CPC Training Portsmouth

Our Portsmouth depot is fully equipped to carry out all forms of Driver CPC training. This depot is the ideal location for you to complete your CPC training, with industry-leading training facilities and equipment.

We have continuously invested in our Portsmouth depot to ensure that all of our students have the best training experience possible and that they have the best opportunity at passing their test the first time.

Our Portsmouth depot has been supplying top-tier logistics and driver training in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas for over 12-years and has cemented its position as the go-to centre for all driver training in the South. This depot allows us to carry out training for students in Portsmouth, Fareham, Hilsea, Havant, Waterlooville, Portchester and Chichester.

What is CPC training?

CPC stands for the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence, and its main aim is to improve road safety and encourage high standards of driving. CPC is required by anyone who is planning on driving professionally or for hire and reward purposes, there are both theory and practical elements of CPC training that need to be completed.

Those who require CPC will need to complete 35 hours of training every 5 years in order to remain legal and compliant. There can be a £1,000 fine without current CPC training, so drivers must remain up-to-date and carry their qualifications with them at all times.

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Portsmouth training facilities

Our Portsmouth training depot has some of the best logistics and driver training facilities in the South, both for theory and practical training. Those candidates who complete one of our CPC courses at our Portsmouth depot will have full access to our fully equipped, spacious and air-conditioned classrooms where they will complete their theory training.

Additionally, our Portsmouth depot houses an outstanding fleet of training vehicles, all of which have air-conditioning and automatic gearboxes, helping to ensure your training is as comfortable as possible! We work hard to ensure all of our depots are kept clean and tidy to give our students the best training environment available!

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Frequently Asked CPC Questions

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 will involve both theory and practical elements. 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.

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 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.

Which courses do we offer?

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.

Our team

Portsmouth 2 Start is our head office, operating out of Hilsea. Our training centre is capable of running all our courses comprehensively. At Portsmouth 2start, we are the hub of all our activities and it’s the first home of our staff. We are a DVSA approved testing facility with plenty of space to learn the practical aspects. Based at Unit 4 you can find us easily, just opposite Ferry Speeds exit gate. Our team are friendly and more than happy to help you reach your goals.

What does Theory MOD 2 involve?

Your CPC theory test consists of 2 parts, which can be completed in any order. The two parts include the Multiple-Choice test and the Hazard Perception test. The Multiple-Choice test will take students an hour and 55 minutes to complete and consists of 100 questions, with an 85% mark required in order to pass. The Hazard Perception test contains 19 video clips with 20 hazards for the student to identify, this will require a 67% mark to pass. Additionally, 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, with the test lasting an hour and 55 minutes, needing an 80% mark to pass. The video clips are scenario-based questions that have been developed by industry experts and will be based on experiences a driver is likely to have. Candidates 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.

What does practical MOD 4 involve?

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. The 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.

Our location

We are located in Unit 4 Shawcross Ind Est, Hilsea.