Driver CPC

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Driver CPC Training (DCPC) | HGV CPC

Driver CPC

The Driver CPC (DCPC) is short for “Driver Certificate of Professional Competence”. It has been introduced to the UK through EU Directive 2009/59. It’s the qualification that all HGV, coach and bus drivers will need if they wish to drive professionally for a living.


Driver CPC has 3 main objectives.

1, Improve road safety

2, Underpin and expand on existing driver knowledge and skills

3, Ensure new entrants have the required skills and knowledge

Driver CPC is divided into two types.

Initial Driver CPC

Required for all new entrants requiring cat C1 or C.

Periodic Driver CPC

Required for all drivers who already have PCV/LGV entitlement and wish to continue to drive professionally.

BLE runs Periodic Driver CPC training on a regular basis

Why use BLE

As an employer or driver you can’t choose whether to train or not.  But you can choose a training company that offers cost effective training packages that are designed to improve the professionalism of drivers and give a return on investment by reducing operating costs.

Our services

• JAUPT Accredited Driver CPC Training centre

• Cost effective driver CPC training tailored to your needs

• Training on your premises

• Industry experienced accredited trainers



Aim of the driver CPC

The main aim behind the Driver CPC is to improve road safety; provide better qualified drivers who are up to date current legislation and to help reduce road casualties.

The Driver CPC should also result in improved productivity for employers as a result of more professional drivers.

Driver CPC in a nutshell

Driver CPC bullet point Drivers with the category C or D range of licence entitlements who drive for commercial gain must accrue 35 hours of approved training by September 2013 for PCV drivers, and by September 2014 for LGV drivers.

  • The course must be delivered by a Joint Approval Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) approved training centre. Each course is seven hours long, so five courses need to be attended before the September deadlines.


  • Driver CPC bullet point Courses can be completed in any convenient format e.g. 14 hours in one year, 14 hours in another and 7 in another. Or all 35 hours could be completed in five days of training in a shorter timescale.


  • Course content can cover these areas: Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving, Application of Regulations Health & Environment and Customer Service and Logistics


  • Qualification is by attendance. There is no compulsory test at the end of the course but most clients are asking delegates to complete a simple multiple choice questionnaire at the end of the course.


  • Drivers' course attendance is logged with the DVLA. Once 35 hours have been logged, the driver is issued with a Driver Qualification Card (DQC). After the September dates it will be a legal requirement to carry this card if driving for work purposes.


  • Certain drivers are exempt.


  • Drivers applying to take their D or C range test now have to take a four part test which includes CPC theory and practical tests. A pass entitles them to a DQC immediately and they must then complete 35 hours of refresher training within five years of their test pass date.

Course Scheduling & the 35 hours requirement

PCV drivers need to complete their 35 hours of training by September 2013. LGV drivers need to complete their 35 hours of training by September 2014.

The 35 hours can be phased over this period to suit you e.g. 7 hours per year for five years, or 14 hours in each of two years and 7 hours in one year, or any combination so long at the 35 hours is completed before the deadline date for PCV or LGV drivers.


Course Timings, Weekend Training & Course Size

Most course run between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. but some clients prefer to start earlier.  A full seven hour session must be completed in one day.  Or the seven hours can be completed over two days providing that the second 3.5 hour session starts within 24 hours of the end of the first 3.5 hour session.

We can run courses during the normal working week or on a Saturday.

Out trainers are registered to deliver courses for up to 15 delegates on one course.

Attendance & DSA Registration

Drivers must attend the full seven hours of training to qualify for having their seven hours attendance uploaded to the DSA register.  Drivers failing to attend the full seven hours will not have their details registered with the DSA so even their partial attendance will not count. Late arrivals or early leavers will not be registered as having attended.

Drivers completing seven hours training will have their details uploaded to the DSA register.

Once a driver has completed 35 hours of training, the DSA will immediately issue a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) which is sent to the driver's home address.

We are registered with JAUPT to deliver courses for up to 15 delegates on one course.

For in house courses our fee is £65 plus VAT per person per module including upload fees and certificates.

Discounts are available for companies entering into a long term agreement to complete 35 hours of training.

Katy – St Bede’s Catholic College – Bristol

I think this course has improved my confidence a lot, it has been interesting and a huge learning experience for me. I think it was well worth giving up my half term for this, and would recommend it to others.

Peter Gould, Deputy Head Teacher-Orchard School Bristol

Beyond Limits Education have been based at Orchard School since September 2010. The team have provided an excellent service for our school community over the last 8 years. In 2010 – 2013 37 Year 11 students took part in a bespoke programme covering ASDAN Wider Key Skills (IOL&P, WWO & PS) 33 students completed at least one Wider Key Skill (.75 A*-C equivalency), 28 students completed ....

Amir Walji, Assistant Principal Ken Stimpson Community School – Peterborough

Since engaging the services of Beyond Limits Education 3 years ago, without doubt, the effect of the programme delivered by Nick Davey and Margaret Lambert has been profound on the students involved and has raised the school’s level of attainment and achievement. The students selected for the intensive 8-day programme had to meet the ‘criteria’ of disengagement and/or at risk of not achi....

Tomoe Valve

        Tomoe Valve have worked in conjunction with Beyond Limits Education for a period of 4 years. Beyond Limits Education has provided all our training requirements. Training activities range from the following:-   Fire Safety, Fire Warden, MIG & TIG welding, Fork truck, (Counter balance and reach) IOSH health/safety, NEBOSH general, NEBOSH environmental,   Trai....

PCT Global Ltd

"An informative and worthwhile NEBOSH course, instructors were very helpful and friendly. Highly recommended."

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