Driver CPC in the UK and Ireland

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.

In light of the current lockdown restrictions, we have recently gained approval to deliver this training remotely via online conferencing platforms such as Zoom & Teams. It is not currently certain whether this option will remain available post restrictions but we will keep you updated. In the meantime, this is the only way in which Driver CPC can be delivered and with no extension on DQC being offered ... we strongly advise you get booked in now for your remote training before your card expires! For more information, call our training team who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

LGV and PCV Drivers

All drivers  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 be required to complete 35 hours of periodic Driver CPC training in order to obtain a Driver qualification card to drive professionally.

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 meaning there is NO TEST ... the only requirement is to attend 5 x 7 hour Modules to comply with the training requirement.

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Tel: 028 7772 2221

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. 

Reasons why this training should start today

Even if you already have your Driver Qualification Card and it is valid for another 5 years, it is in your best interest to keep up to date with this training by completing one 7hour module each year. If you do one module each year, your new card will then automatically be posted out to you before the current one expires! 


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 - 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
  • Toome


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Contact our team for more details on our Courses and Training Locations

Tel: 028 7772 2221