Driver Certificate of Professional Competence
What is Driver CPC?
The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence is for LGV and PCV drivers who drive professionally throughout the UK. It has been developed as a requirement of the EU Directive 2003/59, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PCV drivers throughout their working life.
There are two parts to the legislation:
The Initial Qualification – This must be achieved by new LGV and PCV drivers along with their vocational licence to enable them to use their licence professionally.
Periodic Training - 35 hours of training every 5 years must be attended by all professional drivers.
Driver CPC periodic training
You must do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
You can check how many hours you’ve done in the current 5-year period.
You have to do the training in the country where you work or are normally resident.
When to take Driver CPC periodic training?
You only need to complete 1 set of training every 5 years if you drive both lorries and buses professionally.
It’s up to you when you take the training courses, as long as you do them within 5 years.
When the 5-year period starts?
Each 5-year period starts from 5 years before your current Driver CPC qualification runs out - not from the date you completed your last 35 hours of training.
Deadline for new professional drivers
You must complete periodic training by 5 years from the date you got the initial qualification.
Deadlines for drivers who had or have acquired rights
(*As a one-off arrangement, dual-category drivers will have 6 years to do their second block of training, rather than the usual 5 years.)
Dangerous goods training counting towards periodic training
If you take dangerous goods (sometimes known as ADR) training, the following can count towards your periodic training:
up to 21 hours of the initial basic dangerous goods course
7 hours of the core module refresher course
Only dangerous goods training taken within the EU counts towards Driver CPC periodic training.
Driver Training & Development Ltd currently offer the following Periodic Training courses:
If you are interested in attending a DCPC Course, contact us on 07788 733025 and we will be happy to book you on to the next available course in your area.
Alternatively complete the below form and one of the team will be in touch with you within 2 days.