Driver CPC - Initial vs Periodic Training:
Do you know the difference?
Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) was introduced across the EU to improve the knowledge and skills of drivers, and enhance safety on our roads.
Professional LGV drivers must now hold a Driver CPC (or be working towards one) if they wish to continue driving for a living. However, the type of training they will require (and the deadlines for completing the training) to obtain the qualification varies, depending on when they obtained their vocational licence.
If a driver gained their vocational licence (C, C1, CE, C1E) prior to September 2009, then they currently benefit from ‘acquired rights’ which allow them to keep driving for a living.
However, to continue driving professionally after 10th September 2014, they must complete
35 hours of periodic training. All 35 hours must be completed by the deadline. Once
they have done this, they will be sent a Driver Qualification Card (DQC).
If a driver applied for their vocational licence (C, C1, CE, C1E) after September 2009, they will already have had to pass Module 1 (Theory Test) and Module 3 (Practical Test) to obtain their licence.
However, it is illegal to drive “for hire or reward” if they have not also passed their Module 2 (Case Studies) and Module 4 (Driver CPC Practical Test). Once they have passed all four modules, they will be sent a Driver Qualification Card (DQC).
Are your drivers driving illegally?
It seems that many people have not realised the importance of drivers passing Modules 2 and 4 in the Initial Training. If a driver drives “for hire or reward” without having passed these two modules, then both they and the organisation they’re working for could face fines of up to £1000, and the driver will be prevented from driving professionally until they obtain their DQC.
- If any of your own drivers passed their tests after September 2009, check that they have their DQC
- If you use agency drivers, talk to your chosen agency/ies to ensure that they are carrying out the right checks on your behalf
Renewal every five years
Remember, a Driver Qualification Card only lasts for five years. No matter when a driver first obtained their vocational licence, they must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years after the date of issue shown on their DQC in order to retain their Driver CPC qualification and continue to drive professionally.
For more information on Driver CPC or to make a booking, call Driver Hire Training.