Posted on 25th July 2014 By Charlotte McGhie


The Driver CPC or Certificate of Professional Competence, affects anyone driving HGV’s over 3.5 tonnes for hire and reward or any financial gain. It is a new European Government legislation that came into effect on 10th September 2009 and was bought in with the aim to improve road safety and to maintain the high standards of driving in Europe.

There are a few exemptions to those who need the Drivers CPC depending on the vehicle they drive or the driver’s situation. These include;

  • The driver is using the vehicle for purposes controlled by the armed forces, civil defence, fire services or any force responsible for maintaining public order.
  • The vehicle is used to carry equipment needed for work as long as driving the truck is not the sole or main job of the individual.
  • The vehicle is used for non-commercial use and solely used for carrying goods for personal use unless the driver is under 21 years old in which case they are not exempt in this instance.
  • The vehicle is used for the purposes of driving lessons to obtain a licence or CPC
  • The vehicle has a maximum authorised speed of no more than 28 MPH.



Obtaining the Drivers CPC will vary depending on whether you are a new or existing driver.

Existing Driver

If you are an existing driver who passed your car test BEFORE January 1997 and gained your C1 licence or above before 10th September 2009 you are deemed to have “acquired rights” on your licence. You will there for not need to complete the CPC Initial Qualification but will need to complete 35 hours of CPC Periodic Training every 5 years on an ongoing basis. The first 35 hours will need to be completed by 10th September 2014.

New Driver

If you are a new Driver who passed your car test AFTER January 1997 or gained your C1 licence or above AFTER September 10th 2009, you will need to complete the Initial CPC Requirement first. You will then need to complete 35 hours of CPC Periodic Training every 5 years on an ongoing basis. Your first set of 35 hours will need to be completed within 5 years of passing the CPC Initial Requirement.

If you are still unsure about what the Drivers CPC is and how it affects you, please give us a call on: 01276 537400. We’ll be more than happy to have a chat with you about the Drivers CPC, how it affects you and what you need to do to get out on the road!


As we talked about above, the Initial CPC Qualification must be completed by any new driver wanting to use their LGV licence for financial gain. The Initial CPC Qualification is made up of two parts and can be completed before, during or after your Category C training process but must be completed in the following order and before you begin working for financial gain;

  • Module 2 – CPC Theory Test
  • Module 4 – CPC Practical Test

The Module 2 CPC Theory Test

The Module 2 Theory Test will need to be taken at a DSA Theory Test Centre on a computer just like your Multiple Choice and Hazard perception Theory Tests. You will need to take with you both parts of your driving licence, card and counterpart. The test takes approximately 1.5 hours and consists of seven case studies for you to look at and then to answer six to eight questions on each case study. The questions as a whole are concentrating on vehicle and driver safety and include questions that focus on the following;

  • Fuel Consumption
  • Vehicle Loading Safety Rules
  • Social Environment of Road Transport
  • Regulations Governing Carriage of Goods
  • Risks of the Road and Accidents at Work
  • Importance of Physical and Mental Ability
  • Ability to Assess Emergency Situations
  • Adopting Behaviour to Enhance Company Image
  • Environment and Organisation of Road Haulage



When you start your journey towards completing the CPC Initial Qualification with Surrey & Hampshire HGV Training we will set you up with access to an online revision website. You will have a unique log-in which allow you to revise each section as listed above and to then keep up to date with your revision progress. You will also be able to complete mock tests so that you are familiar with the types of case studies you will be asked to look at and also the types of questions you will need to answer.

Once you have gained confidence and you are passing the mock tests online, you can give us a call on the Training Operations number: 01276 536356 so that we can book you in for your Module 2 Theory Test at your local DSA test centre.


The Module Practical Test will need to be completed at a DSA Test Centre and takes approximately half an hour. It involves a “show me, tell me” walk around of the vehicle where you will be asked questions from 5 topic areas by the examiner. You will need to show a good level of knowledge, understanding and ability in these areas;

  • ability to load the vehicle, paying attention to safety rules and using the vehicle properly
  • security of the vehicle and its contents
  • ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants – for example, what you should do if you have returned to the vehicle after taking a comfort break on a ferry or at a border crossing
  • ability to assess emergency situations
  • ability to prevent physical risk
  • ability to complete a physical, walk round vehicle safety check

You will need to achieve 15 out of a possible 20 points in each of the 5 topic areas and a total of 80% over all to pass.




