As a new driver, you will need to pass the Driver CPC in order to gain your professional licence, but you will also be expected to complete periodic training in order to keep your Driver CPC qualification.
Before you can drive professionally, you must pass the initial Driver CPC qualification which is divided into four parts:
- Module One – Theory Test (includes both the multiple choice test and the hazard perception test)
- Module Two – Case Studies
- Module Three- Practical Driving Test of driving ability
- Module Four – Driver CPC Practical Test (Vehicle Safety Demonstration)
What tests do I have to take?
If you take your test and you are not going to be driving for a living or are exempt you will only need to pass modules 1 and 3.
If however, you change your mind and wish to drive a lorry, bus or coach for a living you will need to pass modules 2 and 4.
How much will the Driver CPC cost?
Part 1(a) – Theory Test (multiple choice) – £28.00
Part 1(b) – Theory Test (hazard perception) – £12.00
Part 2 – Case Studies Theory Test – £24.00
Part 3 – Vocational licence acquisition Practical Test (of driving ability) £115.00
Part 4 – Driver CPC Practical Test (vehicle safety demonstration) £55.00 weekday (£63.00 evening or weekend)
Can I take the modules in any order?
You must pass module one (theory test) before you can take module three (practical test) and you must pass module two (case studies) before you can take module four (vehicle safety demonstration).
Once you have passed
Your Driver Qualification Card (DQC) will be sent to you after you have passed all four modules. It’s unlawful to drive professionally without having your DQC. It’s essential that the DVLA have your correct details as your card will be posted to the same address as on your driving licence.
To avoid penalties, once you start driving professionally you must ensure that you carry your DQC with you at all times. If your card is lost, stolen or damaged you must contact your employer and the DVSA immediately and apply for a replacement card:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (please make sure that you put DQC Enquiry in the subject field of your email)
Tel: 0300 200 1122
Post: Driver CPC Enquiries, PB Box 280, Newcastle, NE99 1FP
You are still permitted to drive professionally whilst you await the arrival of your replacement card.
Your Driver CPC lasts for five years. In order to retain your Driver CPC you will need to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years if you want to continue driving professionally. Your periodic training must be taken with an approved training centre.
Watch the official DVSA vide on periodic training
Existing professional drivers
If you are an existing professional driver you will have ‘acquired rights’ for five years to a Driver CPC. You don’t need to pass the initial qualification but you must complete 35 hours of periodic training to keep your Driver CPC. This only applies to the following:
- If you are a BUS or COACH DRIVER and got your vocational licence (D, D1, D+E and D1+E) before the 10th September 2008
- If you are a LORRY DRIVER and got your vocational licence (C, C1, C+E and C1+E) before the 10th September 2009
Driver CPC Exemptions
If you are driving a vehicle for non-commercial purposes you do not need a Driver CPC.
You won’t need Driver CPC if the vehicle you drive is:
- being road tested after maintenance, technical development or repair
- new or rebuilt and hasn’t yet been put into service
- limited to a maximum speed of no more than 28mph (45 kilometres per hour)
You will not need a Driver CPC if the vehicle you drive is:
- used for non-commercial carriage of goods or passengers for personal use
- used to carry equipment or materials that you use for your job – driving the vehicle can’t be the main part of your job
- used for driving lessons for anyone who wants to get a Driver CPC or driving licence
- used by, or is under the control of, the fire services, civil defence, the armed forces, and forces responsible for maintaining public order
- used in rescue missions or for states of emergency