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Driver CPC

Driver CPC

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) was introduced in:

  • 2008 for bus and coach drivers
  • 2009 for lorry drivers

New drivers who drive for a living had to start taking the Driver CPC initial qualification from then.

Existing drivers were given Ďacquired rightsí which took their previous experience into account.

To stay within the rules, both new and existing drivers must then do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years.

Making roads safer

9th September 2014 was the deadline for existing lorry drivers to finish their first 35 hours of training.

This means that from 10th September 2014, all professional lorry, bus or coach drivers on Great Britainís roads have proved their skills and taken training to keep themselves up to date.

The Driver CPC syllabus aims to keep drivers up to date on things like how to:

  • load vehicles safely and securely
  • make sure passengers are comfortable and safe
  • apply the rules about professional driving, eg driversí hours
  • assess emergency situations and give first aid
  • optimise fuel consumption
  • prevent trafficking in illegal immigrants

Drivers who havenít finished their training

If you had acquired rights and havenít yet completed 35 hours of periodic training, youíre not allowed to drive professionally again until you complete it.

Any training youíve already done stays valid for 5 years from the date you took the course, and isnít lost because of the deadline.

Driver qualification card

You get a driver qualification card (DQC) when you pass the DriverCPCinitial qualification or complete 35 hours of periodic training.

You must carry this while driving a large goods vehicle or passenger-carrying vehicle professionally.


You can get a £50 fixed penalty for driving professionally without having your DQC with you.

Waiting for your DQC

You can still drive professionally if youíve just completed your periodic training and youíre waiting for your DQC to arrive.

You should contact the training centre where you did your training if it isnít showing on your record 5 days after taking it.

Lost, stolen or damaged DQC

You must email the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if yourDQChas been lost, stolen or damaged.

Enforcing DriverCPC

Driving without a DQC, or failing to produce it, carries a maximum fine of £1,000 for both the driver and the operator licence holder.

These offences will be referred to the Traffic Commissioner who will then consider what action to take. This could include suspending the driverís licence and/or the operatorís licence.



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