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Driver CPC Training

All professional drivers of lorries over 3.5 Tonnes or passenger carrying vehicles with 9 or
more seats are required to complete Driver CPC Training.

The Driver CPC was introduced in 2008 for PCV drivers and 2009 for lorries, to support drivers to
retain the skills and knowledge required, to increase road safety and compliance in the
transport industry.

Drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years. Ideally this should be 7
hours every year. Periodic training is delivered through 7-hour training courses which are approved by DVSA Training …..

Which CPC Course do I need?

There are two types of Driver CPC Training

Initial Driver CPC Training is:

  • For drivers who did not currently hold a lorry entitlement on their license on 9th Sep
    2009 and are new to driving a vehicle above 3.5 Tonnes.


  • For drivers who did not hold a bus entitlement on their license on 9th Sep 2008 and
    are now training to drive a bus.

To acquire Initial CPC, you must take Mod 2 online test and Mod 4 practical case studies test.

Periodic Driver CPC is:

  • Anyone who has previously taken the initial CPC and now requires the 35 hours periodic CPC as their 5 years have elapsed.


  • Anyone who has acquired rights (i.e. held a 7.5 Tonne, Class 1 or Class 2 license before 9th Sep 2009 or a PCV license between 9th Sep 2009)

If you passed your car test before January 1997, this generally entitled you to drive 7.5 Tonne vehicles (Cat C1). Candidates with a C1 entitlement pre 9th September 2009 can attend periodic training on acquired rights, even though they may not have passed a vocational driving test.

Consequences of not having a Driver CPC

If a driver is caught driving commercially without their Driver Qualification Card there are the following consequences:

  • Both driver and operator face fines of up to £1000
  • The driver will be suspended from driving commercially until training is completed
  • A possible reduction in driving workforce which can adversely affect operations
  • Damaged reputation with customers
  • If convicted your OCRS licence rating will drop to red
  • Insurance premiums will increase

Why choose PFS Training?

We are a family run business who ensure that every client is supported through their training journey and ensure they receive the correct training for their personal needs. We aim to make everyone feel calm and comfortable throughout their training and will only charge for the services require rather than a one size fits all. With regard to our Periodic CPC courses:

  • We provide a range of professionally written, DVSA approved training modules
  • Modules are engaging and relevant to the industry
  • Our trainers all have over 20 years training experience in the driver training industry
  • We support you through the entire process from initial booking to course evaluation
  • We run course on weekdays and weekends, evenings
  • We can provide as full CPC management package for companies

Our Courses

Please select from the below training courses covered under the Driver CPC for more information and to book on:

PFS Training is the trading name of Premier Fleet Solutions Limited, which is a company registered in England & Wales.
Company Number: 5545965 · Vat Number: 392590664