Driver CPC periodic training

You must do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

You can check how many hours you’ve completed in the current 5-year period.

You have to do the training in the country where you work or are normally resident.

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) training is continual professional development which carries on throughout a professional bus, coach or lorry driver’s career. Once you pass your Driver CPC, you’ll be issued with a Driver Qualification Card (DQC.)

When you will receive a DQC

A DQC will be issued to new drivers automatically on successfully passing the Driver CPC initial qualification or after 35 hours of periodic training. It will be sent to the address on your driving licence, so make sure that your details are up to date with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

Carrying proof of your Driver CPC status

You must always carry your DQC as evidence of your Driver CPC status while driving professionally (or vocational license, if you hold ‘acquired rights’). If you don’t, you will be liable for penalties.

The Driver CPC is enforced in all European Union (EU) member states. If you are driving in another EU country, you must still hold a valid Driver CPC, and carry your DQC, unless you have an exemption.

You can get a £50 fixed penalty for driving professionally without your Driver CPC card.

You must replace your Driver CPC card if it’s lost or stolen.

Getting your Driver CPC card

You’ll get your card when you’ve completed either:

  • your initial qualification 
  • your 35 hours of periodic training if you have a Great Britain photocard license

The photograph and signature on your photocard licence will be used on your Driver CPC card. It will be sent to the address on your driving license. You’ll need to change this address first if it’s wrong.

The Driver CPC card doesn’t have your address on it, so you don’t have to get it updated if your address changes.

Waiting for your card

You can still drive professionally if you’ve completed your periodic training and you’re waiting for your Driver CPC card to arrive

If your card doesn’t arrive

You should get your Driver CPC card within 20 days after completing either your initial qualification or your periodic training. Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you don’t receive it.

DVSA Driver CPC enquiries

cpcre@dsa.gsi.gov.uk

You’ll have to pay £25 if: 

  • you take longer than 3 months to tell DVSA it hasn’t arrived
  • it’s sent to an old address because you haven’t updated your license

If you have a paper license

  • You’ll need to swap your paper license for a photocard license before you can get your Driver CPC card.

If some of your periodic training was completed in another EU member state

You need to write to DVSA to apply for your Driver CPC card if you’ve completed some of your periodic training in another EU member state.

You’ll need to include:

  • your UK driving license number
  • your phone number
  • the address and dates when you lived in that member state
  • the names and addresses of your employers for that time
  • the equivalent of your tax reference or national insurance number in the member states you worked in
  • a £25 fee to add training taken abroad to your Driver CPC card

Driver CPC 
DVSA 
PO Box 280 
Newcastle Upon Tyne 
NE99 1FP 

You must include the original documents – photocopies are not allowed.

Non-English training documents must be sent with a translation on headed paper from an educational establishment or embassy.

When to take Driver CPC periodic training

It’s up to you when you take the training courses, as long as you do them within 5 years.

When the 5-year period starts

Each 5-year period starts from 5 years before your current Driver CPC qualification runs out – not from the date you completed your last 35 hours of training.

Deadline for new professional drivers

You must complete periodic training by 5 years from the date you got the initial qualification.

After the deadline has passed, you can’t drive professionally until you have completed 35 hours of periodic training. You can do more than 35 hours, but you can’t carry the extra hours over for the next block of training. 

Delivering LGV/HGV CPC training.

All LGV/PCV drivers must undertake 35 hours of periodic training by 2019 and then within every 5-year period. The training we are providing has been developed by Pride to the highest quality and is fully up to-date with legislation changes.

The consortium’s objective is to provide high quality periodic training, as required by the EU directive, in a manner which is cost effective, reliable and robust.

All courses are approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) on behalf of the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency.   

The start time will be 8.00 in the morning and finish around 4pm. 

There is a 15-minute registration period followed by 7 hours training.

 There are two breaks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon and a 30-minute lunch break. 

This is strictly audited training so please don’t ask to leave early. Obviously, anyone can leave early for any reason, but unfortunately, if anyone does leave, they won’t receive their certificate for that day and will have to complete a further full day’s training.   

Further information

The CPC training doesn’t have to be completed in one week. You can take a day’s training each year until you receive 35 hours training, as long as you don’t go over the deadline in the final year. 

On completion of each training day you will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

For those of you who don’t like exams, you’ll be pleased to know that this training is attendance only. 

Once you have completed the 35 hours of periodic training you will qualify for a new Driver Qualification Card (DQC) which will be automatically sent out to you.

If you have a current DQC the new one will be sent out to you prior to the new period starting.  

Please be aware that it is now a legal requirement for you to carry your DQC – fines of up to £1000 could be imposed and your insurance could be affected if you are found not to be carrying your card.  

You can check your progress by going to: 

https://www.gov.uk/check-your-driver-cpc-periodic-training-hours. And follow instructions. 

If you passed your LGV License test before 10/09/2009 you have acquired / grandfather rights with regards to the initial CPC qualification. However, if you now want to drive again for hire or reward you need to complete 35 hours of periodic training.