Driver CPC

Important Notice on Driver CPC During COVID-19 Outbreak

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. In order to ensure a continuous flow of goods within the EU, drivers with valid Irish Driver CPC cards that are due to expire during the current Covid 19 outbreak will be granted an extension of a maximum of six months up to the 26th September 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 in advance of the 26th of September 2020.   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.    The RSA will adopt some discretion for cards that expired from week commencing the 9th of March but not before. 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).