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The Driver CPC needs to be held by LGV drivers who drive professionally within the UK. The requirement was introduced via the EU Directive 2003/59 and is designed to further the skills and knowledge of LGV throughout their working life.

CPC is an acronym for the Certificate of Professional Competence, which must be obtained every five years by anyone operating a vehicle that weighs 3.5 tonne or more for commercial use.

Driver CPC Training Provider in Scotland

How Much Training is Needed?

The course can either be completed in one week, accumulating 35 hours, or delivered in 5 sessions which must total a minimum of 7 hours each. As advised, this will need to be completed every five years, and will apply to those who drive coach, lorry or bus.

What Happens If I Don’t Have A CPC?

As it’s a legal requirement under the EU Directive, it stands to reason that there will be ramifications for those who don’t possess a CPC. This will often be in the form of a fine, which could be as much as £1000.

What Is a Driver CPC Card?

Once you have completed 35 hours of training, you will receive your CPC card soon after. This is also known as the driver qualification card or DQC.

Those in charge of a lorry, coach or bus need to ensure that the card is on their person at all times. If you drive professionally without the CPC card, then you could receive a fixed penalty of £50.00.

What Is Required for the Training?

To ensure that you’re able to qualify for the CPC, you need to ensure the following steps are taken.

  • Apply for a provisional bus or lorry licence (if you don’t already have one.)
  • Provide the driving licence to the CPC trainer.
  • CPC card will follow soon after in the post.
  • Ensure you re-take the training every five years.

If you’re unsure of any aspect of your CPC training, then it’s advisable to speak to your training company as soon as possible to ensure the correct process is used.

Are There Exemptions?

There will be times when a CPC isn’t required, which include the following:

  • If the vehicle is used for non-commercial carriage of goods or passengers.
  • Vehicles used by armed forces, civil defence and forces used to keep public order.
  • Has a maximised authorised speed of no more than 45 km/h.
  • If the vehicle is carrying material or equipment that is used by the driver for their work. The vehicle must not be the driver’s main activity.

The above exemptions are only to show an example, and drivers need to know that the circumstances will play a part as to whether the exemption is given.

Although there are some things to consider, applying for the CPC qualification is relatively straightforward, and even if there are any queries, Blacks Training Solutions is only too happy to help.

If you’re currently searching for a seasoned professional in CPC training for your qualification, then why not get in touch with Black’s Training Solutions to discuss your requirements in more detail.

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