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Understanding Module 4: Do You Need to Sit it for Driver CPC?

New drivers entering the industry are often confused by the training and qualifications that are required in order to begin their career.


The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is a qualification that enables large goods vehicle (LGV) drivers to drive for hire or reward in the UK. Its purpose is to ensure that commercial drivers have all the knowledge they need to undertake their work to the highest standards of road safety, fuel efficiency and professionalism. There are two types of CPC: Initial, and Periodic. Drivers about to enter the industry must undergo Initial CPC; this consists of four modules, each of which are typically completed during the qualification process, as the driver works their way toward their final practical Category C or CE test. The Periodic CPC is for drivers who are renewing their entitlement to drive for hire or reward. Periodic CPC does not involve any tests or exams; candidates are required to attend 35 hours of classroom-based training in a JAUPT-approved training centre every 5 years.


Do You Need to Sit Module 4 for Driver CPC?

Initial CPC, as already mentioned, consists of 4 modules; these are 1a, 1b, 2, and 4.Module 3 is not part of the CPC; this is your Practical Test. Module 1a, 1b and 2 are undertaken at an approved DVSA testing facility; they are computer-based examinations, very much like the kind drivers now undertake to gain their car (Category B) licence. 1a is a hazard perception test, and 1b is a theory test; Module 2 is a case studies test, wherein candidates are presented with a series of scenarios, and must choose the correct answer from a list of possibilities. Typically, candidates undertake the three tests on the same day, one after the other. You are informed of your results that same day; you are presented with a certificate for each exam you pass.

It is important that you keep the original copies of these certificates; you will be asked to submit them as evidence of your having passed when you come to undertake your Module 3 test. Module 4 is carried out separately; training is delivered one-on-one at our site in Team Valley, using one of our vehicles; the test involves a series of questions, given verbally; candidates must answer each question, using the vehicle for reference to demonstrate their knowledge of the function of various parts on the vehicle, their location, and how to check them for functionality. The purpose of this test is to provide candidates an understanding of how to conduct a daily walkaround check unassisted. The Module 4 cover various areas, and one can never be certain what kid of questions one is going to be asked; however, there are three areas one can fully expect to be included:
  • Vehicle Safety: safety checks, pre-journey inspections, and identifying potential issues
  • Loading and Unloading: Loading and unloading goods safely, ensuring proper weight distribution and securing the load.
  • Security of the Vehicle and Load: Securing the vehicle and its load effectively to prevent any potential hazards during transit.
In almost all cases, the full Initial CPC is required in order that a driver may drive legally for hire and reward (in other words, for a salary). There are, however, some exceptions; for example, if your work involves only your using construction and use (C&U) vehicles, you will not need to undertake the Module 4.Both the Initial CPC and the Periodic CPC are delivered at our fully accredited training facilities at Team Valley, Gateshead. We run full Periodic CPC courses once a month (Monday to Friday, 35 hours); we set aside at least two days a month to deliver Module 4 training and examinations. The Modules 1a, 1b and 2 we organize to be carried out at a DVSA testing facility most conveniently situated for the particular candidate.

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