CPC stands for The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence. Its main aim is to encourage high standards of driving and improve road safety. The qualification may involve both theory and practical elements. or every 5 years you must do 35 hours of training in order to keep it. There can be a £1,000 fine for driving professionally without your CPC so its vital you keep it up to date and carry it with you at all times.
WHO NEEDS IT
Required by drivers who passed their practical driving test before 1st January 1997 (Car), September 2009 (HGV) or 2008 (PCV), or who have previously held a CPC entitlement for the relevant driving licence category.
WHAT IT ENTAILS
Periodic training is delivered through courses that drivers attend over the five-year period for which their current Driver CPC is valid. There is no pass or fail element to these tests. The minimum length of a training course is seven hours, although they may be longer.
WHO NEEDS IT
The implementation date for LGV’s is the 10th September 2009; and for PCV’s it’s the 10th September 2008.
*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 Passenger seats or more; require to do the Periodic CPC (as well as the initial where applicable) – 35 Hours of CPC training every five years.
THEORY MOD 2
Your CPC theory test consists of 2 parts, which you can complete in any order. The multiple-choice test which takes an hour and 55 minutes and has 100 questions. You will need to receive 85% in order to pass. The hazard perception contains 19 video clips with 20 hazards for you to identify. You will need 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. They are scenario-based questions which have been developed by industry experts and will be based on experiences a driver is likely to have. 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 in this time.
PRACTICAL MOD 4
The practical driving test lasts for 1 hour and 30 minutes. You will have to complete vehicle safety questions, practical road driving and off-road exercises to demonstrate your driver competency.
The final part of the assessment 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 safely loading the vehicle, prevention of trafficking illegal immigrants, emergency situation assessment, and a full vehicle safety check.
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 is sent to new drivers address when they successfully pass the qualification. You must ensure you have it with you at all times to avoid penalties, even if you are travelling in an EU country.
If it’s 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 haven’t received it 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.
At 2 Start we offer a variety of courses to suit your needs. We offer qualifications for those that need full training and also the refresher course. We also offer courses which are more suitable depending on when you passed your car test. Have a look at our full range of courses here.
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