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If you have any questions, about Driver CPC, gaining or upgrading your driving licence, or any other Driver Hire Training services, you’re in the right place!

And if you can’t find the answer here, please do get in touch – we’re always happy to help.


 

Driver CPC – Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Since social distancing measures were introduced to help combat Coronavirus, the Government has permitted Driver CPC training to be delivered in a ‘virtual classroom’ via webinar or video conference platforms.

Driver Hire was a pioneer of this approach and our delegates love it! It’s an easy, enjoyable and convenient way to get the training you need. Find out more by watching this short video.

Prices are shown next to each course listing. Our online Driver CPC training costs just £45 including VAT and JAUPT upload. Prices for classroom-based courses, when available, may vary.

A single day’s Driver CPC training must last 7 hours to count towards the mandatory 35 hours that you must take to gain your Driver Qualification Card.

Almost all Driver Hire training days are made up of two separate 3½ hour modules. This gives you a wider range of learning and will keep you interested right through the day. Find out more about all of our Driver CPC modules here.

You will receive your DQC automatically once you have completed the required 35 hours’ training and this has been uploaded to the DVSA database. Find out more on the Government website at www.gov.uk/driver-cpc-training/

There is no mandatory end-of-course test for Driver CPC training so you cannot fail a course. However some courses may have an assessment at the end to check what you have learned and to help to reinforce the most important aspects of the course.

If you are driving a van with a maximum authorised mass (MAM) of 3,500kg or above, for commercial purposes, you must have a full Driver CPC (and carry your Driver Qualification Card – DQC).

The relevant vehicle categories for commercial vehicles are C, C1, C+E, C1+E. Drivers of passenger vehicles with 9 or more seats must also have their Driver CPC. Professional drivers of larger vehicles must obtain an initial Driver CPC and then keep this valid with 35 hours’ “periodic training” every 5 years.

There are exemptions for certain vehicles, which you can find listed online. If you do not use the vehicle for commercial purposes (for example, driving your own horsebox) then you do not need the full Driver CPC but will still need to pass any relevant driving tests for these vehicles.

Under the terms of the Road Transport (Working Time) Regulations, working hours are any time that an employee is “at the employer’s disposal”. Therefore if a driver is sent on a training course such as Driver CPC by their employer, then this does count as working time.

Driver CPC is a legal requirement for all professional drivers of vehicles falling in scope of the regulations, driving for commercial purposes. If you do not complete the required training, or fail to produce your Driver Qualification Card (DQC) when required to do so, you could face a maximum fine of £1,000 for both the driver and the operator licence holder.

Failing to carry your DQC can attract a fixed penalty of £50. Offences under Driver CPC can be referred to the Traffic Commissioner, who could also suspend the driver or operator’s licence.

Currently Driver Hire Training offers 7-hour periodic training courses for £45 (including VAT and mandatory JAUPT upload fees). This price applies to all of our core Driver CPC training modules, where delivered online. Prices for classroom-based training, where available, will vary.

Some courses, such as our OLAT course, which may also count towards your Driver CPC are subject to a different pricing model.

(Note – these prices are correct as of August 2020 and are subject to change without notice at any time).

‘Grandfather rights’ (or sometimes ‘acquired rights’) is a legal term that is applied in various industries when a new law or standard is introduced, so that people who were qualified before that rule was introduced are allowed to continue working as they were, rather than having to undertake fresh training.

In logistics, the term is most commonly applied in two areas – Category C1 (7.5T) driving entitlement and Driver CPC.

Driver CPC

Drivers who gained their professional LGV licence (Cat C, C1, C+E and C1+E) prior to 10th September 2009 have grandfather rights in relation to Driver CPC and so were not required to undertake a full Driver CPC to be qualified. All drivers gaining their licence after that date, on the other hand, and who wish to drive professionally, have to do the full four-module Initial CPC.

But remember – all professional drivers are obliged to meet the ongoing ‘periodic training’ requirement of 35 hours’ Driver CPC training every five years, to keep their DQC valid.

Category C1

Drivers who hold a car driving licence (Category B) issued before January 1997 automatically have ‘grandfather rights’ to drive vehicles up to 7.5 tonnes. If you gained your car licence after that date, you cannot automatically drive Category C1 vehicles, so you will require the training to upgrade your licence.

Your joining link will be emailed to you the day before your session is due to take place. If you are booked on to an evening session, the link will be sent the same morning.

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Your hours will be uploaded to your DVSA record within 5 working days upon completion of your Driver CPC training session.

Licence Acquisition – Frequently Asked Questions

It usually takes around 6-7 weeks to learn to drive an HGV. This will cover everything from applying for your provisional licence to having your medical, studying the theory and learning all the practical skills you need to pass the four tests that are part of gaining a professional driver’s licence.

The cost varies depending on the licence that you are looking to acquire and where you do the training. We’ll be able to give you all the information you need about pricing when we know more about your needs.

The good news is, HGV training doesn’t have to be expensive, especially if you opt for a fast-tracked training route. This will get you on the road quickly, for a competitive price. And remember that our finance offering means you can spread the cost of your training over time.

The amount a HGV driver in the UK can earn varies depending on employer, but typically the starting salary for a newly qualified driver is anywhere between £19-24k. If you have more experience, like multiple licence categories, then you could certainly earn up to £40k. Have a look at our driving careers page for more info.

If you’ve taken a standard driving test in the past, then you will already know how to interact with other traffic and know the rules of the road. Professional drivers are highly skilled, but if you’ve trained properly, with a good school, you should find your practical and theory tests fairly straightforward. All you need to be able to do is concentrate, stay calm, and be confident in your knowledge and experience.

Technically, yes. On top of the standard Driver CPC that you need for all licences of Category C1 (7.5T) and above, you need to have a Cat. C licence before you can take your Class 1 (or Cat. E) test. But you can take the tests for your Cat. C and your Cat. C+E at the same time, so you don’t need to wait between tests.