What is Driver CPC ?

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is a new Initial Qualification for drivers
entering the truck and bus driving industries.

All professional coach / bus and lorry drivers must also undertake periodic CPC training every
five years to maintain and continue to hold their DQC (Driver Qualification Card).

What is New Drivers CPC ?

  • Every professional newly qualified driver who passed their car test after 1st January
    1997 will need to take a case study test (known as module 2) and a practical
    demonstration test (known as module 4).

  • Drivers already holding the above entitlement, and all other professional drivers exempt
    from the above modules will have to undertake 35 hours of training during each 5 year
    period in order to maintain the driver CPC.

Each module has to involve 7 hours of trainer contact within a 24 hour period.

Each training course has to be approved and carried out only by approved centres and approved trainers.

The training is an attendance only requirement, therefore there is no test throughout the whole training period.

At the end of each completed 7 hour training module a certificate of attendance will be issued and the DVLA will be notified of
the drivers attendance.

Upon completion of all 5 Modules (35hrs) training the driver will be issued by the DVLA a DQC (Driver Qualification Card) which must by law be carried by the driver whilst working.


  • No Driver CPC held max 1000 fine.
  • Causing or permitting no CPC qualification max 1000 fine.
  • Driver failing to carry DQC card while driving max 1000 fine.
  • Person found guilty of forgery or false statements could face a Prison sentence of  up to 2 years,
    or alternatively a fine or both