The initial Driver CPC qualification is split into four parts.These include the theory and practical tests drivers will need to pass before they can gain their full vocational driving licence.The other two parts are optional, and only need to be taken if the driver wants to get the full Driver CPC that will allow them to drive buses, coaches or lorries professionally.Any drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes and minibuses with 9 seats or more must usually obtain a Driver CPC. New drivers obtain their Driver CPC by passing a series of initial qualification tests - theory and practical.This must then be followed by 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years if they want to keep their Driver CPC after that period.Existing drivers with acquired rights will receive their DQC when they have completed their first 35 hours of periodic training; their DQC will be valid until 9 September 2018 for PCV drivers and until 9 September 2019 for LGV drivers.Drivers with licences for both PCV and LGV will be covered by one DQC which will be valid until 9 September 2019.Legislation came into effect into the United Kingdom on 10 September 2009.
However, they will still have to complete periodic training to keep their Driver CPC.New drivers who have qualified via the initial qualification route 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 Driver CPC.Bus and coach (PCV) 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) before 10 September 2009, do not need to take the initial qualification.This is because they are deemed to hold 'acquired rights'.
The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers.
It has been introduced across Europe with the professed aim of improving road safety and helping to maintain high standards of driving.