Driver CPC Training – What is Driver CPC?

Wondering what a Driver CPC involves and if you need it? At Drive Personnel, we employ HGV drivers across Southampton and the surrounding areas and provide helpful training and advice to help keep our drivers compliant and safe. Our friendly team are here to help with any questions about the Driver CPC that you might have, including “Do I need a Driver CPC?”, “What is Driver CPC Periodic Training?”, “What CPC modules do I need?”, and “Can I do my Driver CPC online?”.

What is a Driver CPC?

The Driver CPC (Driver Certificate of Professional Competence) is a qualification required by law by any person who drives in a professional capacity, including HGV drivers, LGV drivers, coach, or bus drivers. The Driver CPC certification was introduced for lorry drivers in 2009 to help improve driving standards and road safety, ensuring that drivers are up to date with the latest health and safety requirements.

To be able to drive an HGV, you must complete Initial Driver CPC Training, which will provide you with your Driver Qualification Card (DQC) and 4 modules of training, including theory and hazard perception, case studies and a practical assessment. When drivers have completed all four modules, they will receive their DQC and CPC, which are legally required to show competence. Employers will always ask for proof of a valid CPC for insurance purposes and to ensure that you are able to handle an HGV safely.

What is Driver CPC Periodic Training?

To maintain your Driver CPC, you must prove that you are continuing to consolidate your driving abilities by learning new skills and keeping up to date with the latest legislation. Driver CPC Periodic Training is a legal requirement, and drivers are obligated to complete 35 hours of JAUPT-approved and DVSA-approved classroom training every 5 years to maintain a valid Driver CPC licence.

At Drive Personnel, we offer discounted training opportunities for new and experienced HGV drivers including Periodic Driver CPC Training. Most training providers also offer online Driver CPC training to fulfil your 35-hour requirement, so that you can complete your training from the comfort of your own home.

What is the Best Way to Complete Driver CPC Periodic Training?

The best way to complete your Driver CPC Periodic Training is to spread your training across the 5-year period that is available to you, and choosing training which will benefit you as a driver, consolidating existing knowledge and learning new skills.

Some HGV drivers leave the 35 hours of training to the last minute, and view the Driver CPC training as a ‘box-ticking exercise’ as opposed to a vital piece of training to improve the safety of HGV drivers and other road users. At Drive Personnel, we are always on hand to offer advice and provide information on the different types of training that could help to build your skills, develop your career, and increase your earning potential. For more information about our current vacancies and training opportunities in Southampton, contact us today by calling 023 8069 5600 or emailing

About Drive Personnel

Drive Personnel is a specialist driver recruitment agency based in Southampton. We support our drivers and help them maximise their earning potential by providing training and professional development including further HGV Driver Training, Driver CPC Training, ADR, Moffett, HIAB and other advanced training. The team at Drive Personnel are experts in placing drivers in a range of temporary and permanent roles throughout Eastleigh, Southampton, Portsmouth, Fareham and Winchester. If you’re a driver looking for work or a client looking for a driver agency that can provide top-quality logistics staff, contact us today.