Do you need to update or qualify for you Driver CPC?
Whether you need to complete the Module 2 & 4 CPC or update you 35 hour periodic training, we have courses running daily.
what is the driver cpc?
“What is CPC?” is one of our most frequently asked questions. Here, we explain what Driver CPC courses are, why you need CPC training, what is involved and whether you need Initial or Periodic Driver CPC training. Our aim is to help you navigate through the sometimes complicated process of becoming a professional HGV driver. If you’d prefer to discuss your CPC driver training questions, please call us now; we’d be more than happy to talk it through.
Why do I have to do the Driver CPC?
Back in September 2009, the Government passed the Driver CPC legislation to ensure that all professional Drivers would be subject to the same ongoing requirement for retraining. Since then, the Driver CPC has been keeping HGV Drivers’ skills at the high level required by the role through ongoing ‘Periodic’ training on a range of subjects which are relevant to the life of a professional HGV Driver.
Some Drivers are not affected by the Driver CPC legislation; these include people who drive for emergency services (e.g. ambulance driver), the military, people who drive in the course of other duties (e.g. scaffolders) and people using vehicles purely for personal use (e.g horsebox owners moving their own horses.) Safe to say, most people DO fall under these rules, so if you think you’re exempt for any reason you should seek advice before driving.
Completing your Module 2 & 4
The CPC Module 4 test is the very last thing to do after you have completed all other training. Once you have passed this you will be issued your CPC Card. You will need to carry this card every time you want to drive for financial gain or you could face a fine of up to £1000. Before you take the CPC Module 4 you must have completed your CPC module 2 (Case Studies) theory test.
We offer training for Module 2 via our online portal, teaching you all you need to prepare you for your test. Module 4 training is designed to teach you what you can expect to find in the real world. You can only do the Module 4 training once you have passed your C1 or your C licence. If you are looking to get your CPC straight after you pass you will need to keep your driving licence and send it off after you have passed your CPC. You must have your driving licence on you in order to take the test.
The course we offer is a one-day practical course, including test, that will give students the chance to discuss key issues relating to LGV safety and demonstrate the practical skills required of professional LGV drivers, as per standards set by the DVSA. Completion of this course will also prepare candidates to take the Module 4 Initial Driver CPC test.
This course covers, but is not limited to, the following areas:
Safe use of the vehicle
Checks to be made before driving
Loading the vehicle safely and securely
Checking for risks from criminal acts and trafficking
Driving in cold weather climates and what checks should be made
You will do your training in the morning until you are happy you have taken in all the relevant information to pass the test the first time. If you need to go over anything then we will go over it again. Then we will go to Guildford to be examined. The test can last up to 30 minutes.
Module 4 is the practical demonstration knowledge exam: the test fee for this is currently £55.00 (Monday to Friday). You will need to undertake formal training and provide a suitable vehicle for the test. We will provide the Module 4 training in the morning and arrange your practical test in the afternoon. £250 all-in includes tuition, test fee and use of the vehicle.
35 hour Periodic Classroom Course
If you want to drive professionally, you must hold a DCPC qualification. do this you must complete 35 hours of training every 5 years, we suggest doing 1 course a year or you can complete our 5 day training week.
A 1 day training course is 7 hours long and based either in our classroom or virtually using zoom. During this course we will discuss all topics around the role of driving professionally.
To attend periodic training, you need to either:
* Have acquired rights on driving licence where you passed your car test before 1997
* Passed a commercial licence being Category C1/ C/CE before Sept 2009
* Passed you D1/D licence before Sept 2008
* Finally passed your CPC qualification in a lorry or a bus licence. Completing modules 2 and 4 test.
When attending the course, you will need to bring your full UK driving licence in order to register. The following checks will be completed:
* Your identification i.e. the person attending the course is the person on the licence
* Your eligibility i.e. how you qualify to sit the course
* The signature
* The address on the licence is current
On the course, you will be taught and/or refreshed on the rules and regulations of the sector you are working in.
Upon completion, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance and your DQC (Driver Qualification Card) in the post at the address, which is on your licence.