Introduction To Driver CPC Training


Driver CPC Training at our Bristol training centre is the answer to the significant changes for drivers of LGV and PCV vehicles that will affect every professional driver.


This has been introduced across the EU to maintain high driving standards and improve road safety.

For PCV drivers (Cat D1 and Cat D) the changes will take effect from 10th Sept 08 and for LGV drivers (Cat C1, C & C+E) vehicles 10th Sept 2009. There are a few exemptions (see below).


All drivers will need to complete a minimum of 35 hours of periodic training within every five year period.


This training will require attendance at courses, but will not require drivers to take or pass further examinations.


If you are an existing driver you will have ‘acquired rights’ as you already hold a vocational driving licence (C, C1, CE, C1E, D, D1, DE and D1E) on the relevant start dates.


Bus and coach drivers will hold acquired rights up until 9 September 2013 and lorry drivers until 9th September 2014.



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Periodic Driver CPC Training Courses for Existing Drivers

What is Periodic Training?
Periodic training is continuing professional development for bus, coach and lorry drivers. It carries on throughout the professional driver’s career – no matter how infrequently they drive. The minimum length of a training course is 7 hours.

Driver CPC requires you to complete a minimum of 35 hours of periodic training during every five-year cycle for as long as you wish to continue driving professionally.

Only approved courses can be taken with approved training centres.

As an approved training provider, P B Driver Training offers high-quality Driver CPC Training for your company, either at your premises or from our own facilities in Pucklechurch, Bristol.

It is important that you allow yourself enough time to complete your training within the five year period.
There is no advantage in delaying your periodic training, the sooner you train, the sooner your knowledge and skills will be refreshed and updated, which will enhance your professionalism.

The training can be tailored to suit the driver and employer and can be on any subject as long as it relates to the driver carrying out his job and there is an approved programme available.

If you have any particular courses you would like us to tailor for you or your company, then give us a call to discuss your requirements.You name it!
If you do it at work already then let us “kill two birds with one stone”

Periodic Driver CPC Modules Include:

  • Mechanical Handling Equipment
  • ADR (initial) – Core, Packages + 7
  • Classes (this can count as 21 hours Driver CPC)
  • Keep Me Tachograph Legal
  • Driver & Vehicle Health Check
  • A Drivers Guide to Eco-Friendly Driving
  • Speed Awareness and Accident Procedures
  • Manual Handling & Load Security
  • Emergency First Aid In The Workplace

There are exemptions from the Driver CPC qualification, these are as follows:

  • Drivers of vehicles used for the non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, for personal use.
  • Undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or new or rebuilt vehicles not yet put into service.
  • Used in the course of driving lessons for any person wishing to obtain a driving licence or Driver CPC.
  • Carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, provided that driving the vehicle does not constitute the driver’s principal activity with a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45km/h.
  • Used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service, and forces responsible for maintaining public order.
  • Used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions.

Driver CPC Course Dates 2020


17th – Speed Awareness and Accident Procedures
18th – Smart Motorways
19th – A Drivers Guide to eco-friendly Driving
20th – Keep Me Tachograph Legal
21st – Emergency First Aid in the Workplace
Saturday 22nd – Eco Friendly Driving

23rd – Driver & Vehicle Health Check
24th – A Drivers Guide to eco-friendly Driving
25th – Emergency First Aid
26th – Keep Me Tachograph Legal
27th – Smart Motorways
Saturday 28th – Speed Awareness


27th  – Keep Me Tachograph Legal
28th – Speed Awareness and Accident Procedures
29th – A Drivers Guide to eco-friendly Driving
30th – Emergency First Aid in the Workplace

1st – Secure Transport 
Saturday 2nd – Smart Motorways

18th – Keep Me Tachograph Legal
19th – Emergency First Aid in the Workplace
20th – A Drivers Guide to eco-friendly Driving
21st – Speed Awareness and Accident Procedures
22nd – Smart Motorways
Saturday 23rd – Driver & Vehicle Health

22nd – Smart Motorways
23rd – A Drivers Guide to eco-friendly Driving
24th – Speed Awareness and Accident Procedures
25th – Keep Me Tachograph Legal
26th – Emergency First Aid in the Workplace
Saturday 27th – Driver & Vehicle Health


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Initial Driver CPC For New Drivers


Initial Driver CPC Training Courses for New Drivers

Initial Qualification

As a new driver, you will need to pass the Driver CPC theory and practical tests in addition to the licence acquisition, theory and practical tests if you intend to drive professionally. Once you have passed these tests you will also need to undergo on-going periodic training to keep your Driver CPC qualification.

How will the test Change
The initial qualification has been divided into 4 modules as follows:-

Module 1 – Licence acquisition theory test – 100 multi-choice questions and 19 hazard perception clips (cost £28 for multi-choice & £12 for hazard perception)

Module 2 – 1½ hours Case Study questions (cost £24)

Module 3 – Licence acquisition practical test – 1½ hours practical driving test (cost £115 weekdays £141 weekends)

Module 4 – Driver CPC practical test – 30 minutes practical demonstration of vehicle safety (cost £55 weekdays)

You must pass module 1 before you can take module 3 and you must pass module 2 before you can take module 4. Once all modules have been completed you will be issued with a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) by the DSA.


We have produced a number of videos aimed at giving people who are considering taking some driver training some insight.

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