Driver CPC

The driver cpc was introduced in Sep 2008 for bus/coach drivers and Sep 2009 for HGV.

A legal requirement

Every driver with a vocational licence: C1, C1E, C, CE, D1, D1E, D or DE now needs to carry their Driver Qualification Card (DQC) whenever they are working, unless they have an exemption.

A driver has to renew their cpc every 5 years by taking 35 hours cpc training – 5 x 7hour courses.

These can be done 1 per year or 5 in a row depending on the driver’s availability or any combination.

All bus and coach drivers had to complete their first batch of courses by Sep 2013 and HGV by Sep 2014 so all drivers should now be considering their second round of training.

New drivers who passed their vocational test after Sep 2008 and 2009 respectively should have received their DQC when they completed all 4 parts of their test – their deadlines are different in so much that they have to complete their 35 hours cpc training before the 5th anniversary of them passing their test.

A wide range of courses

DPT currently offer a wide range of courses for both HGV and PCV drivers. We are not a consortium member but hold Accredited Centre Status in our own right – this means that we have total control over our courses and have the flexibility to adapt to you particular needs where practical.

driver cpc

DPT currently have 6 courses available – if there is something you need but isn’t on this list please contact us and we will see what we can do.

Current Regulations

Driving Licences, Driver Hours EU.UK, Tachos, WTD, Highway code

ECO/Safe Driving

Global Warming, Carbon Footprints, Freight Best Practice, Speed Awareness. Hazard perception

First Aid

The Role of the First aider, Incident and Casualty Assessment, CPR, Unconscious Casualty, Management of Seizure, Choking, External Bleeding and Shock, Minor Injuries

Health and Safety

Understand roles and responsibilities for health & safety in the workplace, Understand how risk assessments contribute to health and safety, Understand how to identify and control the risks from common workplace hazards, Know the procedures for responding to accidents and incidents in the workplace

Vehicle Loads

National Occupational Standards for HGV, Vehicle Checks, Types of vehicles and Loads, Load securing

Disability Awareness for Passenger Transport

National Occupational Standards for PCV, Vehicle Checks, Customer Service, Disability awareness

The Driver Qualification Card (DQC) is now a requirement for all professional drivers of LGV’s over 3.5 Tonnes and for buses with 9 or more passenger seats.

All professional drivers now need to complete 35 hours of CPC training every 5 years to maintain their DQC. Without the card, drivers will not be allowed to drive for a living. For PCV drivers who passed their test prior to Sep 2008 and LGV drivers prior to Sep 2009 have to have completed their next round of 35 hours training by Sep 2018 and Sep 2019 respectively. However, the Traffic Commissioners are expecting most drivers to be completing at least 7 hours per year and not leaving it all to the last minute as was the case for many companies at the first deadline. At DPT we have a range of courses to suit all drivers, both PCV and LGV. More emphasis is now being placed on drivers’ compliance with drivers hours and walk-round inspections. In his annual report for 2013 – 14, Nick Denton, Traffic Commissioner for the South Eastern and Metropolitan Traffic Area reported that: “Inadequate driver defect reporting.

I have lost count of the number of operators who present me proudly with hundreds of driver defect reports, not a single one of which reports a defect. This simply indicates that the driver is going through the motions, ticking the boxes and jumping into his or her cab, without carrying out a thorough check.”

To this effect we have now developed a new 7 hour course on Compliance

Our CPC courses are:

  • Compliance (LGV/PCV)
  • Current Regulations (LGV/PCV)
  • First Aid (LGV/PCV)
  • Vehicle Loads (LGV)
  • Health & Safety (LGV/PCV)
  • ECO/Safe Driving (LGV/PCV)
  • Disability Awareness for the Passenger Transport Industry (PCV)

Driver CPC courses are for all professional drivers who hold or need a DQC

All courses are 7 hours duration and can be delivered on site or at our Training Centre in Slough. Weekday and weekend courses are available. A certificate of attendance is provided for each driver on completion of the course. Additionally, a formal First Aid at Work and Health and Safety at Work Certificate can be taken on request.

David HirstDriver CPC