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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

Frequently Asked CPC Questions

Do I need CPC training?

You won’t need to complete CPC training if you simply enjoy driving as 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.


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.

To discuss your MOD 2 options please call 02392 123 555.


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.


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.

Contact our CPC training advisors today to discuss your options!

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What our customers had to say


2 Start Ltd (Portsmouth), Unit 4 Shawcross Ind Est, Ackworth Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO3 5HU
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Luke WhiteLuke White
13:36 18 Jan 22
The whole place is brilliant.Would highly recommend.Thank you to the whole team.Luke WhiteCM Sports
Dion HintonDion Hinton
12:52 17 Jan 22
Recently attended a Transport Manager CPC course at the Portsmouth depot.The course content was superbly delivered linking to real world scenarios making it easy to understand and absorb.The staff and tutors were incredibly friendly and helpful going above and beyond to assist in anyway they could.Very enjoyable experience from start to finish would definitely recommend.
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20:20 17 Dec 21
Completed my CPC training today after 5Days of online courses with Nicky HansonOne of 2 Start Training instructors with bags of real life HGV driving experience under her belt, that made learning a pleasure and enjoyable.Thanks Nicky. David
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11:06 03 Dec 21
It was well run and very efficient the trainer was top notch and gave me a lot of information I was unaware of.
15:02 20 Nov 21
My 3 days at Portsmouth was fun Don my instructor amazing allways going through happy and allways up for a chat 💬 taught me all I need to know 10/10
07:46 06 Nov 21
Brilliant HGV training centre. Will and Kev trained me. All the guys are brilliant and helpful. Got me through my class 2 test 😁🚛👌🏼
17:48 18 Oct 21
Recently just passed C+E having been instructed by Don.Don is an excellent instructor, his calm method of teaching made it a really enjoyable week for us, he gave pointers when needed and answered every of the many questions asked.As a result of Don's great instruction, we passed 1st time.Thanks 2 start and Don!


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I went from zero experience to passing and I absolutely believe it was down to Martin and the rest of the team. They were patient and professional and I enjoyed every min. Passed first time as well.
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18:42 15 Dec 21
I was allocated Instructor Martin Keen who was very professional and extremely knowledgeable. I particularly enjoyed the constructive criticism and feedback of the errors of my ways and techniques of driving as I progressed through the course, which I took on board and on my test day I was well ready and confident in passing. which I then passed my practical C + E driving test. Happy with this company.
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23:18 11 Dec 21
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06:52 27 Nov 21
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16:45 09 Jul 21
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15:28 05 Apr 21
The staff are friendly and easy to get along with, which helped ease me into learning at my own pace. All the instructors were experience drivers with many years in professional industries. I have managed to complete my Cat C and Mod 4 with the company, with ease. The website is easy to navigate with multiple ways to communicate with the adviser team based in Portsmouth. Also having prices available to view beforehand makes it easy to see how much money will likely be required, and when talking to Jack (adviser) it was all streamlined, quick and with no forceful selling like I had experience with other companies.One thing to note is they do not guide you through the theory process as this will be something you will need to prep for and complete prior to practicals, however there are a lot of material available online and in the DVSA books (recommend "The official DVSA guide to: Driving goods vehicle" a lot of useful information).


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Taken Cat C with this company and Alex (one of the instructors) made you feel relaxed from the start. 5* service and passed first time.
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19:18 15 Jan 22
I have just completed a 5 day Fork Lift Truck course here. Very professional setup and a great facility.Mark was my instructor & he was brilliant with us.Definitely recommend him and this company10/10
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10:35 15 Dec 21
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02:59 06 Dec 21
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