Who Should Attend – Driver CPC

Periodic training

Periodic training is continuing professional development for bus, coach and lorry drivers. All drivers must undertake 35 hours of training in every five year period. The minimum length of a training course that contributes to the requirement is seven hours excluding breaks and administration time. Periodic training is designed to improve knowledge of the driver and includes such subjects as tachograph regulations, disability awareness and safe and fuel efficient driving.

Driver CPC applies to all new and existing drivers who wish to drive professionally and who require an LGV or PCV licence in order to do their job.

Existing drivers (PCV)

All drivers of PCV vehicles, holding a full category D, D1, D+E or D1+E licence at 10 September 2008, will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training before 10 September 2013, unless exempt (see 2.7). Following this, drivers must continue to undertake a further 35 hours of training in every subsequent five-year period in order to retain their Driver CPC.

Note: D1 licence entitlement by virtue of passing a car test pre-1997 (licence Code 101 – not for hire or reward). Any driver with this restriction cannot drive professionally.

Existing drivers (LGV)

All drivers of LGV vehicles, holding a category C, C1, C+E or C1+E licence at 10 September 2009, will need to complete the 35 hours of periodic training before 10 September 2014, unless exempt (see 2.7). This also includes drivers who hold C1 entitlement by virtue of passing a car test pre-1997 and drivers who hold HGV class 1, 2 or 3, gained prior to 1991. Following this, drivers must continue to undertake a further 35 hours of training in every subsequent five-year period in order to retain their Driver CPC.

New drivers

New drivers who gain their initial Driver CPC after 10 September 2008 (PCV) or 10 September 2009 (LGV) will immediately begin their cycle of periodic training from the test pass date and will need to complete 35 hours of training within five years of attaining their initial Driver CPC and then complete 35 hours of training every subsequent five years.

Drivers who hold both PCV and LGV licences

Drivers with both PCV and LGV licences will have to complete only one course of 35 hours of periodic training every five years; they will not have to undertake 35 hours of training for each licence category.

LGV/PCV licences from other countries

Drivers from other EU member states and drivers from non-EU countries may take their periodic training in the UK if they are normally resident or working here. Periodic training completed in another EU member state, where the driver is employed, or normally resident, may be taken into account by DSA/DVA.

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