Driver CPC Training

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GP Training is pleased to provide first class cost efficient programmes for LGV (HGV) and PCV (PSV) drivers for their periodic Driver CPC training. However let’sexplain why and what this programme means for you.

Under the EU Directive 2003/59, Driver Certificate of Professional Competence was introduced across the UK and Europe in September 2009.Its purpose was to ensure all drivers maintain driving standards and improve safety on our roads and motorways. If you wish to drive for a living, you will need to have a CPC Driver qualification.

The legislation requires LGV (HGV and PCV (PSV) drivers to complete 35 hours of training within a fixed five year period from the date/anniversary of them obtaining with LGV (HGV) or PCV (PSV) licence and at five yearly intervals thereafter.

Training on Driver CPC

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence – A New Law called Driver CPC is implemented across EU that enables to maintain high driving quality standards and improve safety on road .It is designed in a manner that develop the driving skills on regular basis throughout his vocational career.

It is mandatory for all the professional drivers’ irrespective bus coach and lorry to hold Driver CPC Qualification card so as to drive any of these communication mode for their daily living.

  • New HGV/PCV license holders needs Initial Driver CPC
  • It is mandatory for the Existing license holders to get the training done for Driver CPC Periodic Training
  • GP Training is offering Initial CPC and Periodic Training. GP Training Training institute are giving us the opportunity to learn and get our training in different languages other than English for our convenient understanding since all the expertise trainers and instructors are multilingual with DSA approved certifications.

    GP Training Initial CPC

    After you pass the initial Driver CPC, you will receive your Driver Qualification Card. You must carry the card along with photo card driving license at the time of work. Employers will not hire any newly qualified LGV or PCV drivers unless they hold driver qualification card.

    Why it is required?

    If you are holding UK Car license post the year 1997 ,then you have to pass the initial driver cpc test in order to get the Driver qualification Card .Unless you have this card, you are not allowed to drive professionally as a lorry ,bus. or coach driver on lorries of 3.5 tons or upwards or minibuses with more than 9 seats.

    It is mandatory for drivers of minibuses with a ‘not for hire or reward’ (Code 101) license to take the initial qualification if they want to remain professional driver on the roads.

    A LGV license holding driver who want to gain the PCV license, or vice versa will be required to hold initial driver card except the ones who already hold C1.

    In case of Initial Driver CPC, you need to pass a case study theory and practical presentation test .Both are on the top of the theory test with multiple choice and hazard perception formats .You also need to pass driving test.

    After you pass all the examinations, you become eligible to hold the Driver Qualification Card .Thereafter all you need is to complete 35 hours periodic training for the next five years in order to retain your Driver CPC Qualification.

    It is important to hold certificate of professional expertise and is required by the law for those who want to drive a vehicle. If you obtain this qualification, it thereby demonstrates your professional competency as an owner operator or transport manager who owns responsibility in maintain quality standard and good vehicles. So applying for Operator’s license or being involved in the FORS/Crossrail accentuates your position in the industry. A ‘Transport Manager’s CPC’ also known as the ‘Operator’s CPC or Managers CPC’ is a separate qualification . Anyone holding a Transport Managers CPC who drives professionally as part of their job will still need Driver CPC.

    Your career high after you pass the examination:

    To remain or become as professional driver for your living, all the coach lorry bus drivers holding license with B entitlement after 1997 must pass all the five tests comprising four modules. This is a stringent rule if you want to sustain your living as professional driver. Click here to download the Jaupt Guidance Notes.

    Module 1 – Multiple Choice Questions & Hazard Perception Video Clips

    It consist of one hundred multiple choice questions where the pass marks is 85 and the 19 hazard perception video clips with 20 score-able hazards ,here the pass mark will be 67 out of 100. The duration for these two tests is 2 and half hours. You can take both the test consecutively on the same day or on separate day in any order.

    Module 2 – Driver CPC Case Study Theory Test

    This is a computer based test with case studies based on real life scenario .Such case studies are set to help you evaluate real life encounter you might face in daily life on roads. The purpose is to test your reasoning skill and your knowledge to put your skill on practical ground. Questions are framed by the experts in the industry and are given in different patters like multiple choice or clicking on an area or photograph or by writing short answers so that you are asked to answer in different ways to test your logical reasoning skill and consistency.

