The Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) applies to anyone who drives a bus, coach or commercial vehicle for a living. The licence categories are: C, C+E, C1, C1+E, D, D+E, D1, D1+E (drivers who currently drive 7.5 tonne trucks or minibuses with over 9 seats for a living on “grandfather” rights must also hold CPC)*

New drivers will need to take Driver CPC which means they will have to do additional modules aside from the practical and theoretical tests already required. Existing drivers will have to do Periodic Training for their CPC.

When does it start?

The Directive will become effective from 10th September 2008 for the PCV drivers and from 10th September 2009 for the LGV drivers.
Driver CPC. New drivers will need to follow an approved syllabus to obtain their CPC. This must be delivered by a centre approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT):

The extra study required to achieve Driver CPC is designed to ensure new drivers will have practical knowledge appropriate to the sort of work they will do. This will include a four hour theory test.

Periodic Training

ll drivers will have to undergo Periodic Training to retain their CPC. This must be delivered by an approved centre (see above: JAUPT). Periodic Training is 35 hours training every five years. There is no formal exam. All courses must last at least seven hours which can be spread over a 24 hour period. Training can be tailored to suit an organization’s drivers by the approved training centre providing it fits the requirements of CPC.

What is the Syllabus?

The syllabus for both Driver CPC and Periodic Training is the same. The syllabus has three main subject areas. These are:

• Advanced training in rational driving based on safety regulations

• Application of regulations

• Health, road and environmental safety, service, logistics

Periodic training should revise and expand on the subjects and should suit the needs of the driver at that time. This means that any organization should tailor their CPC to suit their drivers and their industry. The key objectives are:

For all licences:

• To know the characteristics of the transmission system in order to make the best possible use of it

• To know the technical characteristics and operation of the safety controls in order to control the vehicle, minimise wear and tear and prevent disfunctioning

The ability to optimise fuel consumption

For LGV:

• The ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use

For PCV:

• The ability to ensure passenger comfort and safety

• The ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle us.

Training Sessions

CPC training will only be available from training bodies that have been approved by JAUPT. Any approved centre will be able to offer a range of courses to suit the needs of the driver and the organization providing each course is approved by JAUPT.
Enforcement The Police and VOSA officials will ask to see the Driver’s CPC card at roadside checks or if they have been involved in an accident. Drivers will be issued with a card detailing CPC when receiving their new licence or after completing 35 hours training as an existing driver.

It will be illegal for any organization to knowingly employ someone as a driver who does not have CPC.

Further Reading

Driver CPC (TSO: ISBN: 9780115529405)