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Driver CPC

Driver CPC


What is Driver CPC Training? 

Driver CPC is a certificate of professional competence which has been introduced to improve road safety and maintain high driving standards
across Europe.
European Legislation states, “All professional heavy goods vehicle, bus and coach drivers must hold their Driver CPC before they can drive for a living”.

Simply put, without Driver CPC you cannot work or drive professionally.


Who Needs Driver CPC Training?

New drivers who require a PCV / LGV vocational entitlement will have to obtain the initial Qualification in addition to their licence to drive professionally.


If you passed your car test prior to January 1997 you will be classed as an Existing driver.  This is known as “acquired rights” (LGV Only).

All professional drivers (new or existing) must complete 35 hours of Periodic Training by September 2013 (PCV) and September 2014 (LGV) to keep their Driver CPC valid.

What Do We Offer Drivers?

Our Driver CPC instructors are able to offer a no-hassle structured service which will ensure that you, or your company’s drivers, get CPC training in the most convenient manner possible.
  • Driver CPC Training from a Nationally Accredited Training Centre.
  • We deliver CPC training in 7 hour modules.
  • We can tailor training to your company’s specific working environment.
  • We can train at your premises or at our dedicated training centre.
  • Weekend courses available.
  • Courses are run on a regular basis.


Driver CPC Training Modules

  • ADR                                                                21 hours
  • Tanker Module                                                   7 hours
  • Driver Hours and Tachographs                             7 hours
  • Safe and Economic Driving                                 7 hours
  • Health & Safety                                                 7 hours
  • Lorry Loader (per day)                                        7 hours
  • LGV Driving (per day)                                         7 hours
  • Emergency First Aid                                          7 hours

Price Guide

Classroom Based Modules

Driver CPC Driver Hours / Tachographs      7 Hours      £70.25  

Driver CPC Emergency First Aid:               7 Hours      £128.25
Driver CPC 5 Day Course:                          5 Days      £351.25

Practical On Road Modules

LGV Driving:                                         8 hours      £312.00

Discounts apply to 10 or more candidates

Please Note:
Candidates Attending a DCPC Course MUST: 
  • Hold a full vocational licence (LGV C1, C, C+E, or PCV D entitlement)
  • Bring your Driving Licence (Paper & Photo ID card)
  • Passed a Module4 test (Only Applicable) if you passed your car test after the 1st January 1997
  • Old style licences may still be used providing you can also produce a valid Passport

Failure to provide Ritchie’s Training Centre with any of the above information on the day of your course will result in the DCPC hours being invalid and they will not count or be uploaded into the DSA DCPC database.



There are a number of Driver CPC exemptions associated with the Directive. These are listed below:
  • Vehicles with a maximum speed not exceeding 45 Kph
  • Vehicles used by or under control of the armed forces, civil defence the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order
  • Vehicles undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or of new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service
  • Vehicles used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions
  • Vehicles used in the course of driving lessons for any person wishing to obtain a driving licence or Driver CPC
  • Vehicles used for non-commercial carriage of passenger or goods – for personal use
  • Vehicles used for carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, providing that driving the vehicle is not the drivers’ principle activity
Ultimately, it is up to the driver and their employer to decide if they are covered by these exemptions, and if necessary, justify it to the competent authority.  Therefore the JAUPT would strongly advise that if a driver believes they are exempt from the Driver CPC that they should seek independent legal advice.