DCPC was introduced into the UK in September 2009 for professional HGV drivers and in September 2008 for bus and coach drivers. It is a qualification designed to confirm and expand the knowledge and skills of the driver throughout their working life. The DCPC is divided into what is called “periodic training”. This is 35 hours of training over a 5-year period. Every professional driver will need to complete this training in order to retain the DCPC and be legally allowed to drive professionally.
- Health and Safety
- First aid
- Drivers hours – as part of the modular course
- Tachographs – as part of the modular course
- Safe loading and unloading – as part of the modular course
- Vehicle checks – as part of the modular course
- Customer service – as part of the modular course
You will have to pass an initial driver CPC qualification before being allowed to drive professionally. It can be taken at the same time as the vocational driving test.
As an existing professional bus, coach and lorry driver you are deemed to hold Driver CPC by ‘acquired rights’. However, you must complete your periodic training within 5 years of the introduction of Driver CPC as follows:
- 9 September 2013 for PCV licence holders
- 9 September 2014 for LGV licence holders
Note: ‘Acquired rights’ (or ‘grandfather rights’) apply to people who already hold a full vocational licence to drive buses, coaches and lorries on the Driver CPC start date. A licence acquired before January 1997 which has a “D1 not for hire or reward” or “101” code does not qualify as ‘acquired rights’, and to drive professionally drivers will need to take all four modules of the new Driver CPC test.