Whether you’re a Transport Manager or a Driver, we'll help you check you're CPC Compliant.

Organisations in the PCV and road haulage industries must conform to strict EU laws which state that operators must show that they are professionally competent by employing a Transport Manager who holds a Certificate of Professional Competence. RoSPA's Transport Manager CPC Course has been designed with this in mind.

Furthermore, professional bus, coach and LGV drivers are now required by law to complete 35 hours of Driver CPC over five years. RoSPA is an approved JAUPT centre (Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training), and therefore our Driver CPC courses contribute to DCPC certification.

Choose from the following CPC services:

Transport Manager CPC (Road Haulage) Course - This ten-day Transport Management CPC course provides up-to-date and relevant training for those seeking to enter the field of Transport Management, or to demonstrate the professional competence required to meet Operator's Licence requirements.

Transport Manager CPC Exams - Both external and RoSPA course delegates can sit these Transport Manager CPC exams at RoSPA's centrally located Birmingham training centre.

Driver CPC Courses - Check which courses contribute towards the 35 hours/ 5 years of Driver CPC training that all professional bus, coach and LGV drivers are required by law to complete.

A Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is a legal requirement for all transport managers. In fact, for applicants for an Operator's Licence (O Licence) and for transport managers, CPC is necessary proof of professional competence.

In order for transport managers to be considered 'professionally competent' they must pass a CPC exam, conducted by OCR Examinations on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT).

Organisations must ensure that a transport manager's CPC is valid and up-to-date. RoSPA's Transport Manager CPC (Road Haulage) course (approved by the OCR examinations board) will ensure that Transport Managers complete their duty in a safe and efficient manner, making you more employable, and satisfying the professional competence requirements for gaining an Operators Licence.

Individual drivers can use the DSA (Driving Standards Agency) online CPC record to check how many hours of Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training they've completed to date.

If using the DSA CPC online record for the first time they'll need their driving licence number and home postcode to hand. It's worth registering in advance as a password will be sent by post to the address at which the licence is registered and this will be needed before accessing the DSA CPC records.

It's also worth checking that the DSA CPC record is correct, and in particular that any driver CPC modules taken are reflected in the DCPC hours shown after 5 working days.

You can read more about 'What is CPC?' in this blog post.

This handy Driver CPC checklist gives lorry, bus and coach drivers the low-down:

  • If you're new to professional driving you must get an initial DCPC (Driver Certificate of Professional Competence) qualification, after which you'll get a Driver Qualification Card (DQC), which you must carry with you
  • If you've been a lorry, bus or coach driver for a number of years you'll most probably have DCPC 'acquired rights' (check if you're eligible for DCPC 'acquired rights' here)
  • In either instance, in order to keep DCPC status you need to complete 35 hours of DCPC training every five years
  • The deadline for bus or coach drivers with DCPC 'acquired rights' to complete their training was 9 September 2013, and for lorry drivers it's 9 September 2014
  • You will only get your DCQ once you've done this DCPC training – and you will need a photocard license, not an old style paper one
  • Remember, you can be fined up to £1000 for driving professionally without DCPC
  • You can check how many hours you've done in the current 5-year period
  • Only approved courses taken with JAUPT approved training centres such as RoSPA's Driver CPC courses count towards periodic training
  • There are however some cases when drivers of large goods and passenger carrying vehicles do not need DCPC

If you've found this Driver CPC Checklist useful please forward it to colleagues.

You can also read more about 'What is CPC?' in this blog post.

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