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.
- 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.