The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers.
It was first introduced across the EU in 2008 for professional bus drivers and 2009 for professional truck drivers. Its objective was to set and maintain high standards of road safety, health and safety and driving among professional drivers of buses and trucks.
Every professional driver is obligated to hold valid Driver CPC qualification as well as valid Driver licence for the category of the vehicle they want to drive professionally. In order to keep CPC qualification every driver must undergo 35 hours of PERIODIC TRAINING in every 5 years period. Training is on a one-day-per-year basis (minimum of 7 hours each day per year).
Professional drivers fall in two categories it terms of CPC:
- Drivers who obtained their bus licence on or before the 9 September 2008, or your truck licence on or before 9 September 2009 are automatically entitled to Driver CPC, known as “acquired rights”. These drivers can undergo PERIODIC TRAINING (modules).
- Drivers who obtained their bus licence on or after 10 September 2008 or truck licence on or after 10 September 2009 don’t qualify for acquired rights and must obtain your ‘initial CPC’ before they are entitled to undergo periodic training (modules).