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Is Driver CPC Set to be Scrapped?

As an essential requirement to drive professionally, the Driver CPC qualification expands the expertise of drivers, as well as ensuring road safety. Since Brexit, many have been asking – will the driver CPC be scrapped? In short – the answer is no. It will be accepted into legislation despite the UK leaving the EU.

Will the Driver CPC be scrapped?

There are several arguments as to why this is unlikely to happen:

  • It improves standards within the industry
  • It is likely the EU will require drivers to maintain this qualification to be able to transport goods in and out the country
  • A lot of time and money has already been invested into it
  • Its purpose is to improve road safety and reduce death and injuries for drivers and the wider public No government would want to be associated with removing a programme where one of the stated aims is the improvement of road safety and reduction of death and injuries for drivers and the wider public

Why are some people delaying their training?

There are various reasons which have led to the ‘Driver CPC to be scrapped’ belief:

  • That as an ‘EU’ programme it will no longer be a requirement post-Brexit
  • Short-term operational strains suggesting drivers cannot be released for training
  • Limited budget for training

The qualification was first introduced in 2009, with the deadline for drivers to gain their Driver Qualification Card (DQC) set for 2014 (for LGV drivers). As this was the first Driver CPC deadline, it led to a major rush to complete training. Training centres across the country could not accommodate the influx. Drivers who did not have the required 35 hours of training could not legally drive for commercial gain.  This may have contributed to pressure on driver supply.

Since the expiry date on each driver’s DQC will be different, there is no longer quite such a ‘cliff edge’ deadline for Driver CPC. Nevertheless, there are clear pinch points and it remains vital that all drivers stay up to date with their training needs. Spreading the training over five years makes operational and financial sense. The Government has made it clear that the rules are not going to change. To drive professionally – you must have your Driver CPC up to date. Failure to do so means you will be unable to drive commercially and could face a fine up to £1,000.

Is it beneficial?

Whilst there are some concerns surrounding the qualification, it has plenty of advantages. It delivers useful information which, for instance, informs individuals on changes to driver-related laws. Drivers’ hours rules, for example, are complex and frequently misunderstood. There is the risk of fines for people who do not adhere to them – not to mention the obvious safety risks of driving whilst tired.

Can you do Driver CPC online?

At Driver Hire, you can do training from the comfort of your own home. To get on the roads safely and officially – our Driver CPC online courses deliver first-class training.

We believe spending money on a course should be a valuable investment. There are few approved Driver CPC training providers in the UK. We are one of the nation’s leading providers. Our programme spreads across 20 modules, designed specifically to support commercial drivers in every aspect of their job.

As part of Driver Hire’s wider range of training services, you may also be interested in our Transport Manager CPC courses – which are also now available online.

Don’t put your Driver CPC off – if you’d like to talk to us about how we can help, get in touch, chat to one of our agents in the chatbox below or book your course today.



How Difficult is the Transport Manager CPC Qualification?

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For those looking for a career in transport management, a hugely valuable step is to gain your Transport Manager CPC qualification. As well as providing an unbeatable overview of the world of road transport, this qualification is a pre-requisite for anyone working professionally as a Transport Manager. Driver Hire Training can help you to gain your Transport Manager CPC, and a question we are often asked is, how difficult is transport manager CPC?

How difficult is Transport Manager CPC?

The Transport Manager CPC is a Level 3 qualification, so equivalent to an A-Level. This gives the qualification real credibility, but it’s also certainly the case that with the right commitment from the delegate, supported by sound learning materials and revision, anyone is more than capable of passing.

Why should I be interested in this qualification?

The average salary for a Transport Management position falls at £32,500 per annum, according to TotalJobs. It’s worth noting that by law, any transport company that holds a standard or standard international Operator’s Licence (O-Licence) must have a designated, qualified Transport Manager. So there will always be demand for people who can fulfil this role.

The upheaval in the logistics industry in recent years, in part thanks to Brexit and Covid, means that there is strong demand for capable, qualified Transport Managers. This may have the effect of pushing salaries higher.

Will the pandemic stop me from getting my Transport Manager CPC?

Whilst restrictions have made classroom-based learning challenging, it has resulted in an exciting development of online training. Driver Hire Training now offers online CPC manager training courses, which follow the CILT syllabus. We’re proud of our high delegate satisfaction rates, which we believe reflect both the excellence of our learning materials, and the expertise of trainers. Our course offers versatile and engaging learning with on-screen presentations, group collaboration, break-out sessions, videos and quizzes. All these resources have been designed to help shape professional competence, as well as furthering career progression. If you are looking to drive commercially – we also offer Driver CPC online courses with exceptional training, for a great price.

What are the benefits of online training?

The benefits of online training are extensive.. Attending a course is much more convenient, with travel issues taken out the equation, there is no need to worry about traffic, distance or modes of transport. Simply learn from wherever is best for you. We’ve also found that delegates benefit from meeting other delegates online from a wide variety of locations and backgrounds, which is not always the case with classroom-based courses.

To get the most out of your training, our top pointers include:

  • Create study goals – set aside a specific amount of time each day dedicated to revision
  • Do not jump between topics – learn each subject one at a time
  • Test your knowledge – do a quiz after each topic to see if there are knowledge gaps

Don’t waste any time and book online now.