When you have passed your Module 2 Theory test we will provide you with a training course to prepare you for the Module 4 Practical exam. This will be at one of our training locations with one of our dedicated instructors. The training will last approximately 2 hours and will guide you through all of the topic areas that you will need to demonstrate your knowledge in. You will have the opportunity during your training to ask any questions regarding the Module 4 Test that you are unsure of so that you can attend your test with complete confidence.


On the day of your test you will meet your instructor at the Guildford Test Centre who will have the vehicle you will use. You will need to take with you your driving licence card and counterpart as well as your Module 2 Certificate. The examiner will then ask you to lead them to your vehicle where the test will begin.


Once you have completed the Initial CPC Qualification and have completed your Category C training course, you will receive a Drivers Qualification Card (DQC). This will mean you are now ready to work! There will be an expiry date on the card which will be 5 years from the date you completed the above. Before this date you will need to complete 35 hours CPC Periodic Training to gain a Drivers Qualification Card for a further 5 years.




All lorry drivers of vehicles over 3.5 tonnes will need to complete 35 hours CPC Periodic Training every 5 years. If you have acquired rights on your licence you will need to complete your first set of 35 hours by the deadline of 10th September 2014 or your licence will become invalid until the hours are completed. If you are a new driver, you will have 5 years from the date you completed the CPC Initial Requirement to achieve your first 35 hours CPC Periodic Training. Drivers can check how many hours they have completed online.


The periodic training is classroom based and does not include a test so you cannot pass or fail. It is purely attendance based. The classroom training can cover a number of modules and will count towards your 35 hours as long as they are approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT).


We have a number of modules available that are JAUPT approved and so will count towards your CPC Periodic Training Hours. Not only will they ensure you are fully compliant with the new legislation but they will also provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to start out as a new lorry driver and to keep you up to date as an existing driver.


Some of the modules we can provide include;


  • Drivers Hours
  • Working Time Directive (WTD)
  • Analogue Tachographs
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Digital Tachographs
  • Vehicle Safety
  • Illegal Immigrants and Packages
  • First Aid
  • Emergency First Aid at Work




Our Periodic Training courses are held in our dedicated classroom at our Chobham location.


On the morning of your training you will need to arrive in plenty time for registration and with your driving licence card and counterpart. Late candidates may be turned away as a delay in the training commencing will mean the correct amount of training hours will not be completed which we cannot allow to happen so it is very important that you arrive on time.


The driving licence you present must be the original, not copies and in date. If you only have an old style paper licence you must also bring your passport as photographic identification which also must be in date. If you have completed the Initial CPC Requirement you must also bring with you your Drivers Qualification Card (DQC). If you are required to complete the Initial CPC and you have not yet done so, you may still sit the course for knowledge but it will not count towards any of your CPC Periodic Training hours. In this instance we will always recommend completing your Initial CPC first.


Before the training begins your trainer will go through the health and safety points for the day including the location of fire exits etc. He will also make you aware of how your details are recorded and stored so that you are fully aware of how your driving licence details will be used.


The training will consist of PowerPoint presentations, videos, demonstrations and discussions. Your trainer will also test your knowledge with a quiz or two but remember you cannot pass or fail so this is purely to aid your learning experience.


We pride ourselves on our training courses being as fun and interactive as possible as we appreciate that not everyone will be thrilled at the idea of attending a compulsory classroom course especially if you have been driving for many years!


There will be refreshments provided in our break out area with a number of breaks throughout the day so that you are not bombarded with facts and have time to take it all in.


At the end of each training day you will be given a certificate so that you can show your current or potential future employers that you have be fully trained in each of the areas mentioned above. Your trainer will also load your hours onto the system within 5 working days. You can check how many hours you have completed online.


Once you have completed 35 hours’ worth of JAUPT approved CPC Periodic Training you will then be able to continue to drive for work for another 5 years but remember, you will need to complete another 35 hours before the 5 years is up!




Hopefully we have covered everything that you need to know about The Drivers CPC here but are fully aware that it can be quite confusing! Please do let us know if you have any further questions or of you are ready to book.

You can take a look at the Contact Us section of our website for information on all of the ways to get in touch with us, you can call us on: 01276 537400 or even visit us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with all of our latest news.

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