CPC Driver Training Courses
New EU regulations regarding driver hours and tachographs used to mean the need to stay informed about legal requirements has never been more necessary.
What is a CPC Licence – Do I need it?
CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is vital for anyone who wants a career in professional driving. Any candidate without a full Cat C1 licence (allowing you to drive a goods vehicle up to a maximum of 7.5 tonnes), C licence (for driving smaller lorries) or C+E entitlement (cabs with a separate trailer) will need to undertake two further exams, a case study (module 2) and a practical demonstration exam (module 4), in order to obtain their CPC.
Once you have successfully passed your initial CPC, you will now legally be entitled to work as an HGV driver. We will also put your name around our circles and work with you to help find you that first job. The driver CPC training industry is constantly changing and evolving, so training with us will allow you to stay ahead of the game.
What training is required to aquire my CPC licence?
All professional HGV drivers are required by law to undertake a minimum of 35 hours of CPC certified HGV lorry driver training in 7-hour chunks. You may choose to take a single 7-hour session once a year or you can take it all in one go and get it out of the way early on. The minimum training time is 7 hours in any 24-hour cycle; otherwise, it will not count as time towards the Periodic Training.
If you fail to notch up enough hours after 5 years of gaining your HGV licence, you will not be allowed to earn a living from driving a lorry and your licence will be suspended until you have acquired the correct number of hours.
What does the course involve?
Initial Driver CPC is taken in two parts:
Case Study Theory Test (Module 2)
Practical Demonstration Test (Module 4)
- Eco-Safe Driving – Details of how you can drive safely and in a fuel efficient way.
- Congestion Busting – Expand on your existing knowledge of the courses of congestion and how to best to navigate it. Prevention of terrorist attacks and bridge & tunnel strikes.
- Customer Care and Coping at the Sharp End – How you can improve your company’s image and how to deal with challenging and difficult customers.
- Emergency First Aid – Teaching you to manage and treat a first aid emergency and gain a recognised first aid qualification.
- Emergency Treatment & Manual Handling - Emergency
- Preparedness and information on what you can do to reduce your risk of an accident.
What are the benefits?
On successful completion of your lorry driver training courses, you will have the licence and certification, as well as the knowledge and skills that are so highly valued by employers. Also, once you pass your Driver CPC, you'll be issued with a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) or known as CPC Card. This will give you the advantage you need to earn more money as you get your dream job. You will then be on your way to a better career, more promotions and higher salaries.
Don’t stop there, though – really think about the additional HGV / LGV training courses you can take. If you are going to do it, you may as well make sure you learn and benefit from it. Ask us for guidance on how we can assist you with this Periodic Training to give you a foot up into the industry.