Driver CPC

Important Notice on Driver CPC During COVID-19 Outbreak

Important notice for CPC Training Organisations, Trainers, Professional Drivers
As you are all aware, there was an extension put in place for drivers who had a Driver CPC card due to expire between 1st February and 31st August 2020 only, and for no other drivers; however, given the extraordinary circumstances of Covid-19, professional drivers who hold a valid Driver CPC card with a future expiry date will not be penalised if they do not complete their annual training by the 9th September 2020.  (The majority of drivers in this situation will have a CPC card with an expiry date of 9th Sept 2023 (bus) or 9th Sept 2024 (truck).   Drivers should endeavour to complete any outstanding CPC training by the 9th of September 2021.   

 

Please note that where a driver who qualified for the 1st February-31st August extension, did not complete their outstanding training within the seven months grace period, they no longer have an entitlement to Driver CPC.   For example if a CPC card expired on the 5th of February 2020, the grace period for completing outstanding CPC training ended on the 5th September 2020.

Due to the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 crisis, professional bus and truck drivers may encounter some difficulty in undertaking their annual CPC training at the current time.

 

Directive 2003/59/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council[1] lays down rules applicable to the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers. Those drivers must hold a certificate of professional competence and must prove they have completed the periodic training by holding a driving licence or a driver qualification card, on which the training is registered. Due to the difficulties in completing the periodic training and in renewing certificates of professional competence certifying that training as a consequence of the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, which started as of 1 February 2020 in some Member States, it is necessary to extend the validity of those certificates for seven months after their expiry date, in order to ensure the continuity of road transport. This applies only to CPC Cards which are due for renewal between the 1st February and the 31st of August 2020.

It is important to note that no new or replacement cards will be issued with the new temporary expiry date.
 
Drivers will then be required to complete any outstanding periodic training.   On completion of the required training, renewal Driver CPC card’s will be issued as normal with an expiry date of 5 years from the date of expiry of their current Driver CPC card.
This is not an amnesty for drivers who did not take training and allowed their CPC cards to expire.

 

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (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).