Driver CPC periodic training
When to take your Driver CPC periodic training.
The aim of Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) periodic training is to provide continuing professional development for bus, coach and lorry drivers. This should last throughout your career, regardless of how often you drive.
Periodic training is delivered through courses that you attend over the five-year period for which your current Driver CPC is valid. There is no pass or fail element, and there is no requirement for tests or examinations.
You should allow enough time to complete your training within the five-year period - there was a mad rush in 2014, and not enough courses available,make sure you keep up to date there is no advantage in delaying your periodic training. The sooner you do it, the sooner your knowledge and skills will be refreshed and updated, benefiting both you, and your employer by improving your standards of driving and professionalism.
Each new five-year period will begin from the expiry date of your current Driver CPC qualification, and not from the date on which you reached the 35 hours minimum training requirement.
If you hold a vocational licence for buses and coaches as well as lorries, you only need to do one set of periodic training.
How do I prove I hold a Driver CPC?
You will be able to prove you hold Driver CPC by a Driver Qualification Card (DQC). The card will be issued to new drivers automatically on successfully passing the initial qualification. Drivers with acquired rights (holding a GB photo card licence) will be automatically issued with the card on completion of the 35th hour of periodic training. Until this time (or until the deadline to complete the periodic training passes), your driving licence will be accepted as proof of your Driver CPC status.
You can view an example of a DQC.
Remember your card will be sent to the address on your driving licence it is important that you keep your details up to date with DVLA.