Driver CPC

Everything you need to know about the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) driver standard, including how to get one, how to keep one and who is exempt.


Important: CPC requirements for a learner permit/driving licence

Where a person wishes to take out a learner permit or a driving licence in categories C, CE, under 21 years or for D, DE under 24 years then they must complete CPC even where they do not wish to drive professionally.

Therefore, an application for a learner permit must be supported with a driver theory test certificate in the category (known as CPC Step 1) and also two-hour case study theory test (known as CPC Step 2).

An application for a driving licence must be supported with the standard 90-minute driving test cert of competency (known as CPC Step 3) and a 30-minute practical test (known as CPC Step 4).

Getting your CPC

Questions answered on Driver CPC: who needs it, how to get it, how to keep it.

Acquired rights for truck & bus

As and from the 10th of September 2014 all professional truck & bus  drivers must carry a Driver CPC card.


Information about accessing and reviewing your CPC Training Records.

Annual training

What Driver CPC training involves and how to find a training centre.  

Find a CPC Trainer

List of approved Driver CPC trainers


A summary of the regulations that govern Driver CPC and the penalties that apply to those in breach of them.

Driver CPC video

This video gives an introduction to Driver CPC, the Driver Certificate in Professional Competence, which is required of all professional bus and truck drivers.

Frequently asked questions

Common queries relating to Driver CPC answered here.

Frequently asked questions for Non-National Drivers

Frequently asked questions for Non-National Drivers