Key Changes to Driver CPC Training: What You Need to Know

The UK government has responded to the consultation on changes to the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), introducing several reforms. This article provides an updated overview of these significant changes.

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The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC) was introduced in 2007. It is a qualification that professional drivers of certain goods or passenger carrying vehicles are required to hold in addition to their driving licence.

In the United Kingdom (UK), except in the case where a driver had ‘acquired rights’, it is initially obtained by completing 4 modularised tests consisting of a 2-part theory test, case studies, a practical driving test and a practical demonstration of vehicle operation.

DCPC is then renewed by completing 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years. Completing 35 hours of training allows a driver to drive for commercial purposes for 5 years.

The main objectives of DCPC, when introduced, were to improve road safety and the safety of the driver, including during operations carried out by the driver while the vehicle is stopped and to raise the professional recognition of drivers, thereby attracting greater interest in the profession and increasing the number of drivers.

Streamlining the Driver CPC training process

Major Reforms as follows:

Introduction of a Periodic Test

A new option to renew the CPC, serving as an alternative to the current 35-hour training.

Reduced Course Length

Minimum course duration has been decreased from 7 to 3.5 hours.

E-Learning Decoupling

E-learning will be separated from trainer-led courses.

Core Course Content Development

Enhanced focus on developing core course content with informal assessments.

Aims of the Reforms

These changes address concerns over time and cost implications of the current system and aim to improve road safety and professionalism within the sector.


What is the timeline for the Driver CPC changes?2023-12-18T10:44:01+00:00

The specific timeline for the implementation of thechanges to the Driver CPC training has not been detailed as yet. For the most current and accurate information regarding when these changes will take effect, it is best to refer to the official government announcements

What are the new areas of focus in Driver CPC training?2023-12-18T10:34:40+00:00

The new areas of focus in Driver CPC training include a stronger emphasis on developing core course content and incorporating informal assessments. These changes are part of the UK government’s reforms to improve the quality and relevance of the training. The aim is to ensure that the training remains effective and reflective of the evolving needs and standards in professional driving.

Can I complete Driver CPC training online?2023-12-18T10:32:09+00:00

Yes, you can complete part of your Driver CPC training online. The UK government’s recent reforms include decoupling e-learning from trainer-led courses, which means that drivers now have the flexibility to complete certain components of their CPC training through online modules. This change is intended to make the training process more accessible and convenient for professional drivers. However, it’s important to check the specific requirements and approved course formats on the official government website or with accredited training providers to ensure compliance.

Has the Driver CPC course duration changed?2023-12-18T10:30:16+00:00

The course duration for Driver CPC training has been reduced as part of the UK government’s reforms. The minimum course length has been changed from 7 hours to 3.5 hours. This reduction in course duration is aimed at increasing flexibility for drivers undertaking the training, making it more convenient and less time-consuming while still maintaining the quality and effectiveness of the training.

What is the Driver CPC periodic test?2023-12-18T10:26:52+00:00

The Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) periodic test is a new proposed alternative to the current 35-hour training required for renewing the CPC qualification for professional drivers. This periodic test is intended to offer a more flexible and efficient option for drivers to maintain their CPC, with an emphasis on ensuring ongoing competence and safety standards in the professional driving industry. The details of the test format, content, and implementation are part of the UK government’s reforms to the Driver CPC regulations.


These updates mark a significant shift in the approach to professional driver training in the UK. The government’s full response and detailed information can be found on the official government website.

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