With the Driver CPC (Driver Certificate of Professional Competence) initial qualification being introduced this month for professional lorry, bus or coach drivers we at The LGV Training Company want to help remove any confusion about what this means for potential and existing UK LGV and HGV drivers.
The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence is a qualification coming into action as of September 2013 that is a necessary requirement for all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers (both new and existing drivers).
The aims of the Driver CPC are to improve the skill and knowledge of professional UK drivers in order to increase road safety for all users, promote better staff performance in the LGV industry, recognise skills and work of professional drivers and ensure professional drivers regularly update their knowledge.
If you are the driver of a lorry with a weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes or a minibus, bus or coach with 8 or more passenger seats you will require a Driver CPC.
There is an initial qualification for LGV drivers and periodic training to be completed within a 5 year period every 5 years for new and existing drivers which must be completed for the certificate to remain valid.
Drivers with a full and valid category D, D1, D+E PCV license prior to 10.09.08 or a full and valid category C, C1, C+E or C1+E LGV license prior to 10.09.09 have what is known as ‘acquired rights’ which exempt them from the initial qualification.
All drivers, regardless of initial qualification, are required to complete the periodic 5 year training (35 hours of training to be undertaken in a 5 year period in blocks of no less than 7 hours).
At The LGV Training Company we can help you achieve your Driver CPC with our expert training courses. For more information on how we can help you get in touch today on 0800 0744 007 to speak to a member of our team.