Driver CPC

Sandy Arthur Training Services is fully approved by JAUPT and the RSA to carry out the new driver CPC training at locations across the UK and Ireland.

Driver CPC is short for “Driver Certificate of Professional Competence”. The EU passed the Driver CPC EU Directive in 2003. This affects all professional LGV and PCV drivers. For new drivers it introduces a new initial qualification, the Driver CPC, which increases the level of knowledge that drivers need before they can drive.

All drivers, new and existing, now have to undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC remains valid. This is known as Periodic Training.

If you are a current LGV and PCV licence holder you will require to complete 35 hours of periodic Driver CPC training in order to obtain a Driver qualification card to drive professionally from 2013 (For PCV Licence holders) and 2014 (For LGV Licence holders). On completion of 35 hours CPC training the DVLA will issue a Drivers Qualification card to demonstrate that the licence holder has completed all Modules of Driver CPC training.

This is an attendance based course only in various locations throughout Northern Ireland, Ireland and the United Kingdom. There is NO TEST and the only requirement is to attend 5 x 7 hour Modules to comply with the training requirement.


New DRIVER CPC dates 

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Why do drivers need this?

Periodic Training is designed to remind and revise existing knowledge and skills of each driver to ensure that they continue to be safe, courteous and fuel-efficient drivers.

This will also enable drivers to keep up-to-date with ever changing regulations and to benefit from training throughout their whole career.


When did driver CPC come into effect?

For bus and coach drivers 10 September 2008

For lorry; and Van drivers (over 3.5 tons) 10 September 2009


Will drivers be able to drive professionally without their driver CPC qualification?

The simple answer is “No”, unless drivers are covered by one of the exemptions. For list of exemptions contact our office on 02877 722221


Reasons why this training should start today

Periodic Training costs may increase as the deadline approaches to complete this training. This is 2013 for Coach Drivers and 2014 for Lorry Drivers. If left until the last possible moment, this would result in a Driver being unavailable for work until all 5 Modules are complete. (Potentially this means taking a full week off work to attend training). Immediate fines if continue to drive after the implementation date without the Driver Qualification card.



Unless a driver has 'acquired rights', they will be issued with a DQC once they pass the Driver CPC initial qualification tests.

Drivers with acquired rights can use their existing driving licence as proof of their Driver CPC until the deadline by which they are required to complete the periodic training.

Drivers must always carry evidence of their Driver CPC status while driving professionally. If they are found driving while not in possession of a DQC - or a valid driving licence if they have acquired rights - they will be liable for penalties.

The Driver CPC is enforced in all European Union (EU) member states. If the driver is driving in another EU country, they must still hold a valid Driver CPC, unless they have an exemption.


Some of our course locations:

  • Limavady
  • Londonderry
  • Belfast
  • Ballymena
  • Omagh
  • Lisburn
  • Portadown
  • Cookstown
  • Dungannon
  • Dublin
  • Dundalk
  • Sligo
  • Galway
  • Donegal
  • Cork
  • Letterkenny
  • London
  • Southampton
  • Glasgow
  • Edinburgh
  • Northampton
  • Grantham
  • York
  • Derby
  • Newark
  • Mansfield
  • Norfolk
  • Heysham
  • Birmingham
  • Cardiff
  • Swansea
  • Nottingham


For more details on our courses and locations please call our office on 028 77722221