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13 July 2024
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Drivers cpc

D & A Training is an authorized training provider approved by JAUPT (Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training) for Drivers CPC.

The EU passed the Driver CPC EU Directive in 2003. This Directive will become effective from 10 September 2009 and will affect all professional LGV drivers with a GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) of 3.5tonnes and above.

For new drivers it introduces a new initial qualification, the Drivers Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), which increases the amount of knowledge that drivers need before they can drive.

The initial qualification includes a four hour theory test and a two hour driving and practical test.

All drivers, new and existing, will then have to undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC is current. This is known as Periodic Training.

Periodic Training will be designed to conform and expand on the existing knowledge and skills of each driver to ensure that they continue to be confident, safe and fuel efficient drivers also enabling them to keep up to date with ever changing regulations.


All drivers must undertake 35 hours of training in every five year period. The minimum length of a training course that contributes to the periodic training requirement is seven hours.

Courses may be undertaken in blocks of multiples of seven to contribute to the required 35 hours.

Once driver has successfully gained their 35 hours of Drivers CPC training, they will be issued with a DQC (Drivers Qualification Card) from the DVLA.  This card must be kept with the driver at all times so he/she is able to present it should the need arise.


New Drivers who gain their initial Driver CPC after 10 September 2009 will immediately begin their period of periodic training and will need to complete 35 hours of training within five years of attaining their initial Driver CPC. After this, they will need to undertake a further 35 hours of training in every subsequent five year period in order to retain their Driver CPC.

Exemptions from the Drivers CPC

The Driver CPC directive will not apply to the drivers of
• Vehicles with a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45 km/h
• Vehicles used by or under the control of the armed forces, civil defence, the fire  service and forces responsible for maintaining public order
• Vehicles undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance  purposes, or of new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service
• Vehicles used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions
• Vehicles used in the course of driving lessons for any person wishing to obtain a driving licence or Driver CPC
• Vehicles used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods for personal use
• vehicles carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, provided that driving the vehicle is not the driver’s principal activity.

D & A Training will be happy to discuss any queries, questions or requirements you may have regarding the training directive.

Please contact D & A Training with your specific requirements