What is Driver CPC?

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. It was introduced across Europe with the aim of improving road safety. You must have the full Driver CPC if you drive a lorry, bus or coach as the main part of your job. Every 5 years drivers must take 35 hours of Driver CPC training to keep driving professionally. Training must be undertaken in the country of normal work/occupancy. Driver CPC aims to improve road safety by helping drivers of buses, coaches and lorries obtain, maintain and develop their professional skills and knowledge,

Warning! You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without Driver CPC.

Course Duration

Minimum of 7 Hours, these are normally made up of 2 x 3.5 hour modules.

Course Dates

We always have various dates to choose from, however if you have over 6 candidates you can choose a date to suit your requirements.

Examination Date

No Examinations are required - the courses are attendance only.


You can choose from the following: Stowmarket training centre, Colchester training centre or your own venue (as long as it meets requirements)

Course Content

We are members of the JAUPT-approved Driver CPC Consortium.

The Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is a European Union wide Training Directive which was introduced “to maintain high driving standards and improve road safety”.

For bus and coach drivers, the Driver CPC started on 10th September 2008, for lorry drivers the Driver CPC starts on 10th September 2009. GOV.UK have released a new guide with updated information about becoming a lorry or bus driver. Click here to view this updated guide.

New drivers from the above dates will need to pass the Driver CPC in addition to the theory and practical tests if they wish to drive professionally.

Holders of a PCV or LGV licence prior to the start dates will be able to continue driving professionally on the basis of acquired rights. They will then have to undertake 35 hours of periodic training, which must be completed within a 5 year period from the start date in order to renew their Driver CPC.

You’ll get your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) card when you’ve done 35 hours of periodic training. The card is sometimes called a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘DQC’.

You must carry this card while driving a lorry, bus or coach professionally.

This Driver CPC Periodic Training programme will be available at our new centre in Colchester as well as our main Centre in Stowmarket.

We have over 20 CPC modules to choose from!

Included in the Driver CPC Periodic Training programme are courses such as ADR, Emergency First Aid at Work for Driver.

All these courses include aspects of the Periodic Training programme when attended as laid down by the JAUPT Approval.


For full course, details and dates give us a call on 01449 722cpc-card400 or find out more here.