Driver CPC: what it is
You must have a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) before you can drive a large- or medium-sized goods vehicle for a living.
The Driver CPC test has 4 modules
|3a||Off-road exercises||up to £40|
|3b||On-road driving||£115 weekdays (£141 other)|
|4||Practical demonstration||£55 weekdays (£63 other)|
Module 1 CPC theory test
Resources - CPC theory
Advice: Theory test preparation for heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers
Module 2 CPC case studies
- 7 case studies (short stories based on situations)
- 50 questions (6-8 multiple choice questions on each)
- 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
Buy: Driver CPC The Official DVSA Guide for Professional Goods Vehicle Drivers
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.
Module 3 CPC driving ability
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
- Vehicle safety questions (see GOV.UK 'show me, tell me' links below)
- 1 hour of driving including 10 minutes of independent driving
Resources - CPC driving ability
Buy: The Official DVSA Guide to Driving Goods Vehicles
Module 4 CPC demonstration test
The test covers 5 topics from the CPC syllabus
- Score at least 15 out of 20 for each topic
- Score at least 80 out of 100 to pass
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
- do a walkaround vehicle safety check
When you've passed all 4 modules
You’ll receive a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) 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 the 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 DQC
All professional HGV drivers must complete 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.
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.
GOV.UK top links
Find training to become an HGV driver
Driver CPC Part 2 Case Studies
Driver CPC Part 3a Off-road exercises
Driver CPC Part 3b On-road driving
- Show me, tell me - vehicle safety questions without a trailer
- Show me, tell me - vehicle safety questions with a trailer
Driver CPC Part 4 Practical Demonstration
'Acquired rights' to Driver CPC explained
The national standard for driving lorries
Other useful links
Industry Guide to Driver CPC (PDF 1.7MB)