    Your test comprises 7 case studies with six to eight questions in each section with a total score of 50 out of which 40 is the pass mark. The test duration is one and half hours. The test can be held on same test center as module 1 and arranged on same day but separately. Module 1 or 2 can be conducted randomly in any order.

    Module 3 – Practical Driving Test

    You can sit on the practical driving test only after you have passed Module 1.You are not allowed to sit your practical driving test (module 3) unless you have passed Module 1.

    At the time of practical on road driving test , you will be suggested to adopt eco-safe method of driving .This will be evaluated by your examiner. This displays your driving skill in ecofriendly manner and has control on your vehicle in sync with the eco standards .If you fail to do so, this will be noted and recorded on the test form. Hence you will be provided more information and ecofriendly awareness at the end of the test.

    Actual on-road driving time for all rigid categories will be a minimum of 1 hour to give examiners the opportunity to assess a candidate’s driving in more varied traffic conditions and on a wider variety of roads.

    LGV Demonstration Test Apperatus Module 4 – Driver CPC Practical Demonstration Test

    As mentioned earlier, you can apply for the practical demonstration test only after you pass Module 2. Module 4 is a practical test focusing on vehicle safety.

    Module 4 covers 5 topic areas. The pass marks is 15 out of every 20 points i.e. 75% and overall you need to obtain 80%.

    In the one and half hour duration, you need to show your knowledge and abilities in the below areas.

  • Loading vehicles abiding proper safety rules.
  • To maintain the security of the vehicle and its content.
  • Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants
  • To able to evaluate emergency situations.
  • Ability to avoid physical risk
  • Demonstrate your ability through a physical walk round vehicle safety check
  • LGV drivers are also asked to show their driving skill to secure loads on certain specially designed frames. We provide an exact replica of the examiners equipments for the tests that helps you to practice and keep learning.

    We also provide Initial Driver CPC training for clients who have passed their test elsewhere (maybe outside the UK)

    Beware of some providers who do not offer Initial Driver CPC training. Some don't even mention you're going to need a Driver Qualification Card before you can start work as a vocational driver or tell you the extra charge s that is involved.

    How to choose the modules as per the order?

    It is compulsory that you pass Module 1 before taking Module 3 whereas you have to pass Module 2 before you take module 4.

    In case you choose not to become professional driver, you will only need to pass Modules 1 & 3. If later you change your mind and wish to become a driver for living ,you will need to pass Modules 2 & 4.

    Proof of holding Driver CPC.

    After passing all the 4 modules, you will be sent a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) which is issued without charge.

    Your DQC is given back to you on the mentioned address in your driving license. So you need to update your details to the DVLA.It is a must to carry DQC while you are driving else you will be charged penalty in lieu to its absence and if you are a professional driver. If your DQC has been lost, stolen or damaged click here to find out what you must do [Report it to the DSA within 7 days and apply for a replacement card. There will be a fee to replace and issue new cards. To report your DQC card lost, stolen or damaged contact: Email (putting ‘DQC Enquiry’ in the subject field) or telephone 0300 200 1122. Once you have reported it, you will be able to drive for up to 15 days without a card while a replacement is sent to you. NB: if your card has been lost or stolen you must inform your employer.

    After passing initial qualification

    The validity of the initial Driver CPC is of five years. To renew your Driver Qualification Card you will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years, before the expiry date to continue to drive professionally further. Let us take the pride in stating that GP Training School of Transport is an accredited provider of Periodic Training and we offer discount rates to our existing customers.

    In case you aim to become ambulance technician or paramedic, you have to obtain LGV C1 License and complete blue light training. There you are not required to undergo Driver CPC Training or gain DQC UNLESS YOU TAKE C1 DRIVING AS A VOCATION.

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    Exemptions and concessions

    There are exemptions from the Driver CPC for drivers driving vehicles:

  • Personal vehicles which are not used for commercial carriage purpose.
  • undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or new or rebuilt vehicles not yet put into service
  • used in the training purpose for the person who wants to acquire driving license or Driver CPC.
  • VEHICLE THAT IS CARRYING GOODS OR MATERIALS WHICH IS USED BY THE DRIVER IN COURSE OF HIS WORK keeping in mind that driving the vehicle is not the principal activity or profession of the driver.
  • not exceeding 45km/h of maximum authorized speed.
  • used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defense, the fire service, and forces responsible for maintaining public order, which includes ambulance technicians and paramedics after they have completed their blue light training
  • used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions.
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