CPC TRAINING

The CPC certification is now a standard part of professional driving when driving involves operating a lorry, bus, or coach. 

 

  • CPC is a set of standards applied to initial driver training and career-long continuing education

  • It is a set of standards established by the European Union to ensure all professional drivers are both competent and proficient

  • CPC certification is now a legal requirement for almost all professional drivers holding Category C or Category D licences

  • Under government recommendations all professional lorry, bus and coach drivers should assume they must have the CPC certification in order to drive legally

  • Any individual or entity who believes the possibility of an exemption exists should seek legal advise

WHAT IS CPC?
DO I NEED CPC TO WORK?

If you drive any of the following as a means of your principal source of income, you must be CPC certified:

  • Articulated lorries

  • Tipper trucks

  • Bin lorries

  • Heavy construction equipment

  • Buses – both regional and local

  • Coaches – both regional and continental

Furthermore, all operators (i.e. haulage and transport businesses) of HGV and PCV vehicles must also be CPC certified. Their training is slightly different due to their status as operators rather than drivers. However, the differences are minimal for practical purposes.

 

There are CPC certification exceptions built into the law. These are divided into two basic categories: exceptions for professionals and exceptions for non-professionals.

You may be a professional driver operating a qualifying vehicle under the control of the armed forces, a police agency, a fire service, a civil defence organisation, or another entity tasked with maintaining public order. Such uses of commercial vehicles do not always require CPC certification. Such exceptions are not necessarily uniform, so it is always wise to get legal counsel before claiming one.

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