Key things you need to know about Driver CPC Course

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CPC Course

The Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) certification is currently a standard part of professional driving when that driving requires to operate a lorry, bus, or coach. Driver CPC is a set of standards applied to fundamental driver training and career-long continuing education. It’s a set of standards established by the European Union to make sure all professional drivers are both competent and proficient. There’s numerous CPC course available, all specifically designed to update and keep the knowledge and skills of the lorry, bus and coach drivers.

Here, we take the primary things you have to remember to protect yourself safe, legal and ready for the road.

1. Make sure you need Driver CPC:

The first question you’ll need to ask yourself is, do you really need to do your Driver CPC? It can get a little bit cloudy sometimes around who does or doesn’t need a Driver CPC qualification. The basic rule is that you should have Driver CPC if you drive a lorry, bus or coach as the main aspect of your job. However, this is a bit undecided and there are a number of exceptions from this rule. Click here to know about Exceptions.

2. Be up to the date of the rules for New Drivers:

After passing a driving test for a minibus, coach, or lorry you should then pass an underlying Driver CPC qualification to drive for a living. In addition to the theory and practical test to get your driving permit, you will additionally need to pass a computer-based and shorter practical test to acquire your initial Driver CPC qualification. After this, Licence must be maintained with periodic training. Depending on when you passed your test, you may be able to jump directly to the periodic training.

3. Keep up your Periodic Training:

The periodic training rule is there to guaranty a constant high level of driving for drivers of large vehicles and combat skill and knowledge fade. To keep up your Driver CPC, you should experience 35 hours of organized CPC training every five years. You can do the training whenever you need, spreading this out thru the course of the five years. However, if you do not finish your training by the 5-year deadline you will not be able to drive expertly until you have completed the full 35 hours. So effectively, you will not be able to work.

4. Know what the course requires:

You should take one of these to your Driver CPC training course:

· Driving permit

· Passport

· Digital tachograph card

· Your Driver CPC card

Toward the end of the course, you will get authentication of attendance which you should keep safe so you have a record of when you did your preparation.

5. Getting your Driver CPC card:

Your Driver CPC card often called a ‘DQC’ (driver qualification card) will be sent to the location on your Driver's Licence. It will utilize a similar picture and signature as is on that. You should carry this card with you at consistently while driving a lorry, bus, or coach professionally. The only exception to this is if you have finished your 35 hours and are waiting for your new card to be conveyed, so long as the training centre has uploaded your hours.

6. Don’t miss your Training Deadline:

You can’t drive professionally if you don’t complete the 35 hours by the due date. So, it is really best to try and avoid this scenario with good planning. However, it’s not the end of the world if you do miss the deadline. You essentially need to finish the required number of training hours as quickly as possible. Once complete your driver qualification card will be put in the post and you can begin driving again.


These are some quick hints about Driver CPC that you should keep in mind to become a professional driver. You should have the full Driver CPC if you drive a lorry, bus or coach as the main aspect of your job.

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