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The CPC is the Certificate of Professional competence; The CPC is a set of standards set by the European Union to ensure that all drivers are competent and proficient. It requires that 35 hours of formal training are completed every 5 years.

You need to complete a CPC if you are a professional driver of:

  • Articulated lorries
  • Tipper trucks
  • Bin lorries
  • Heavy construction equipment
  • Buses, regional and local
  • Coaches, regional and continental

When a new driver completes their first Cat C or Cat D training, that training programme will include the CPC. This is the initial CPC qualification, and needs to be renewed in 5 years time, from the date of initial completion.

Drivers licenced prior to 2008/09 were awarded acquired rights which afforded them 5 years to complete their CPC training. As of September 2014 all commercial drivers are expected to have a valid CPC card. You can be fined up to £1000 for driving professionally without a CPC.

With the majority of drivers having their cards issued from September 2014, it is important to start thinking about your periodic training between now and September 2019. There was a huge clamber for training as the last deadline approached, and we therefore urge our drivers to think about training in the early part of 2018. January to March are typically quieter months for hauliers and can be a great time to book your required CPC training in.

Training can consist of multiple topics that your training company offer. To review when you need to get your next driver CPC card visit: https://www.gov.uk/check-your-driver-cpc-periodic-training-hours

The content of each course is the equivalent to at least a Level 2 National Vocational Qualification and it’s important that both drivers and operators get the most out of periodic training by choosing courses that:

  • are relevant to the driver and the type of driving they do
  • develop knowledge in a new subject area

You can gain a lot from your driver CPC, but it is up to you to choose relevant courses that will be of benefit to you and your job.

The introduction of the CPC has significantly risen quality standards in the transport industry.  There is a national shortage of HGV drivers. If you are interested in becoming a HGV driver, please complete our enquiry form and we will contact you straight away.

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