What is CPC training?

CPC stands for the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence; its main aim is to encourage high standards of driving and to improve road safety. This qualification may involve both theory and practical training elements and is required by anyone who is planning on driving professionally or for hire and reward purposes. Those who need CPC are required to complete 35 hours of training every 5 years in order to remain safe and compliant. There can be a fine of up to £1,000 for driving professionally without up-to-date CPC training, so it is vital that you keep it up-to-date and carry it with you at all times.

What is CPC training

How to complete your Periodic CPC, and who needs it?

Periodic CPC Training is required by any drivers who passed their Category B (car) driving test before January 1997 and want to start professionally driving an LGV. Additionally, you will require periodic driver training if you:

  • Passed your practical HGV driving test before September 2009.
  • Passed your practical PCV test before September 2008
  • Have previously held a CPC entitlement for the relevant driving licence category.

Our Periodic CPC courses can be completed in 7-hour increments to equal the full 35-hours required, or you can complete all 35 hours in one week with training being split across 5 days. The 35 hours of periodic training is required to be completed every 5-years while your current Driver CPC is valid, there is no pass or fail element to these tests.

How to complete your periodic CPC and who needs it

What is MOD 2 & MOD 4 CPC, and who needs it?

The implementation date for LGV’s is the 10th September 2009, and for PCV is the 10th September 2008.

  • Drivers who qualified for their LGV (C1, C, C+E) after the 10th September 2009* do require the Initial Drivers CPC.
  • Drivers who qualified for their PCV (D1, D, D+E) after the 10th September 2008* do require the Initial Drivers CPC.

*Drivers who passed their car test before 1st January 1997 do not require the initial CPC for Large Goods Vehicles.

* Drivers who passed their car test before 1st January 1997 do still require the initial CPC for Passenger Vehicles.

All drivers who are driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, or with 9 or more passenger seats; are required to do the Periodic CPC (as well as the initial where applicable) – 35 Hours of CPC training every five years.

Frequently Asked CPC Questions

Do I need CPC training?

You won’t need to complete CPC training if you simply enjoy driving for a hobby. This training is compulsory if you drive a lorry, bus or coach as the predominant part of your job. All drivers who are driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, or with 9 passenger seats or more are required to do the Periodic/Driver CPC (as well as the initial where applicable) – 35 hours of CPC training every five years. Have a look at our full list of exceptions here.


A DQC (Driver Qualification Card) is sent to new drivers addresses when they successfully pass the qualification. You must ensure that you have it with you at all times to avoid penalties, even if you are travelling in an EU country.

If your DQC is lost, damaged or stolen, you need to report this to the DVLA as soon as possible and apply for a replacement.  You can still drive if your card has been lost, however, if you still have not received your card after 15 days, you need to make further enquiries.

Brexit will not affect the Driver CPC legislation, so all drivers must continue to conform to the regulations to avoid legal actions.

Which courses do we offer?

Here at 2 Start Training, we offer a variety of CPC courses to suit your needs. We offer qualifications for those that need full training and also the refresher course. We also offer courses that are more suitable depending on when you passed your car test. The CPC courses we offer include:

  • Online Driver CPC 1-Day Course
  • Online Driver CPC 5-Day Course
  • Classroom Based Drivers CPC 1-Day Course
  • Classroom Based Drivers CPC Full 5-Day Course
  • Module 2 Theory
  • Module 2 Theory Revision
  • Module 4 Training and Practical Test

We also have a variety of logistic and driver training courses available for you to book online!


What does Theory MOD 2 involve?

Your CPC theory test consists of 2 parts, which you can complete in any order. The two sections include the Multiple-Choice test, which will take candidates an hour and 55 minutes to complete and consists of 100 questions. In order to be successful, you will need to meet or surpass 85% in order to pass. The Hazard Perception contains 19 video clips with 20 hazards for you to identify, this will require candidates to get 67% to pass. These tests must be completed within 2 years of each other.

The learner will also have to work through 7 case studies on a computer, the test will last for an hour and 55 minutes, and the learner must achieve 80% to pass. The case studies are scenario-based questions, which have been developed by industry experts and will be based on experiences a driver is likely to have/come across. You must answer 6-8 multiple choice questions on the 7 case studies. This will be valid for 2 years, and you must complete your Driver CPC Module 4 practical demonstration within this time.


What does practical MOD 4 involve?

The practical MOD 4 is an interactive test where the driver must show various operations needed for a lorry driver, other than driving. Things you will be tested on include safety loading the vehicle, prevention of trafficking illegal immigrants, emergency situation assessment, and a full vehicle safety check.


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