Driver CPC Training in northern ireland

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If you’re a professional bus, coach or lorry driver you must have a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence.

EU Directive 2003/59 requires all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers to hold a Driver CPC in addition to their vocational driving licence. The main aim behind Driver CPC is to improve road safety; providing better qualified drivers to help reduce road casualties. Driver CPC also aims to bring an improved professional and positive image to the industries, attracting more people to drive buses, coaches and lorries for a living. It is aimed not only at improving the knowledge and skills of LGV and PCV drivers when they first start work, but also ensuring those skills are maintained and developed throughout the driver's working life.

For new drivers it introduces a new initial qualification which increases the amount of knowledge that drivers need before they can drive. The initial qualification includes a four hour theory test and a two hour driving practical test, when combined with the current licence acquisition tests.

You must get the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) initial qualification if you’re new to professional driving and want to drive a lorry, bus or coach.

You must pass the initial Driver CPC qualification before driving professionally.

All drivers, new and existing, will then have to undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC is current. This is known as Periodic Training. Periodic Training is designed to confirm and expand on the existing knowledge and skills of each driver to ensure that they continue to be safe, courteous and fuel efficient drivers. This will also enable driver to keep up-to-date with ever changing regulations and to benefit from training throughout their whole career.