You must have a Driver CPC before you can drive a large or medium-sized goods vehicle for a living.
The Driver CPC test has 4 parts
|1||Hazard perception test||£11|
|3a||Off-road exercises||up to £40|
|3b||On-road driving test||£115 weekdays (£141 other)|
|4||Practical demonstration||£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
Resources - Case studies
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
- Show uncoupling and recoupling procedure (if taking a test with a trailer)
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
Resources - CPC driving ability
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.
You’re tested on being able to:
- load the vehicle following safety rules and to keep it secure
- stop trafficking in illegal immigrants
- assess emergency situations
- reduce physical risks to yourself or others
- carry out walkaround vehicle safety checks
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.
If you’re already a professional driver, you may have ‘acquired rights’ to Driver CPC (see GOV.UK link below) if you got your vocational licence (C, C1, C+E and C1+E) before 10 September 2009.
Having acquired rights does not exempt you from periodic training.
Renewing your Driver CPC card
All professional HGV 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 of Driver CPC training by the deadline.
Top GOV.UK links
- Show me, tell me - vehicle safety questions without a trailer
- Show me, tell me - vehicle safety questions with a trailer