CPC stands for the Certificate of Professional Competence here in the UK, and its main aim is to encourage high standards of driving and improve road safety. To obtain your CPC card, candidates need to complete both theory and practical elements.
A Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) is a legal requirement for anyone wanting to drive larger vehicles professionally or as part of a hire and reward service. If you would like to drive heavy goods or PCV vehicles that weigh over 3.5 tonnes, including LGVs, HGVs, and buses/coaches, you will need to complete CPC training.
To keep your driver's CPC, you must complete the required training hours before your 5-year deadline. It’s up to you when you take the training courses, as long as you do them within the 5-year period.
Certain drivers are not required to have the driver's CPC. These are either based on what the vehicle is transporting, or what the vehicle is used for. Drivers are exempt if the vehicle is:
Used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, i.e. for personal use;
Undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or of new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service; (must be driven by a qualified motor mechanic)
Used in the course of driving lessons for the purpose of enabling that person to obtain a driving licence or a Drivers CPC; (must be driven by driving instructors)
Carrying material or equipment to be used by that person in the course of his or her work, provided that driving that vehicle does not constitute the driver’s principal activity. (For example, transporting scaffolding to the driver’s place of work. Driving must not become the major part of the work, i.e., the work being carried out at the site of work must be a significantly greater use of time than driving itself.)
With a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45 km/h; (such as agricultural tractors)
Used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service, and forces responsible for maintaining public order;
Used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions.
Our six training depots are located in: Portsmouth; Otterbourne; Aldermaston; Theale; Worthing and Havant. Our training centres are conveniently situated within the local areas of the following counties to provide the maximum coverage within: Hampshire; Isle of Wight; West Sussex; East Sussex; Surrey; Buckinghamshire; Oxfordshire; Berkshire; Wiltshire and the eastern side of Dorset.
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