Do you still have enough time to complete your 35 hours of training for the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)? The September 9th deadline is fast approaching, and with it, the worry that many drivers will not have completed this mandatory training needed to keep their license.
To meet legal requirements, all professional drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years.
Once the September deadline comes around, those drivers who have failed to complete the required training and cannot produce a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) will face a £1000 fine and risk losing their livelihood. For new drivers, the Driver CPC stands as an initial qualification increasing the level of knowledge needed before they can drive.
The training consists of four separate parts, comprising of:
- Part 1 – a theory test, which includes two separate tests (multiple-choice and hazard perception).
- Part 2 – a Driver CPC case studies test (computer-based exercise with seven studies based on real-life situations – e.g. driving in icy conditions).
- Part 3 – a driving ability test.
- Part 4 – a Driver CPC practical demonstration test that will take 30 minutes. You will need to show that you can keep your vehicle safe and secure e.g. loading your vehicle safely.
This training was brought in by the EU with the view of ensuring professional drivers continue to be ‘safe, courteous and fuel-efficient’ but has served to be a necessary evil to those who have spotless driving records and who have been on the road for decades. Many drivers who decide to retire would like to continue on, as and when their old company needs them for holidays or sickness cover. However, the need to pay for training every five years will put many off doing just this—permanently ending their driving careers.
With professional drivers having to fit in a week’s worth of training into their busy lives, and many having to fund the training themselves, it is no wonder that so many drivers are yet to complete their certificate. Many of the JAUPT (Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training) accredited courses are filling up fast, so the emphasis is definitely on speediness when getting your remaining hours booked in.
You can check how much training you have completed by visiting the gov.uk site.