CPC Training

Move your career up a gear with Connect Drive Solutions training options

Connect Driver Solutions is a recruitment and training business supplying the UK marketplace. The staff in our business have many years of experience with backgrounds in transport management, driving assessors, LGV1 drivers and DCPC trainers, so we know our stuff – and we’ve got all the skills and expertise you need to help you get your business moving.

As well as helping jobseekers find their dream job with respected companies in the driving and transport sector, we offer training options to help bring your workforce in line with industry standards, including Driver CPC training.

What is Driver CPC?

Under a new European Union Directive, professional bus, coach and lorry drivers need to hold a Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) in addition to their vocational driving licence. Drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes and minibuses with nine or more seats must usually obtain a Driver CPC.

New drivers obtain their Driver CPC by passing a series of initial theory and practical qualification tests. This must be followed by 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years in order to keep their Driver CPC after that period.

Bus and coach (PVC) drivers who hold a relevant vocational licence (D, D1, D+E and D1+E) gained before 10 September 2008, (including restricted vocational licence D(101) issued after 1991 and D1(101) issued before 1997) and lorry (LGV) drivers who obtained their licence (C,C1,C+E and C1+E) prior to 10 September 2009, do not need to take the initial qualification, however, they will still have to complete period training to keep their Driver CPC.

New Drivers who have completed the initial qualification will receive a Driver Qualification Card (DQC), alternatively community code 95 can be added on the driving licence, which they can show as proof that they hold a Driver CPC.

Existing drivers with acquired rights will receive their DQC when they have completed their first 35 hours of periodic training. The DQC will be valid until 9 September 2018 for PCV drivers and until 9 September 2019 for LGV drivers. Drivers with licences for both PVC and LGV will be covered by one DQC valid until 9 September 2019.

Periodic training

All drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years on an ongoing basis to keep driving for a living. Drivers can check their Driver CPC periodic training record online to see how many hours they have done.

Periodic training is delivered through courses that are attended over the five-year period for which the Driver CPC is valid. There is no pass or fail element to these tests.

The minimum length of a training course is seven hours, although they can be longer. A course of seven hours is split into two parts but the second part must start within 24 hours of the first ending. Each new five-year period will begin from the expiry date of the driver’s current Driver CPC, not from the date on which they reached the 35 hours minimum training requirement.

DQCs for PCV vehicles issued before 9 September 2013 will be valid until 9 September 2018 and DQCs for LGV vehicles issued before 10 September 2009 will be valid until 9 September 2019. Drivers of both PCV and LGV vehicles only need to do one set of periodic training every 5 years.

What we can offer

Connect Driver Solutions are members of CPC 4U Consortium which allows us to provide JAUPT approved training courses to our clients.

We offer a range of 3.5 hour modules designed to meet your business needs from driver’s hours to loading. Training can be delivered on site or at one of our regional training offices.

The courses we currently have on offer include:

  • Drivers Hours & Tacho Awareness – 3.5 hours
  • Drivers Welfare – 3.5 hours
  • Rules of the road – 3.5 hours
  • Health & Safety for Drivers – 3.5 hours
  • Fuel Efficeint Driving – 3.5 hours
  • Fire awareness – 3.5 hours
  • Loading & unloading – 3.5 hours
  • Use of tachographs – 3.5 hours
  • Delivering the goods – 3.5 hours
  • Walkaround checks & defect reporting – 3.5 hours

Connect Driver Solutions can offer the above 3.5 hour modules and have a catalogue of others than can be delivered as well as 7 hour modules.

 Whatever your line of work, Connect Driver Solutions have the tools to help bring your workforce up to speed with the rest of the industry. So get in touch now – together, we can help your business go the extra mile!

T: 01506 449 944 E: cpctraining@connectdriversolutions.co.uk