You must have a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) before you can drive a PCV for a living.
There are 4 modules in the Driver CPC
- Theory test: this is the same as the theory test for your bus licence.
- Driver CPC case study test.
- Driving ability test: this is the same as the practical test for your bus licence.
- 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.
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 professional bus and coach drivers must renew their Driver Qualification Card (DQC, also known as a Driver CPC card) by completing at least 35 hours of approved periodic training every 5 years.
Periodic training covers various aspects of professional driving and is delivered by independent training bodies. Exactly what’s covered in your training is up to you and your employer and 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.
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 past the deadline if you fail to complete your 35 hours periodic training.