DRIVER CPC TRAINING FOR NEW AND
Initial CPC – New Drivers
New drivers acquiring a PCV vocational entitlement (D, D+E, D1, D1+E licence) after the 10th September 2008, or an LGV vocational entitlement (C, C+E, C1, C1+E licence) after 10th September 2009 will have to obtain the initial Driver CPC before being able to drive professionally. The new training format will be:
Module 1 – Theory Test (two parts) - 2.5 hours
Module 2 – CPC Case Study - 1.5 hours
Module 3 – Practical Driving Test - 1.5 hours
Module 4 – Practical Vehicle Safety Demonstration - 0.5 hours
Full Vocational Licence Holders
Existing PCV drivers who already hold a full vocational licence on the 10th September 2008 (D, D+E, D1, D1+E licence) and LGV drivers from 10th September 2009 (C, C+E, C1, C1+E licence) are exempt from the initial Driver CPC. This will be referred to as acquired rights.
Driver CPC EU Directive 2003/59
In order to comply with Driver CPC EU Directive 2003/59 the contents of a training course must be approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT).
Driver CPC - Periodic Training
Both new and existing drivers must complete a total of 35 hours Driver CPC Periodic Training within the 5 years following their initial Driver CPC, or acquired rights, to keep their Driver CPC valid. This means on average each driver needs to undertake an approved driver CPC training course of 7 hours (one training day) each year.
Therefore professional PCV drivers exempt from the initial Driver CPC by acquired rights will have to complete their periodic training by 9th September 2013, and LGV drivers exempt from the initial Driver CPC by acquired rights will need to complete their periodic training by 9th September 2014.
Drivers who hold both PCV and LGV entitlements are only required to take a total of 35 hours of collective training over the 5 year period.