Driver CPC Training

Wigan Training Centre offers some of the best Driver CPC training courses, matched with some of the best approved instructors.

What is a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence?

Driver CPC Training, WiganFrom 10 September 2009, professional lorry drivers of a vehicle weighing 3.5 tonnes or over need to hold a Driver CPC.

A new European Union Directive dictate that professional bus and coach drivers now need to hold a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) as well as their vocational driving licence.  These rules are applicable to drivers of those vehicles containing more than nine seats.

New drivers can gain a Driver CPC by passing a series of initial qualification tests: these are both theory and practical.  This has to be followed by 35 hours of periodic training every five years in order to keep the Driver CPC following that period.

Different rules apply to drivers who obtained their vocational licence prior to 10th September 2008 (or before 10 September 2009 for lorry drivers).  They will actually hold Driver CPC by ‘acquired rights’; however, they will need to complete the required amount of periodic training over five years.

A Driver CPC is valid for five years.  New drivers who have qualified via the initial qualification route will receive a Driver Qualification Card (DQC), which they can use to proove that they hold a Driver CPC.  Existing drivers will receive their DQC after completion of their 35 hours periodic training.

What does the Driver CPC cover?

The aim of the Driver CPC is to improve road safety by helping drivers of buses, coaches and lorries maintain and develop the skills and knowledge required.  It covers things such as how to load a vehicle safely, and how you can comply with the relevant rules and regulations such as drivers’ hours.

Who needs a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence?

Drivers acquiring a vocational licence for the very first time, and wishing to drive for a living, will need to complete the initial qualification for Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC).  This is applicable to:

  • Bus and coach drivers whose occupational licence was obtained on or after 10 September 2008
  • Lorry drivers whose occupational licence was (or will be) obtained on or after 10 September 2009

The initial qualification may be taken at the same time as you take your vocational driving test.  If you pass, you will receive a Driver Qualification Card (DQC), which looks very similar to a photo driving licence.

After obtaining the Driver CPC, you must complete 35 hours of periodic training during the next five years to ensure it remains valid.