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Driver CPC Information and FAQs

Our Driver CPC courses are designed around the needs of the client to make the most effective use of time whilst completing the 35 hours of periodical training required to achieve Driver CPC qualification.


The courses cover refresher training and conversion courses on Forklifts and other Plant and Industrial trucks along with classroom based sessions to ensure the courses offer value for money and most importantly, effective use of clients time.

We can make Driver CPC training more the clients whereby we bring our mobile training vehicle to your door. This vehicle is equipped to offer classroom facilities for up to and including 12 candidates, it has a Lorry Mounted Crane and Lorry Mounted Lift Truck. This offers the client a cost effective solution and means that no vehicles will need to be brought off the road in order to complete training.

Training is also offered at our centres in Peterborough and Selby, North Yorkshire for individual clients who do not require a group booking.

If you require any information or to book onto a course, please call the sales team: 01778 561161.


Frequently Asked Questions ...


Who Needs To Do Driver CPC?

All lorry, bus and coach drivers who drive professionally must renew their Driver CPC entitlement by completing 35 hours of periodical training every five years. If you are:

  • a bus and coach driver and hold a relevant vocational licence gained before 10th September 2008
  • a lorry drivers who obtained their licence before 10th September 2009

You do not need to take the initial qualification as you automatically get 'acquired rights' for Driver CPC but you will still need to start obtaining your Driver CPC hours ready for 2014.


Until September 2014 you will be able to use your driving licence as proof of your Driver CPC status. Before this date, you must complete 35 hours of Driver CPC periodic training to qualify for renewal of your Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

If you hold a vocational licence drive a lorry as well as bus or coach, you only need to do one set of periodic training. To retain entitlement for both categories, this training must be completed before the expiry of status for the earlier category.

Am I exempt from Driver CPC training?

You may be exempt from Driver CPC if your vehicle:

  • has a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45 kilometres per hour
  • is used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order
  • is undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or is a new or rebuilt vehicle which has not yet been put into service
  • is used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions
  • is used in the course of driving lessons for any person wishing to obtain a driving licence or a Driver CPC
  • is used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, for personal use
  • is carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, provided that driving the vehicle is not the driver's principal activity
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I am a new HGV / PCV driver, how does CPC Affect me?

If you are a new driver who has passed the theory and practical tests needed to get your vocational driving licence, you can enrol on an approved National Vocational Training (NVT) programme and defer taking the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) theory and practical tests.

This allows you to drive professionally for up to 12 months while you work towards your Driver CPC qualification. You can only apply for this concession once.

The NVT concession is valid from the start date of the NVT programme or when the driver acquired their vocational driving licence, whichever is the most recent. The Driver CPC initial qualification theory and practical tests can then be deferred for the duration of the course OR for 12 months, whichever is shorter.

At the end of the 12 months concession, the driver must achieve their full CPC status or stop driving professionally.

On successful completion of the Driver CPC qualification, the driver will automatically be issued with a Driver Qualification Card to show they have Driver CPC.

The concession becomes effective, once the driver is registered with the DSA under the NVT concession and is in possession of the NVT concession card.

Download our Driver CPC Brochure here

Download the NVT Application form here



View the JAUPT website for more information



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