What is driver CPC training and who needs it?

Driver CPC Training has been introduced across Europe with the core aim of improving road safety and maintaining high standards of driving.

And the Driver CPC certification is now a standard part of professional driving, which all drivers must adhere to whether they are in charge of operating a bus, lorry or coach.

But what is Driver CPC Training?

Established by the European Union as an initiative that aims to ensure that all drivers on the road are competent and proficient, Driver CPC is a set of standards that are applied to initial driver training and career-long continuing education programmes.

Who needs CPC Training?

Driver CPC Training is now legally required for every driver that has a Category C or Category D licence and includes the following commercial vehicles:

  • Articulated lorries
  • Tipper trucks
  • Bin lorries
  • Heavy construction equipment
  • Buses – both regional and local
  • Coaches – both regional and continental.

But that’s not all… all operators of HGV and PCV vehicles must also be CPC certified.

What does the training involve?

All new drivers seeking to obtain their first Category C or Category D licence are required to undergo a complete training programme and part of that training involves CPC training which stands for ‘Certificate of Professional Competence.’

CPC training is designed to prepare all drivers for their theory and practical test, providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to become a competent, well rounded driver. It is these tests and training that create the CPC qualification.

Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect to cover during the course:

  • How to operate the safety controls of a vehicle, whilst minimising wear and tear.
  • Learn about the brakes and retarder.
  • How to use the speed and gear ratio and manoeuvre hills in response to potential brake failures
  • How to optimise fuel consumption.
  • Understanding the industry regulations around driver working hours and how to apply the regulations.
  • Being able to Identify the risks of the road,
  • Recognising how to prevent accidents.
  • Preventing the trafficking of people including illegal immigrants. You will also cover the consequences for drivers if you find yourself in this situation.
  • Learning about the importance of self care including diet and exercise, alertness, illness, stress and mental health issues
  • Understanding how to successfully assess emergency situations and what to do.

Driver CPC Deadline!

If you are yet to complete your Driver CPC Training, you have until the 9th September 2019 to make sure that you have completed your mandatory training.

Periodic Driver CPC Training

The regulation also now requires drivers to complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years, to keep your Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) to drive a lorry, bus or coach. Drivers can be fined up to £1000 for failing to comply with these regulations.

Here at JMD Haulage, we provide effective Driver CPC Training that has been designed to provide you with The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) – a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers.