

Can I do cpc online?

Yes you can attend driver cpc online, since the initial lockdown period triggered by COVID it has been possible for centres to deliver driver cpc via an online meeting platform such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams. You will need appropriate equipment to view the presentation and a camera that constantly shows yourself to the instructor and other audience members. Although it is possible with a phone or tablet it is not advisable as it will need to run for around 8 hours in total.

How many cpc courses do I need?

You will need to complete 35 hours of driver CPC training every 5 years. This means you have to sit 5 days of approved CPC training and the training centre must upload your hours to the DVSA (Formerly JAUPT).

If you are unsure how many hours you have completed so far you can request access to your records by visiting the government website below. You will need to register and wait for a code to be set out to the address on your driving licence if you are setting up your account for the first time. Once you have a username and password you can keep checking your records as often as you need to.

Visit https://www.gov.uk/check-your-driver-cpc-periodic-training-hours to login or register for this service.

Can I do the same CPC Course Twice?

The quick answer is no, technically you should not repeat the same course twice in a five year period however there are some exceptions. For example if there have been canges in legislation since you last attended the course or if the company has a specific need for you to attend a specific course again.

A common course that can be repeted is the Drivers Hours course as this is justified if the company has seen an increase in infringements, other courses may include load security following a loading offence or loss of load, or a course covering bridge stikes if there has been an incident. So yes a driver cpc course can be repeted but only with good reason and you will be required to provide an explanation.

How do I book a Driver CPC Course?

Booking a CPC course is simple you can either book a cpc course via our website or call our main office on (0191) 491 5032 and the team will discuss all the options and help you book your space.

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