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10 things you need to know about CPC

10 things you need to know about CPC

30 September 2014 Email this article

Short for 'Driver Certificate of Professional Competence', CPC is an initiative that promotes safety among drivers by making regular training a mandatory requirement.  Here are 10 key things you need to know about CPC, and what it means for you and your business…

1.     All professional drivers in charge of vehicles weighting 3.5 tonnes or more must be able to prove they have Driver CPC

2.     To meet the requirements of CPC, both new and existing drivers must do 35 hours of periodic training every five years.

3.     The deadline (9 September) for attaining your Driver CPC has now passed. This means any drivers who have missed this deadline cannot drive professionally until they have completed their CPC training.

4.     All is not lost, however. Although the deadline has passed, any training you’ve already done stays valid for 5 years from the date you took the course - it isn’t lost because of the deadline.

5.     The Driver CPC syllabus covers everything from how to load vehicles safely and securely, to how to make sure passengers are comfortable and safe and even how to prevent trafficking in illegal immigrants.

6.     When you pass the Driver CPC initial qualification or complete 35 hours of periodic training, you get a Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

7.     You must carry your DQC whenever you are driving professionally. There’s a £50 fixed penalty for failing to do so.

8.     Driving without a DQC, or failing to produce it, carries a maximum fine of £1,000 for both the driver, and the operator licence holder. Both the driver, and operator could also lose their licences.

9.     You don’t need driver CPC if the vehicle you drive is being road tested after repair, maintenance or technical development; new or rebuilt and not been put into service yet or limited to a top speed of 28mph.

10.  By training with Facelift, you complete either the CPC Core Module or one of our professional CPC courses which allows you to combine CPC training with either IPAF, PASMA, Ladder or First Aid Training certificate.