Driver CPC Training

What Is It?

It stands for Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC).

Who Needs It?
Professional lorry drivers, bus drivers and coach drivers. Nobody can work professionally without this qualification.

Who Says?

It was introduced across Europe in 2014, with the aim of maintaining high standards and improving road safety.

How Does It Work?

There is an option to complete a vocational or a full qualification. HOWEVER, professional drivers who need their full Driver CPC must complete the whole programme.

What Does It Consist Of?
There are a series of qualification tests covering theory and practical, in order to gain the full qualification.

IN ADDITION, drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years in order to keep their licence. There’s no pass or fail element to this training, it’s simply good practice (and the law) to complete it in order to stay as competent as you currently are.

Let’s Get Started!

If you haven’t yet qualified – now is the time. Driveforce cannot offer work to any professional drivers without the qualification, so we are encouraging people to register and become CPC qualified drivers.

We’re also looking to encourage those with the qualification to embark upon their ‘refresher’ hours, for the reasons stated below.

Planning Ahead:

The Driver CPC deadline was 2014, and whilst it lasts 5 years, we’d encourage all drivers to do a bit of their periodic training each year. The reason for this is simple – if everyone leaves things to the last minute to ‘cram’ their training in at the end of the 5 year deadline, this may result in driver shortages by September 2019.


Other information:

Drivers must always carry evidence of their Driver CPC status while driving professionally. If they don’t – they are liable for penalties.

This is enforced all over European Union (EU) member states, unless they have an exemption.