Driver CPC Courses Available

Centre Number: AC01240

Modular Course Number: CRS11776/1240

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. It has been introduced across Europe with the professed aim of improving road safety and helping to maintain high standards of driving. Legislation came into effect in the United Kingdom on 10 September 2009.

Under a new European Union Directive, professional bus, coach and lorry drivers need to hold a Driver CPC in addition to a vocational driving licence. Any drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes and minibuses with 9 seats or more must usually obtain a Driver CPC.


New drivers obtain their Driver CPC by passing a series of initial qualification tests – theory and practical. This must then be followed by 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years if they want to keep their Driver CPC after that period.

Bus and coach (PCV) drivers who hold a relevant vocational licence (D, D1, D+E and D1+E) gained before 10 September 2008, (including restricted vocational licence D(101) issued after 1991 and D1(101) issued before 1997) and lorry (LGV) drivers who obtained their licence (C, C1, C+E and C1+E) before 10 September 2009, do not need to take the initial qualification. This is because they are deemed to hold ‘acquired rights’. However, they will still have to complete periodic training to keep their Driver CPC.

New drivers who have qualified via the initial qualification route will receive a Driver Qualification Card (DQC), alternatively community code 95 can be added on the driving licence, which they can show as proof that they hold Driver CPC.

You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

Existing drivers with acquired rights will receive their DQC when they have completed their first 35 hours of periodic training; their DQC will be valid until 9 September 2018 for PCV drivers and until 9 September 2019 for LGV drivers. Drivers with licences for both PCV and LGV will be covered by one DQC which will be valid until 9 September 2019.

We are an approved centre with JAUPT (

We currently offer the following modules:

  • Ability to Prevent Physical Risk
  • First Aid – Part 1
  • First Aid – Part 2
  • Health & Safety – Driver Related
  • Personal Health & Wellbeing
  • Professional Driving – The Basics Part 1
  • Professional Driving – The Basics Part 2
  • Vulnerable Road Users

We offer 3.5 hours sessions which can be done during normal working hours, evenings and weekends (7 hours attendance is required within a 24 hour period)

NB If you choose to do 2 evening sessions they would need to be attended on 2 consecutive evenings in order to get the accreditation.