CPC Driver Training
All new drivers seeking to obtain their first Category C or Category D licence need to complete an initial CPC training programme. Individuals should understand that they cannot obtain a commercial driving licence without completing this initial qualification. You’ll get a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) when you qualify. You must keep this with you when you’re driving professionally.
- The Driver CPC initial qualification has four parts:
- Theory test (this includes two separate tests - multiple choice and hazard perception)
- Case study test
- Driving ability test
- Practical demonstration test
- LGV Class C1: 7 ½ tonne Vehicles
- LGV Class C: Rigid Lorries
- LGV Class C+E: Articulated Lorries
- LGV Class C1+E: 7 ½ tonne + Trailer
- PCV Cat D, D+E, D1, D1+E
- Training Terms
- All drivers need to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years on an ongoing basis to keep driving.
- Periodic training is delivered through courses that drivers attend over the five-year period for which their current Driver CPC is valid. There are no pass or fail exams for these tests.
- The minimum length of a training course is 7 hours.
- If the course needs to be taken over the course of 5 days, then each part must take place within 24 hours of the last.
- Each new five-year period will begin from the expiry date of the driver's current Driver CPC qualification, and not from the date on which they reached the 35 hours minimum training requirement.
- Drivers of both PCV and LGV vehicles only need to do one set of periodic training every 5 years. On completion of the course, Induct EA will register candidates details with the DVSA, who provide a central database of training records. There is access online for drivers to check their own training records.
- Drivers of PCV vehicles prior to 10 September 2008 had to complete their first block of 35 hours of training and have their DQC issued by 9 September 2013. The deadline to complete their second block of training is 9 September 2018.
- Drivers of LGV vehicles prior to 10 September 2009 had to complete 35 hours of training and have their DQC issued by 9 September 2014. The deadline to complete their second block of training is 9 September 2019.
- *All new drivers need to complete CPC Initial Training
- The 35 hours minimum CPC training is made up of the following modules and has to be completed every 5 years. Time scales are a rough estimate as some may be completed quicker than others, equalling around the 35 hours minimum training.
- Drivers Hours (3.5 hour module)
- The Tachograph (3.5 hour module)
- Checks and Defects (3.5 hour module)
- Company and Public Image (3.5 hour module)
- Economic Driving - theory (3.5 hour module)
- Health and Safety (3.5 hour module)
- Licence, Weights and Dimensions (3.5 hour module)
- Security (3.5 hour module)
- Tiredness, Diet and Lifestyle (3.5 hour module)
- Vulnerable Road Users (7 hour module)
- First Aid at Work for LGV Drivers (7 hour module)
- In order to cover all the above modules candidates would need to do the course over a period of 5 days. If candidates wish to do a few modules at a time they can do so, however the minimum length of training is 7 hours over a 24 hour period.
- Pricing is as follows:
- 1 day course £75 + VAT and upload fee of £8.75
- 2 day course £150 + VAT and upload fee of £17.50
- 3 day course £225 + VAT and upload fee of £26.25
- 4 day course £300 + VAT and upload fee of £35
- 5 day course £375 + VAT and upload fee of £43.75