What is Driver CPC?

Driver CPC stands for Driver Certificate of Professional Competence, it’s sometimes referred to as a driver qualification card or DQC. This is a qualification you will need to achieve if you’re driving a lorry, bus or coach professionally. You need to carry your CPC card whenever you’re driving for work.

Does everyone that drives a lorry need CPC?

There are exceptions, so it’s worth checking with the DVSA if you’re planning to do anything unusual. The general rule is if you’re being paid to drive a lorry, or if you’re carrying more than 9 passengers and being paid to do so you will need to hold a valid card.

To get your CPC you must pass the initial training which comes in two parts. Module 2 is a case study theory test and Module 4 is a practical test. Once you’ve passed this initial training you can get your CPC card, this will last 5 years. You then need to keep your training up to date by completing 35 hours of training before the 5 year deadline. This continuous training aims to refresh your knowledge. It’s not worth trying to dodge this training, if you’re caught driving without CPC you will get a £1,000 fine! Driving without your card can result in a £50, even if you have the valid qualification.

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Learn With Us

We have on-site assessors, so you can learn everything you need to know and take your test with us. If you’re not sure if you’ll need driver CPC ask us, or contact the DVSA. We’ll be able to help you and it’s important to stay on the right side of the law.

We have made it easy to get the right qualifications if you’re just starting out. We have packages available that include the medical and driver CPC, so if you need it you can get everything in one go. When you need to do your ongoing training we can provide this, so it’s as simple as it can be to keep it on track.