We have tried to keep this summary of the Drivers CPC as brief as possible. If you
still have any further questions please feel free to contact us.
When does the driver CPC come into force for lorry drivers?
The new CPC for lorry drivers was implemented from 10th September 2009.
What is Driver CPC?
Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) has been introduced across the
European Union to maintain high driving standards and improve road safety. All professional
bus, coach and lorry drivers must hold a Driver CPC if they want to drive for a living
(there are a few exempt groups).
How will it affect me?
As a new driver from the above dates, you will need to pass the Driver CPC theory
and practical tests in addition to the licence acquisition theory and practical tests
if you intend to drive professionally. Once you have passed these tests you will
also need to undergo ongoing periodic training to keep your Driver CPC qualification.
What if I already hold an LGV licence?
If you already hold a licence (i.e. category C1 or C) and are upgrading to either
C or C+E, you need not do the new Module 2 and 4 tests. However once passing your
practical test you will need to complete the 35 hours of periodic training over the
next 5 year period.
FOR NEW DRIVERS – YOU WILL NEED TO OBTAIN THE INITIAL QUALIFICATION WHICH IS NOW
BROKEN DOWN INTO MODULES:
Module 2 - Driver CPC Case Studies. In addition to passing module 1, to obtain your
Driver CPC, you will also need to pass module 2.
• This module is a computer based test and uses case studies, each one based on
real-life scenarios you may encounter in your working life.
• It aims to test your knowledge and how you put it into practice. Questions will
be based around the case study and you will be asked to answer in a number of different
ways, such as multiple choice answers, clicking an area on a photograph / image,
or by typing a short answer.
• Each test will be made up of 7 case studies, each one with 6 – 8 questions, with
a possible maximum score of 50 (of which the pass mark will be 38)
• The test will take 1 ½ hours to complete and can be taken at the same test centre
as module 1.
Module 4 - Practical Demonstration Test. In addition to passing other modules, to
obtain your Driver CPC you will also need to pass module 4, a new practical test
focusing on vehicle safety. This test is of ½ hour duration, and you will be required
to demonstrate your knowledge and ability in the areas listed below:
• Demonstrate how to load a vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper
• Show that you know how to secure the vehicle and contents
• Demonstrate an ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants
• Demonstrate an ability to assess emergency situations
• Demonstrate an ability to prevent physical risk (including walk-round checks)
The test consists of 5 topic areas which will cover the Driver CPC syllabus, and
in order to pass, the candidate has to pass with an overall score of 80%, as well
as achieving 75% in each of the topic areas (this is a score of 15 out of a possible
For module 4, the practical test, you must provide a suitable vehicle, which would
usually be the vehicle used for module 3.
Can I take the tests in any order?
• You must pass module 1 before you take module 3. In other words, the theory test
must be taken before the practical ‘on-road’ test.
• You must pass module 2 before you take module 4.
• You can take modules 1 and 2, or modules 3 and 4 in any order.
• If you do not intend to drive an LGV commercially or for hire or reward, you do
not need to take modules 2 or 4.
Is that it?
No, a Driver CPC lasts for 5 years. To retain your Driver CPC, you will need to complete
35 hours of Periodic Training every 5 years to continue to drive professionally.
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