New Driver CPC FAQs

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Coach and lorry drivers


The Driver CPC is a new qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers – the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) – has been given the Government go-ahead. In future, just holding a vocational driving licence will not be sufficient for someone who wishes to drive such vehicles for a living.

The main benefit is road safety and better qualified drivers to help reduce road casualties. The Driver CPC should also bring an improved professional and positive image to the profession, attracting more people to drive buses, coaches and lorries for a living.

It is aimed not only at improving the knowledge and skills of LGV and PCV drivers when they start work, but also at ensuring these skills are maintained and developed throughout their working life.

If you drive or wish to drive Category C or D vehicles (including subcategories C1 and D1) then the Driver CPC applies to you.

You must obtain a Driver CPC before you can drive professionally. To minimise cost and inconvenience, the DSA will offer new drivers the opportunity to acquire the Driver CPC at the same time as you obtain your vocational licence by completing 4 Modules.

  • 2 hours theory test
  • 1 hour theory test (case studies)
  • 1 hour practical test
  • 1 hour practical demonstration of vehicle safety

Drivers of the following vehicles will not be required to hold a Driver CPC:

  • A vehicle with a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45 km/h;
  • A vehicle used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, a police force, a fire and rescue authority;
  • A vehicle undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or of new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service;
  • A vehicle used in a state of emergency or assigned to a rescue mission;
  • A vehicle used in the course of driving lessons for the purpose of enabling that person to obtain a driving licence or a CPC;
  • A vehicle used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods for personal use;
  • A vehicle carrying material or equipment to be used by that person in the course of his or her work, provided that driving that
    vehicle is not that person's principal activity.

If you are driving Category C or D vehicles (including subcategories C1 and D1) you will need a Driver CPC. The CPC for transport operators is a different qualification.

Yes. You will need to renew your Driver CPC every 5 years by completing a minimum of 35 hours approved training.

Yes. The driver has flexibility as to how he/she takes the 35 hours of approved training, provided that the training occurs in blocks of at least 7 hours. For example, a driver may complete two blocks of 7 hours in the first year and the final three blocks of 7 hours training in the fifth year. Alternatively all 35 hours could be taken in the fifth year

No, you will upgrade your vocational licence in the normal way. Once you have obtained your Driver CPC you will not need to renew or alter it until it expires (every 5 years).

Current professional drivers will be given 'acquired rights' on the Driver CPC, these rights will expire 5 years later. You will then be required to take a minimum 35 hours of approved training to renew the Driver CPC.

No, the new directive states that the holder of a vocational licence for either LGV, PCV or both need only complete 35 hours course attendance in a five year period.

Yes, you will need to complete 35 hours of approved training before you are able to continue within the transport industry.

All training must be organised by a training centre, which must be approved by the Secretary of State. Our training centre will obtain approval as soon as the approval process has been determined.

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