CPC Driver Training

Driver CPC Initial Training.

The initial Driver CPC is a relatively recent qualification within the transport industry and was introduced in September 2009. There are certain exemptions to having to take the initial driver CPC. Emergency service drivers are exempt driver CPC.

It applies to new entrants who require LGV cat C1 or C and who want to drive professionally.
The initial qualification confirms you have the required knowledge and skills to carry out the duties of a professional HGV Driver. Driver CPC will go hand in hand with your theory and LGV driving tuition.
Contact us to see if you are excempt CPC.

Module 1 -  Theory test. Multiple choice. pass mark 85 out of 100 correct.

Module 1b - Hazard Perception  theory test: pass mark  67 out of 100 correct.

Module 2 -  CPC case study exam. A  theory test based on case studies.  

Module 3 -  Pass the LGV practical driving test: 1 hour drive on various types of road's and traffic conditions    

Module 4 - CPC Practical  demonstration exam. Demonstrate the ability to ensure vehicle load safety and security.

Having Driver CPC through 'acquired rights'

You could have the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence ( CPC ) through ‘acquired rights’ if you’re already a professional lorry, bus or coach driver.
This means that because you’ve already been working as a lorry or bus driver, your experience is counted as the same as taking the Driver  CPC  initial qualification.

You'll still need to do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver CPC

Who has ‘acquired rights’

You’ll have ‘acquired rights’ if you’re a:
  • lorry driver and got your vocational licence (C, C1, C+E and C1+E) before 10 September 2009
  • bus or coach driver and got your vocational licence (D, D1, D+E and D1+E) before 10 September 2008
  • You dont have aquired rights if you have a D,D+E,D1,D1+E licence with "Not for hire or reward" code 101 on it. you'll need to pass all 4 parts of the CPC initial qualification to be able to drive professionally.

When you need to do periodic training

If you’ve got your Driver  CPC  by ‘acquired rights’ you must do 35 hours of periodic training by:

  • 9 September 2014 if you’re a lorry driver
  • 9 September 2013 if you’re a bus or coach driver

Driving a larger vehicle and adding trailer entitlements

Your ‘acquired rights’ don’t allow you to drive a larger vehicle of the same type or drive with a trailer if this isn’t on your vocational licence.
You’ll have to pass the lorry driving ability test to do this.
You’d have to take the lorry driving ability test with a C+E vehicle combination if your vocational licence was only for a category C vehicle.

Driving a different type of vehicle

Your ‘acquired rights’ only counts for the type of vehicle you’d originally got your vocational licence for.
You’d have to get the Driver  CPC  initial qualification for the other type of vehicle.
You’d have to get the Driver  CPC  initial qualification for buses and coaches if you only had ‘acquired rights’ for lorries.

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