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Driver CPC Training Southampton

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What is Driver CPC?

What is the Driver CPC?

The Driver CPC is a scheme for LGV and PCV drivers. It has been developed as a requirement of the EU Directive 2003/59 which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PCV drivers throughout their working life.

When will the Driver CPC scheme start?

PCV Categories Bus and Coach start 10 September 2008.

LGV Categories lorries start 10 September 2009.

How will the Driver CPC affect me?

Depending on your individual circumstances will determine how you acquire the Driver CPC.

New drivers acquiring a vocational entitlement after the implementation date will have to obtain an initial qualification. The UK is required to choose between two options on how this is to be done (see below).
Existing drivers who already hold a vocational licence on the implementation date will obtain the Driver CPC via “acquired rights”.

What will happen once I have my Driver CPC?

Irrespective of when or how a driver obtains the Driver CPC, he/she must complete a total of 35 hours periodic training within the following five years to keep the Driver CPC valid. LGV Drivers acquiring the Driver CPC via acquired rights will have to complete their periodic Driver CPC by 2014.

An individual’s circumstances will determine if they acquire the Driver CPC.

New drivers acquiring a PCV vocational entitlement (D1, D1+E, D, D+E licence) after the 10th September 2008 and/or an LGV vocational entitlement (C1, C1+E,C or C+E licence) after the 10th September 2009 will have to obtain the initial Driver CPC in addition to their licence to drive professionally.
There are a number of Driver CPC exemptions associated with the Directive. it is up the driver and their employer to decide if they are covered by these exemptions, and if necessary, justify it to the competent authority.

Information supplied by Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training.

Driver CPC Initial

If you passed your PCV licence on or after 10 Sep 2008 or passed your LGV licence on or after 10 Sep 2009 you will need to take the initial driver CPC.

driver cpc coursesThe driver initial CPC consists of two tests.

 1. A theory test, which is a case study test.

The test is made up of 7 case studies you work through on a computer. The case studies are short stories based on situations that you’re likely to come across in your working life.

You’ll be asked between 6 and 8 multiple-choice questions on each case study.

The test lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the pass mark is 40 out of 50.

You’ll get a letter with the results at the test centre.

You need the test pass reference number when you book your Driver CPC part 4 practical demonstration test.

The pass letter is valid for 2 years.

You need to pass the Driver CPC part 4 practical demonstration test within 2 years, otherwise you’ll have to pass the part 2 case studies test again.

2. practical demonstration test. The test is made up of 5 topics from the Driver CPC syllabus. You can score up to 20 points for each topic.

To pass you have to score at least 15 out of 20 in each topic area and have an overall score of at least 80 out of 100.

You’re tested on being able to:

  • load the vehicle following safety rules and to keep it secure.
  • Stop trafficking in illegal immigrants.
  • Assess emergency situations.
  • Reduce physical risks to yourself or others.
  • Do a walkaround vehicle safety check.

At the end of your test the examiner will tell you if you’ve passed.

If you fail, you can book another driving test straight away, but you can’t take it for another 3 clear working days

If you passed your PCV licence before 10 Sep 2008 or passed your LGV licence before 10 Sep 2009 you will need to take the periodic driver CPC.

Driver CPC Periodic





Vehicle Checks & Drivers’ Legal Requirements


To better understand the comprehensive practice and necessity for effective vehicle checks and compliance. Better understand Operator Licensing and DVSA traffic enforcement operations in the transport industries. Improve awareness of the driver’s legal responsibilities and obligations relating to driving in accordance with traffic legislation, medical standards, driver licensing and working requirements


Driver Hours, Tachographs & Eco- Safe Driving


Reinforce understanding of the working time directive and driving hours legislation, and how they should be applied. Increase awareness for the responsibility of accurate record keeping and correct tachograph usage. Encourage and promote a more considered attitude for causes of accidents and safer practices to avoid them as a professional driver. Promote better journey planning to increase efficiency working on the modern road network.


Emegency First Aid at Work


To understand the responsibilities of a first aider, Assessment and Triage of Casualtie, Develop practical skills for administering treatment for minor injuries and illness. LGV / PSV


Customer Care in the Transport Industry & Accident Procedures


To better understand the complexities for driver and operator operating in a growing and competitive market. Promote increased standards of service through effective communication and customer expectations. Improve awareness of care of accidents and actions required when first on scene.


Bridge Strikes, Crossings & Vulnerable Road Users


Improve LGV/PCV driver awareness and responsibilities with regard to vulnerable road users. Better understand the LGV/PCV driver obligations and actions on in the event a bridge strike/ crossing incident. Encourage better journey planning, increasing awareness for the economic and personal factors affecting journey planning and progress.