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Driver CPC  Training (Certificate of Professional Competence)

What is Driver CPC Training?

driver cpc trainingDriver CPC training keeps professional HGV drivers' skills at the high level required from the Driver CPC legislation passed by the government in Sept 2009.  Its aim is to maintain and promote road safety.  Ongoing periodic training is taken on a wide spectrum of subjects which are relevant to the life of a professional HGV driver.

Periodic CPC Training

CPC training is 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years if you are driving a bus, lorry or coach of over 3.5 tonnes and/or 9 or more seats.  These hours can be done at any time which suits you providing that they are done within the 5 year period.  If you drive an amalgamation of these vehicles, then only one course of training in the 5 year period will cover them all.

Periodic CPC training is delivered through courses attended by drivers with a current valid driver CPC over the five years that their CPC is valid. There is no pass or fail element to these tests.

Initial CPC Training


Initial Driver CPC training is split into 4 parts, which include two theory tests and two practical tests.  All 4 modules need to be covered and passed for a driver to obtain a full Driver CPC qualification for a vocational license.

The theory tests taken in two modules include multiple choice questions, hazard perception and case studies surrounding real life scenarios, which you may encounter in your professional driving life.

The practical tests include a practical test of driving ability, vehicle control and a vehicle safety demonstration whereby the driver must demonstrate that they have knowledge of the following areas:

  • Loading the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and use
    • Security of the vehicle and contents
    • Prevention of criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants
    • Ability to assess emergency situations
    • Prevention of physical risk
    • A walk round vehicle safety check
  • Securing loads if driving an LGV

Who requires CPC Training?

Most professional HGV drivers are required to have Driver CPC training under the Driver CPC legislation.  Drivers not affected are those in the emergency services, military and those who use their HGV vehicles for personal use, including horseboxes and scaffolders.

If you are unsure as to whether you require CPC training then you should take advice prior to driving.  Driver CPC training is a legal requirement and if you drive professionally without it, you could be fined up to £1000.

We work closely with a local JAUPT approved training provider (Roadsafe Europe Ltd) and can, subject to availability, provide the facilities required for these courses.

Alternatively we can travel to your company to conduct the training on your premises subject to its suitability.

We are committed to developing courses, which are beneficial to your company and driver needs.

digital tacho graph trainingDigital Tachograph training using the latest working demonstration models is currently available. These courses are designed to give drivers the knowledge and confidence to use the vehicle units when back at their normal work place.

The training caters for drivers who have never seen digital tachographs or the experienced driver who still finds they have are still having problems with the features of the vehicle units.

Please call to discuss which courses are currently available. We are happy to discuss courses, which are suitable for your company and driver requirements.

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Blackfield, Southampon,
Hampshire. SO45 1WA