Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

Call Atkins and we can explain which CPC is required for you to become a professional LGV/PCV driver.

Who needs it? 

The implementation date for LGV’s is the 10th September 2009; and for PCV’s it’s the 10th September 2008. 

  • Drivers who qualified for their LGV (C1, C, C+E) after the 10th September 2009 – do require the Initial Drivers CPC
  • Drivers who qualified for their LGV (C1, C, C+E) before the 10th September 2009 – do require the Periodic Drivers CPC
  • Drivers passing before 1st January 1997 DVLA gave you ‘Grandfather Rigths’ ie: can driver B+E (car & trailer, C1 (7.5 ton LGV), C1 + E (7.5 ton with trailer, restricted weight) D1 (mini bus restricted to not for hire or reward), D1+E ( mini bus with trailer, restricted not for hire or reward and also restricted weight)

All drivers who are driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, or with 9 Passenger seats or more; require to do the Periodic CPC (as well as the initial where applicable) – 35 Hours of CPC training every five years.

Exemptions – 

Certain drivers do not require to have the drivers Certificate of Professional Competence  – These are either based on what the vehicle is transporting, or what the vehicle is used for. Drivers are exempt if the vehicle is:

  • used for non-commercial carriage of passengers or goods, for personal use;
  • undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance purposes, or of new or rebuilt vehicles which have not yet been put into service; (must be driven by a qualified motor mechanic)
  • used in the course of driving lessons for the purpose of enabling that person to obtain a driving licence or a Driver CPC; (must be driven by driving instructors)
  • carrying material or equipment to be used by that person in the course of his or her work, provided that driving that vehicle does not constitute the driver’s principal activity**
  • with a maximum authorised speed not exceeding 45 km/h; (such as agricultural tractors)
  • used by, or under the control of, the armed forces, civil defence, the fire service and forces responsible for maintaining public order;
  • used in states of emergency or assigned to rescue missions.

** For example, transporting scaffolding to the drivers place of work. Driving must not become the major part of the work. IE – The work being carried out at the site of work, must be a significantly greater use of time than driving itself.