Driver CPC: what it is

You must have a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) before you can drive a PCV for a living.

Get more information on CPC for LGV in our advice for lorry drivers section.

There are 4 modules in the Driver CPC

  1. Theory test: this is the same as the theory test for your bus licence.
  2. Driver CPC case study test.
  3. Driving ability test: this is the same as the practical test for your bus licence.
  4. Driver CPC demonstration test.

You can find more information about Driver CPC on GOV.UK.

You can also access the PCV industry guide to driver CPC: Industry guide to driver CPC (PDF 1.7MB)

When you’ve passed all four modules, you’ll be given a Driver Qualification Card (DQC), which you must carry with you whenever you’re driving.

Driver CPC for bus: part 1 theory test

Driver CPC for bus: part 2 case study test

The case study test costs £30: for full details of test costs, visit GOV.UK.

Driver CPC for bus: part 3 driving ability test

Driver CPC for bus: part 4 demonstration test

Starting a CPC training centre

Drivers must do their CPC training with an approved training provider. Find out how to apply to start an approved training centre at GOV.UK.

Acquired rights

New drivers must pass extra theory and practical tests as part of the process of getting their PCV licence. If you’re already a professional driver, you may have ‘acquired rights’ to the CPC if you got your vocational licence (D, D1, D+E and D1+E) before 10 September 2009.

Renewing your CPC

All bus and coach drivers who drive professionally must renew their Driver CPC status by completing 35 hours of training every 5 years.

The training covers various aspects of professional driving. Exactly what’s covered in your training will depend on the type of work you do, but it might include

  • fuel-efficient driving
  • defensive driving techniques
  • first aid
  • health and safety
  • drivers’ hours regulations
  • using tachographs.

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