The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) was introduced on the 10 September 2009 and is intended to ensure that vocational drivers meet the increasing demands placed on them - in particular, by improving road safety and promoting the efficient operation of commercial vehicles. It also aims to make the occupation more attractive and accessible to younger people.
Existing holders of the national/international (transport manager) CPC still need to gain a Driver CPC if they wish to drive vehicles over 3.5 tonnes for hire or reward.
The Driver CPC is split into two sections:
1. Initial qualification – this section is for new drivers who pass their C1 or Category C test on or after the 10 September 2009
2. Periodic training – this section is for drivers who held a minimum of C1 licence before the 10 September 2009. Drivers who fall into this category must have completed 35 hours of periodic training by the 9 September 2014 (2013 for PCV drivers) in order to continue driving professionally. On completion of their 35 hours of training they should have been issued with a Driver Qualification Card (DQC), which is proof they hold a Driver CPC. It is a requirement that a further 35 hours training is completed every five years thereafter. ADR training can count towards the periodic training requirement.