About CPC

CPC Certificate of Professional Competence (Drivers)

The 35 hours are classroom based theory. Complete the 35 hours satisfactorily and you gain your certificates then you get your Driver Qualification Card sent to you direct from Driving Standards Agency.

So, don’t get caught out if you operate a vehicle 3½ Tonnes or more with a tachograph then there is a good chance you are required to complete 35hrs of periodic training over a 5 year period.

If you are a (PCV) i.e. a  Mini Bus or Coach driver you MUST have completed your 1st cycle of 35hrs training by September 2013

If you are a (LGV /HGV) i.e. a Large Van or Truck driver you MUST have completed your 1st cycle of 35hrs training by September 2014

If you haven’t completed the full 35 hours training before your cut off date then you are no longer eligible to driver for hire or reward. You will not lose your licence just your entitlement to drive for hire or reward.

Drivers are reminded they can still attend a Driver CPC course to gain accrue the 35 hours periodic training required. Once uploaded drivers are then able to drive again whilst waiting for their D.Q.C. to arrive in the post. This is sent direct to each drivers address detailed on their drivers license from the D.V.S.A. Drivers can expect to receive their D.Q.C. from the D.V.S.A. in Longbenton in Newcastle-upon-Tyne within 5-6 working days of attending the course. In fact if you click here and read on the governments own website you can see that you can actually start driving again legally before your D.Q.C. arrives (scroll down the page to the heading 'Waiting For Your D.Q.C.' ) only if you have completed your 35 hours of periodic training, and the hours have been uploaded.

Once your 35 hours are complete then your entitlement will be restored and you can drive again for hire or reward.  More about which module.


New online enquiry service for professional drivers

The Driving Standards Agency has developed and launched a new online enquiry service for professional drivers.

The new online driver enquiry service, developed by the Driving Standards Agency, 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

Drivers can register to use the service at www.direct.gov.uk/checkdrivercpc

What happens if you don't have a Driver Qualification Card card by September 2014?

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 penalties that apply to both drivers and employers are:

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

"What do I need to do to get started?" - click here and enter your details in our enquiry form.

Leaving Armed Forces Soon?

If you are currently serving in H.M. Armed Forces but looking to retrain for a career in 'civvy street' you are welcome on one of our courses! We have had several delegates from Caterick Garrison and RAF Leeming and more enquiring about our New Year courses, and yes we can help you with the paperwork relating to your resettlement grant.

You will need to follow the Step 1 to 5 process in the ususal way and claim back the course fee through the M.O.D.






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