Driver CPC was launched as an EU Directive 2003/59 and runs in line with a vocational driving licence. The training is intended for drivers of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and passenger carrying vehicles (PCV) that hold 9 or more passengers. The aim of CPC training is to improve the skills and competence throughout a driver’s working career.
Initial Driver CPC Qualification is required with the following format:
- Section 1 – Driving Theory Test
- Section 2 – CPC Case Studies Test
- Section 3 – Driver Ability Test
- Section 4 – Practical demonstration Test
Drivers who hold a vocational license prior to 10th September 2008 are exempt from the Initial Driver CPC Qualification but are required to complete periodic Driver CPC Training.
Following the initial Driver CPC Training, periodic Driver CPC Training needs to be completed every 5 years and contains 35 hours of training. Emergency First Aid at Work makes up 7 of the 35 hours training required. Upon successful completion, the Professional Drivers First Aid certificate is valid for 3 years.
The deadlines to complete Driver CPC Training are:
- Public Carrying Vehicle (PCV) drivers – 10th September 2013
- Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) drivers – 10th September 2014
Having the skills to deal with first aid at the roadside is invaluable. LGV’s were attributed in over 7,000 accidents, over 9,000 casualties and over 200 fatalities according to the Department of Transport National Statistics. Driver CPC Training is fundamental to improve road safety and lifesaving first aid skills are essential for all professional drivers.