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              Contact: 02922-521239

                      or  07752-880397


Driver CPC Training Courses for LGV/HGV Drivers in Cardiff and South Wales


Under a European Union Directive, professional drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes or Passenger Carrying Vehicles (PCV) with 9 or more seats must usually obtain a Driver CPC in addition to a vocational driving licence. See exemptions below.

New drivers obtain their Driver CPC by passing a series of initial qualification tests with both theory and practical sections. This must be maintained with 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years or the certificate will lapse.

Bus and coach (PCV) drivers who hold a relevant vocational licence (D, D1, D+E and D1+E) gained before 10 September 2008, (including restricted vocational licence D(101) issued after 1991 and D1(101) issued before 1997) and lorry (LGV) drivers who obtained their licence (C, C1, C+E and C1+E) before 10 September 2009, do not need to take the initial qualification as they are deemed to hold 'acquired rights'. They must still complete periodic training to maintain their Driver CPC.

Periodic training

All drivers need to complete 35 hours of periodic training every five years on an ongoing basis to keep driving for a living. Drivers can check their Driver CPC periodic training record online to see how many hours they have done. Periodic training is delivered through courses that drivers attend over the five-year period for which their current Driver CPC is valid. There is no pass or fail element to these tests. The minimum length of a training course is seven hours. Where a course of seven hours is split into two parts, the second part must start within 24 hours of the first part ending. Driver CPC courses must be approved by JAUPT. 

Each new five-year period will begin from the expiry date of the driver's current Driver CPC qualification, and not from the date on which they reached the 35 hours minimum training requirement.

Drivers of PCV vehicles prior to 10 September 2008 had to complete their first block of 35 hours of training and have their DQC issued by 9 September 2013. The deadline to complete their second block of training is 9 September 2018.

Drivers of LGV vehicles prior to 10 September 2009 had to complete 35 hours of training and have their DQC issued by 9 September 2014. The deadline to complete their second block of training is 9 September 2019.

Drivers of both PCV and LGV vehicles only need to do one set of periodic training every 5 years.


Drivers do not need a dcpc whilst under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order

is undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or is a new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service

is used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions

is used in the course of driving lessons for any person wishing to obtain a driving licence or a Driver CPC

is used for non-commercial carriage of passengers and/or goods or for personal use

is carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, provided that driving the vehicle is not the driver's principal activity

is on a technical road test (to diagnose a fault or validate after a repair)


Unless a driver has 'acquired or Grandfather clause rights', they will be issued with a DQC once they pass the Driver CPC initial qualification tests.

Drivers with acquired rights can not use their existing driving licence as proof of their Driver License which they are required to complete the periodic training.

Drivers must always carry evidence of their Driver CPC status while driving professionally. If they are found driving while not in possession of a DQC - or a valid driving licence if they have acquired rights - they will be liable for penalties.

The Driver CPC is enforced in all European Union (EU) member states. If the driver is driving in another EU country, they must still hold a valid Driver CPC, unless they have an exemption.


NEW for 2019 is our 35-hour Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) which includes a three-year, Level 3 FAA emergency First Aid at Work qualification as well as your 35- hours’ DCPC.

Discounts are given for group bookings! Call today to discuss your company needs: 02922-521239  OR  07752 - 880397

Discounts given for group bookings on ALL courses

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What our customers are saying

I attended emergency first aid course on the 7th July and the course was professionally run by Carl; a very knowledgeable instructor.

Have already booked the rest of CPC course. Many thanks

Paul Ballinger

10 out of 10

Had a great time today at the First Aid CPC Course , I learnt quite a lot and would recommend to everyone to go on that particular course with CAS Training, keep up the good work and see you soon.

 Ryan Games…