DDay Training Ltd - Registered Company No: 7792622

Dairy House Farm, Main Rd, Worleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DN

D Day Training Ltd - Registered Company No: 7792622

20 Gingerbread Lane, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6NH

Driver CPC - What is Periodic Training?

The EU passed the Driver CPC EU Directive in 2003. This affects all professional LGV and PCV drivers. For new drivers it introduces a new initial qualification - the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) which increases the amount of knowledge that drivers will need before they can drive.

For new drivers the initial qualification includes a four hour theory test and a two hour driving and practical test when combined with the licence acquisition tests.

All drivers, new and existing will then have to undertake 35 hours (5 Days) of training every five years to ensure that their driver CPC is current. This is known as Periodic Training.

Periodic Training is designed to confirm and expand existing knowledge and skills of each driver to ensure that they continue to be safe, courteous and fuel efficient drivers.

Driver CPC Periodic Training - The Facts

What licence categories does it affect?

Category C, C+E, C1, C1+E, D, D+E, D1, D1+E. If you currently drive a vehicle over 3.5 tonnes or a minibus with more than 8 passenger seats under acquired rights, you will need to undertake Driver CPC Periodic Training.

If you already have a full LGV or PCV licence?

You will not have to take any kind of exam. But you will have to ensure that you undertake 35 hours (5 Days) of Driver CPC Periodic Training in any five year cycle. If you hold both C and D licences currently you will not have to undergo two separate courses of Driver CPC Periodic Training, one will cover both.

The Training Syllabus:

The Driver CPC Periodic Training for LGV and PSV may differ but both disciplines will cover the basics of Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving, Vulnerable road users, Application of Regulations, Health & Environment, Customer Service and Logistics.

Training Sessions:

The Driver CPC training is only available from training bodies approved by the Driving & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT). Each separate training session must last at least seven hours in duration in a 24 hour period, but training sessions can be spread over the five years or delivered in one week. The total requirement is for 35 hours (5 days)  training in a five year period.


The Police and DVSA officers may ask to see your Driver Qualification Card (DQC); to prove you have attended the correct Driver CPC or Driver CPC Periodic Training at roadside checks or if you have been involved in an accident. The DQC cards are issued after acquiring your Category C, C1, D or D1 licence for new drivers, and after completing 35 hours training for existing drivers with acquired rights. Fines of £1000 may be applied to both drivers and employers for a breach of the regulations.

Exemptions - the following exemptions may apply:

DDay Training Ltd - Registered Company No: 7792622

Dairy House Farm, Main Rd, Worleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DN