The Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is a European Union wide Training Directive which is being introduced “to maintain high driving standards and improve road safety”.
For bus and coach drivers, the Driver CPC started on 10th September 2008, for lorry drivers the Driver CPC starts on 10th September 2009. Existing PCV drivers will need to complete their Periodic Training by 10 September 2013 and LGV drivers by 10 September 2014. After this a further 35 hours of training will need to be completed in every subsequent 5-year period in order to retain the Driver CPC.
New drivers from the above dates will need to pass the Driver CPC in addition to the theory and practical tests if they wish to drive professionally.