The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers.
It has been introduced across Europe with the aim of improving road safety and maintaining high standards of driving.
What do I need to take to a CPC course?
You’re required to attend courses, however, there are no tests or exams to pass at the end of them.
You must take one of these to your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence ( CPC ) training course:
- a photocard driving licence.
- a valid passport.
- a digital tachograph card.
- a Driver CPC card.
Can you fail a CPC course?
Periodic training is delivered through courses that you attend over the five-year period for which your current Driver CPC is valid. There is no pass or fail. No tests or exams. If you hold a vocational licence for buses and coaches as well as lorries, you only need to do one set of periodic training.
How long does a CPC course take?
How long is the CPC exam? Different parts of the exam take different lengths of time. So, for example, your case study exam takes 75 minutes, while your practical demonstration test takes 30 minutes. You don’t have to complete all parts of the exam on the same day.
What are the CPC modules?
There are four modules in the Driver CPC: two are the same as the tests you’ll take for getting your LGV licence.
- Theory test: this is the same as the theory test for your LGV licence.
- Driver CPC case study test.
- Driving ability test: this is the same as the practical test for your LGV licence.
Do I need a CPC card to drive a 7.5 tonne?
DVSA warns 7.5-tonne entitlement no longer valid without Driver CPC. DVSA has reminded drivers that they now can’t legally drive a 7.5 tonne truck professionally even if it’s on their driving licence unless they have completed the Driver CPC. “Please note that is DVSA opinion and does not carry any legal weight.
Can I drive a lorry without a CPC?
You don’t need the full Driver Certificate of Professional Competence ( CPC ) qualification if you’re using the vehicle for: driving within 62 miles (100 kilometres) of your base – but the vehicle can’t be carrying passengers or goods, and driving a lorry, bus or coach can’t be your main job.