The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is an extra qualification for all professional drivers of large goods vehicles and passenger carrying vehicles. The Driver CPC is a compulsory element only if you intend to drive professionally, for example - if you hire a lorry to move house and get no money from anyone for doing so you would not need a Driver CPC, however if you drove a lorry for someone else who is moving house and they paid you for doing so you would need to have a valid Driver CPC qualification.
Supreme Driver Training is an approved training centre for delivering Driver CPC training, and our experienced LGV driving instructors have a wealth of knowledge ready to pass on to you so that you get the best possible start to new career as a professional driver. To book your training please use our new online booking form or contact us.
The Driver CPC is a compulsory requirement for all professional large goods and passenger carrying vehicles throughout the European Union, this is so that there is a standard level of competence throughout the industry, no matter what country you drive in.
For any newly qualified drivers (or anyone passed their first LGV test after 9th September 2009) the first step is to pass the 'Initial Driver CPC' this consists of 2 tests; the first is a theory based test called a Case Studies Test (or Module 2), the second is a Practical Demonstration Test (or Module 4). Once you pass both of those you will be qualified under Driver CPC rules for 5 years, by then you will need to take 'Periodic Training', which is normally conducted in a classroom and has no test element to it at all. Below we will explain more about Modules 2 & 4, and what you need to do.
For any drivers who pass their LGV driving test after 9th September 2009 you will need to pass the Initial Driver CPC tests before you can legally drive commercially. This test is made up of 2 parts - the first is a theory based test called a Case Studies Test (or Module 2), the second is a Practical Demonstration Test (or Module 4). They are called Mod 2 & 4 because modules 1 & 3 are the LGV theory and practical driving tests, you can take the initial CPC tests before modules 1 & 3 but you must pass module 2 before taking module 4 (in the same way as you must pass the module 1 (theory) before taking module 3 (practical) tests).
This test is made up of 7 case studies which you work through on a computer. The case studies are short stories based on situations that you’re likely to come across in your working life.
You’ll be asked between 6 and 8 multiple-choice questions on each case study.
The test lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the pass mark is 40 out of 50. You’ll get a letter with the results at the test centre so you'll know straight away how you have scored.
You need to pass the Driver CPC module 4 practical demonstration test within 2 years, otherwise you’ll have to pass the module 2 case studies test again.
In this test you’ll need to show that you can keep your vehicle safe and secure. You’ll be asked questions about the following; safe use of your vehicle and checks to make before driving - loading your vehicle safely and securely - checking for risks from criminal acts and trafficking - assessing emergencies and risks.
The test lasts 30 minutes and is made up of 5 topic areas. You’ll need to score at least 80 out of 100 points overall, with at least 15 out of 20 for each topic area.
Our Module 4 training includes the use of our purpose built vehicle and load demonstration trolley/fasteners, as well as the test and DVSA test fee. For more details please contact us or to book your training use our online booking form.