Driver CPC Training

About Driver CPC Training

What is Driver CPC?

The Driver CPC 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 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.
Who will be affected?

An individual’s circumstances will determine how they acquire the Driver CPC.

New drivers who acquire a PCV vocational entitlement (D1, D1+E, D, D+E licence) after the 10th September 2008and/or an LGV vocational entitlement (C1, C1+E,C or C+E licence) after the 10th September 2009will have to obtain the Initial Qualification in addition to their licence to drive professionally.

New drivers who undertake a National Vocational Training programme are still able to obtain a vocational licence but can defer the Initial Qualification by up to a maximum of one year whilst, still being able to drive professionally. An example of a National Vocational Training programme would be an Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles. Drivers intending to use this concession will have to register with the Driving Standards Agency.

Existing drivers who held a vocational licence prior to the 10th September 2008(PCV) or the 10th September 2009(LGV) are exempt from the Initial Qualification. This is known as “acquired rights”.

All professional drivers (new and existing drivers) must complete a total of 35 hours Periodic Training every 5 years following their “acquired rights” or Initial Qualification to keep their Driver CPC valid.


There are a number of Driver CPC exemptions associated with the Directive. These are listed below:

  • Vehicles with a maximum speed not exceeding 45 Kph
  • Vehicles used by or under control of the armed forces, civil defence the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order
  • Vehicles undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or of new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service
  • Vehicles used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions
  • Vehicles used in the course of driving lessons for any person wishing to obtain a driving licence or Driver CPC
  • Vehicles used for non-commercial carriage of passenger or goods – for personal use
  • Vehicles used for carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, providing that driving the vehicle is not the drivers’ principle activity

Ultimately, it is up to the driver and their employer to decide if they are covered by these exemptions, and if necessary, justify it to the competent authority. Therefore the JAUPT would strongly advise that if a driver believes they are exempt from the Driver CPC that they should seek independent legal advice.

Driver CPC Training Courses

5 Day Driver CPC Training Course

Our 5 day Driver CPC Course comprises of the below 7 hour courses:

  • Your Industry Matters
  • Vulnerable Road Users
  • Drivers Hours & Working Time
  • Your Vehicle Matters
  • Emergency First Aid at Work

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Driver CPC - Emergency First Aid at Work

This 7 hour Driver CPC course is designed to provide professional drivers with the skills and confidence to administer first aid in emergency situations while on the road.

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Driver CPC - Your Industry Matters

This 7 hour Driver CPC course details the responsibilities of both the driver and operator with regards to the operator licensing system and supporting regulations.

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Driver CPC - Vulnerable Road Users

This 7 hour classroom Driver CPC theory course is aimed at all professional drivers of goods. It will assist drivers in identifying the many types of vulnerable road users and also provide the tools to change perception and develop a responsible attitude towards these groups of road users.

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Driver CPC - Drivers Hours & Working Time

This 7 hour Driver CPC course is designed to highlight drivers’ responsibilities under drivers’ hours legislation and provide practical experience of working with digital equipment.

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Driver CPC - Your Vehicle Matters

This 7 hour Driver CPC course is aimed at professional drivers of goods vehicles and is designed to promote the understanding of maintaining the vehicle fleet in a safe and roadworthy condition. Featuring a variety of maintenance and safety of loads related situations that focus on actions, beliefs and consequences.

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