As a HGV driver training school, we get asked a lot of questions by prospective drivers about the training, what they need to do, and which licenses are best to get. A lot of this depends on the career path you want to take, and we’re always happy to talk you through it and help you understand what you need. But the one thing we tell every single new driver they need is a Driver CPC qualification. Understandably, we get a lot of questions about this, so today we wanted to answer some of them, and give you an idea of what the Driver CPC is.
The Driver CPC is a qualification you need to hold before you can become a fully-licensed professional HGV driver. It stands for ‘Certificate of Professional Competence’, and shows that you understand the very basics of the profession, and that you are competent to be behind the wheel of an HGV. It also shows that you are adhering to government guidelines, and can actually be employed as a driver legally.
This one’s easy – because you can’t work as a professional HGV driver without one! In 2009 the government passed the Driver CPC legislation, which was designed to ensure that all professional drivers would be subject to the same ongoing requirements for training and retraining. The idea behind this was to make sure that all drivers on the road are ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ so to speak, and everyone has been trained within the same government guidelines. This keeps everyone safe. While there are some drivers who aren’t affected by the legislation (like people who driver for emergency services, the military and those who drive in the course of other duties, like scaffolding), the majority of drivers are, and will need the legislation.
This is the question that’s most difficult to answer, because it depends on a few things. The training school you choose (who will all have their own preferred way of working out rates), the location you’re in (as prices can vary across the country), and the level of training you need (more on that in a moment). At The LGV Driver Training Centre, we offer competitive rates on all of our training options, as well as flexible timelines and varied license levels. We’re confident that we will be able to find a training solution for you that achieves the qualifications you need, within your budget.
Which training you need to do depends on one thing – when you passed your car test.
If you have a question about the Driver CPC that we haven’t answered here, or if you just want to know more about the process, our helpful advisers are always on hand to talk you through it. Just get in touch with us today, and we will gladly help you with your enquiries.