About Driver CPC

Driver CPC is the short term for Driver Certificate of Professional Competence. If you are a professional bus, coach or lorry driver you need to hold your drivers CPC in addition to your vocational driving licence.

Any drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes and minibuses with 9 seats or more must usually obtain a Driver CPC. There are exemptions however – you can take a look at our page on CPC exemptions to find out more.

The Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) was introduced during 2008 for passenger carrying vehicles and 2009 for LGVs, as part of a new European Directive designed to improve road safety, enhance standards of driving and regularly maintain the performance of professional drivers.

You need to do 35 hours of periodic training every five years to keep your Driver CPC.

If you’re new to driving you must gain your initial CPC qualification and then renew every five years after that. Existing drivers must also undertake the training so you can continue to drive professionally. You can read more about this on our Who Needs CPC page.

Take a look at our CPC Certification page to find out more about how the process works, and also our CPC Courses page to see the whole range of courses we offer to help you meet your CPC requirements.

To discuss your specific needs call us today on 0333 123 1160 or alternatively contact Terry on 07831 392249. You can also email us at info@driveline-training.co.uk.