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.

Get more information on CPC for PCV in our advice for bus drivers section.

There are four modules in the Driver CPC

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

You can find more information about Driver CPC on GOV.UK or you can watch this DVSA video for an overview of the Driver CPC.

Module 1: Driver CPC theory test

You can also access the LGV and 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 an LGV.

Module 2: Driver CPC case study test

You must pass the case study test before you can take the practical demonstration test. Like the theory test, you’ll take this on-screen.

The case study test lasts 75 minutes and covers seven case studies, with 50 questions altogether. You’ll need to score at least 40 out of 50 to pass the test. Before you start the test, you can have a practice session of up to 15 minutes.

Watch this video guide to the case study test.

Find out more about this section in Driver CPC: the official DVSA guide for professional goods vehicle drivers’. 

Module 3: Driver CPC driving ability test

Module 4: Driver CPC demonstration test

In this test you’ll need to show that you can keep your vehicle safe and secure. You’ll be asked about

  • safe use of your vehicle and checks to make before driving
  • loading your vehicle safely and securely
  • checking for risks from criminal acts and trafficking
  • assessing emergencies and risks.

The test lasts 30 minutes. You’ll need to score at least 80 out of 100 points, with at least 15 out of 20 for each topic area.

Watch this DVSA video about the demonstration test.

The demonstration test costs £55: for full details of test costs, visit GOV.UK.

As a professional goods vehicle driver, you’ll need to complete 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to maintain and enhance the standard of your driving.

You might also be interested in Driver CPC - the official DVSA guide for professional goods vehicle drivers book

Acquired rights

If you’re already a professional driver, you may have‘acquired rights’ to the CPC (GOV.UK) 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 CPC

All professional LGV 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.

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