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Drivers returning to the industry don’t have to do 35 hours of driver CPC

DVSA change the rules on Driver CPC

Yesterday we received an email from JAUPT the awarding body for Driver CPC training. The email was sent by JAUPT on behalf of the DVSA and it said:

Since the acquired rights deadline has passed DVSA has received requests from members of the public, who wish to return to vocational driving, asking how they can obtain a DQC.  DVSA has considered these requests in the context of the government’s desire to support driver recruitment and reduce the potential burden to the industry and has decided that they will now allow drivers with a full licence to gain their first DQC via either periodic training or completion of modules two and four. For further information on modules two and four please visit: gov.uk

This provision will apply to a driver’s first DQC only – any subsequent renewal will require periodic training to be completed. DVSA envisages this will have very limited impact on approved trainers and anticipate as more drivers enter the industry the demand for Driver CPC periodic training will ultimately be increased.


This means that drivers with HGV entitlement can effectively bypass the current requirement to sit in a classroom for 35 hours and instead complete modules 2 and 4 of the initial driver CPC.

Module 2 is the driver CPC case study which is completed on a computer, lasts around 75 minutes and currently costs £30.

Module 4 is the driver CPC practical demonstration test done on a vehicle, lasting around 30 minutes and currently costs £55.


However this change to driver CPC is not all it seams so beware

Besides the fact that module 4 requires a vehicle which could add between £130 and £200 to the total cost of taking this route, the main concern for many is that both of these modules have to be passed.

Module 2 has 50 questions in total and you must get at least 40 correct to pass. The current pass rate stands at only 43% which would suggest that it is not quite as simple as you may first think.

Module 4 is conducted by an examiner and there are 100 points up for grabs. You must score at least 80 out of 100 in total and at least 15 out of 20 in each section.