Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC): what it is

You must have a Driver CPC before you can drive a passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) for a living.

The Driver CPC test has 4 parts

Driver CPC parts and cost
1 Theory test £26
1 Hazard perception test £11
2 Case studies £23
3a Off-road exercises up to £40
3b On-road driving test £115 weekdays (£141 other)
4 Practical demonstration test £55 weekdays (£63 other)

Part 1 Driver CPC theory test

Resources - Driver CPC theory test

Part 2 Driver CPC case studies

  • 7 case studies (short stories based on situations)
  • 50 questions (6-8 multiple choice questions on each case study)
  • You have 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Questions may be single response, multiple response, audio or click on a hot-spot
  • Score at least 40 out of 50 to pass


You do not need to pass the Driver CPC part 1 theory test before you book part 2.

If you're re-qualifying contact DVSA to book parts 2 and 4.

Part 3 Driver CPC off-road exercises and on-road driving test

Part 3a: off-road exercises

  • Lasts up to 30 minutes
  • Includes an ‘S’ shaped reverse into a bay

Part 3b: on-road driving test

  • Vehicle safety questions (see GOV.UK 'show me, tell me' links below)
  • At least 1 hour of on-road driving

Part 4 Driver CPC practical demonstration test

The test covers 5 topics from the Driver CPC syllabus

  • Score at least 15 out of 20 for each topic
  • Achieve an overall score of at least 80 out of 100.

Your test may include being able to

  • ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use
  • security of the vehicle and contents
  • ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants
  • ability to assess emergency situations
  • ability to prevent physical risk

When you've passed all 4 parts

You’ll receive a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) Card, which you must carry with you whenever you're driving an HGV.

Acquired rights

If you’re already a professional driver, you may have ‘acquired rights’ to Driver CPC if you got your vocational licence (D, D1, D+E and D1+E) before 10 September 2009.

Having acquired rights does not exempt you from periodic training.

Renewing your Driver CPC for bus and coach

All professional bus and coach drivers must complete at least 35 hours of Driver CPC training every 5 years.

The training covers various aspects of professional driving and is delivered by independent training bodies.

What’s covered in your training is up to you and your employer, but it might include:

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

One day’s training every year is ideal. It allows you to respond to each year’s priorities for your own continuing professional development and your employer’s changing business needs.

It can severely impact business planning and keep you off the road if too much of your training is left to the end of your card’s validity period. You also might not be able to find a trainer if demand is high.

It is illegal to drive professionally if you fail to complete your 35 hours periodic training by the deadline.

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