The Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is a scheme for LGV and PSV drivers who drive professionally in the UK. It has been developed to meet the requirements of the EU Directive 2003/59, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PSV drivers throughout their working life. All drivers, new and existing, are required to undertake 35 hours of driver CPC Periodic Training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC is up-to-date.
The Driver CPC periodic training course consists of 35 hours of training, which is split into 5 individual days which each last 7 hours. A driver wishing to gain this qualification must complete all 35 hours.
The Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is a scheme for LGV and PSV drivers who drive professionally in the UK. It has been developed to meet the requirements of the EU Directive 2003/59, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PSV drivers throughout their working life. All drivers, new and existing, are required to undertake 35 hours of Periodic Training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC is up-to-date.
The Driver CPC course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of professional of drivers. This course can be varied to suit a range of businesses or areas of work.
Who Should Attend?
- Existing LGV Drivers (holding a category C, C1, C+E or C1+E licence acquired before 10th September 2009) benefit from ‘acquired rights’ and don’t have to take a fresh driving test. However, they must undertake 35 hours of periodic training before 10 September 2014 to keep their Driver CPC valid
- New LGV Drivers gaining a category C, C1, C+E or C1+E licence now have to obtain the initial Driver CPC in addition to their license to drive professionally. They must then undertake the driver CPC periodic training every 5 years to keep their Driver CPC valid
- EU drivers’ hours regulations
- Working time directive
- Driving Limits
- Rest Periods
- Infringements & penalties
- Governing regulations and the operating system
- Unit main features, memory functions, pictograms, types of cards and their uses
- Universal Co-ordinated Time (UTC)
- Manual entry procedure
- Login / Logout procedures, displays and messages, printouts & printer operating procedures
- Regulations concerning tachograph usage
- Regulations concerning record keeping
- Understanding tachograph charts
- Manual entries
- Infringement & Penalties
- Vehicle braking systems, vehicle control, minimising wear & tear, prevention of failure
- Trailer coupling systems & safe operating procedures
- Different systems used to contain loads
- Handling equipment for loading & unloading vehicles
- Safe loading
- Load distribution
- Securing equipment
- Vehicle stability
- Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)
- Manual handling and the body
- The spine
- Correct lifting technique
- Correct carrying technique
- Manual handling in freight
- Safe and economic driving
- Changing work habits
- The benefits of driving economically
- The importance of vehicle maintenance
- Vehicle aerodynamics
- Conform with safe driving procedures
- Apply defensive driving techniques
- Apply economic driving techniques
- The urban setting
- Vulnerable road users
- Driving stress
- The rural setting
- Bridge strikes
- The relevance of health and safety
- The causes of accidents
- Workplace vehicle accidents
- Risk assessments
- Slips, trips and falls
- Physical and mental fitness
- Diet and driving
- Alcohol and drugs
- Tiredness and sleep patterns
- Driving at night
- Company documentation
- Daily vehicle checks
- Customer care
- Route planning
- Vehicle security
- Clandestine entrants
Assessment & Certification
During the daily courses performance is measured through safety assessments and hazard perception tests. While there is no requirement to pass or to achieve a certain level, our training ensures all participants receive relevant case study information and vehicle safety demonstrations, together with the 35 hours of practical training required to achieve this qualification.
At the end of each 7 hour course the candidate will be presented with a certificate of attendance from the training provider.
Once all 35 hours of training has been completed the Driver Qualification Card (DQC) will be sent to candidates by the Driving Standards Agency.
Candidates should be aware it is unlawful to drive professionally without having your DQC. Driver CPC is enforced in all European Union (EU) member states. Therefore if you are driving professionally in another EU country, you must have a valid Driver CPC.
All courses/qualifications are JAUPT accredited.
Each module of the driver CPC periodic training is 3.5 hours long and any two can be done to be eligible for one 7 hours course.
RTITB Module 1a – Drivers hours and the working time directive
RTITB Module 1b – Digital tachographs
RTITB Module 1c – Analogue tachographs
RTITB Module 2a – Vehicle & Load handling systems
RTITB Module 2b – Safe vehicle loading
RTITB Module 2c – Manual Handling
RTITB Module 3a – Safe and Economic Driving (Practical)
RTITB Module 3b – Safe and economic driving (Practical)
RTITB Module 3c – Rural and urban driving
RTITB Module 4a – Health & safety in transport
RTITB Module 4b – Personal well-being
RTITB Module 5a – Company procedures & secure transport operations
Candidates are issued with a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence upon completion of all 35 hours
Drivers must hold any of these licences C, C1, C+E or C1+E D, D1, DE, D1E