Certificate of Professional Competence
The Driver Certificate of Professional Company (Driver CPC) is a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. It has been introduced across Europe with the aim of improving road safety and helping to maintain high standards of driving. Legislation came into effect into the United Kingdom on 10th September 2009.
Under a new European Union Directive, professional bus, coach and lorry drivers need to hold a Driver CPC in addition to a vocational driving licence. Any drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes and minibuses with 9 seats or more must usually obtain a Driver CPC.
New drivers obtain their Driver CPC by passing a series of initial qualifications tests - theory and practical. This must then be followed by 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years if they want to keep their Driver CPC after that period.
Existing drivers with acquired rights will receive their DQC when they have completed their first 35 hours of periodic training; their DVQ will be valid until 9th September 2018 for PVC drivers and until 9th September 2019 for LGV drivers. Drivers with licences for both PCV and LGV will be covered by one DQC which will be valid until 9th September 2019.