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The Driver CPC in a Nutshell

Darren from HTS Ltd. Training Centre explains what you need to know about Driver CPC legislation.

CPC training is a requirement of the EU directive 2003, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV drivers throughout their working life. Legislation states that:

  • All professional lorry drivers must hold a driver CPC DQC if they want to drive for a living.
  • The legislation also requires that drivers undertake 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years.

How will this affect existing drivers?

Existing drivers have “acquired rights” as they already hold a vocational driving licence on the relevant start dates. Lorry drivers hold acquired rights up until 9th September 2014. To keep your driver CPC and continue driving professionally beyond this date, you will need to undertake regular periodic training.

What is periodic training?

Periodic Training is continuing professional development for lorry drivers. Driver CPC requires all drivers to complete a minimum of 35 hours periodic training during every 5 year cycle for as long as they wish to continue driving professionally. The minimum length of a training course is 7 hours.

Periodic training is designed to complement the individual’s work, but broadly covers:

  • Safe and fuel efficient driving
  • Legal requirements
  • Health and Safety, Service and Logistics


There is no requirement for a course to include a test or a pass/fail.

How do drivers prove they hold a driver CPC?

Drivers will be able to prove they hold a Driver CPC by a Driver Qualification Card (DQC). The card will be issued to new drivers automatically on successfully passing the initial qualification. Existing drivers who hold a GB photo card licence will automatically be issued with the card on completion of the 35th hour of periodic training.

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If you are interested in learning more about the training courses HTS Ltd offers, phone Darren on 07585 448 668.