CPC stands for ‘Certificate of Professional Competence’

From September 2009 the Government introduced the requirement that all drivers of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes need to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years on an ongoing basis to keep driving for a living.

Periodic training is delivered through courses that drivers attend over the five-year period for which their current Driver CPC is valid. The standard length of a training course is seven hours.

There is no pass or fail element to these tests.

Each new five-year period will begin from the expiry date of the driver’s current Driver CPC qualification, and not from the date on which they reached the 35 hours minimum training required.

If a driver holds a vocational licence for buses and coaches as well as lorries, they only need to do one set of periodic training.

What happens if you don’t have a Driver Qualification Card (DQC)…

It will be an offence to drive a vehicle without holding a DQC, or to cause or permit a driver to do so. The driver will also commit an offence if they fail to produce their card at a police/VOSA roadside check. The penalities that apply to both drivers and employers are:

  • Driving without a DQC : £1000 fine
  • Causing or permitting the above : £1000 fine
  • Failure to carry a DQC : On the spot fine
  • Forging or falsifying documents : 2 years prison sentence or fine

For available course dates please click here.

New online enquiry service for professional drivers

DSA has developed and launched a new online enquiry service for professional drivers.

The new online driver enquiry service, developed by DSA, has just been launched to allow lorry, bus and coach drivers working towards Driver CPC to go online to check records of the periodic training they’ve done.

Lorry, bus and coach drivers can access the service 24 hours a day, which provides a clear and simple online record, showing:

  • the driver’s Driver CPC qualification expiry date (bus and coach and / or lorry)
  • details of each training course completed

Check your hours

If you would like to check how many hours CPC training you have completed to date, please go to the government website www.direct.gov.uk/checkdrivercpc. Once you have entered your details, a login and password will be sent to the address to which your driving licence is registered to. This should take 5 – 10 days. You will then be able to log onto the system and check your hours!