CPC for established drivers
How to apply for your Driver CPC card if you’re an established professional bus or truck driver.
Driver CPC stands for the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence and was first introduced across the EU on 9 September 2008 for professional bus drivers and on 9 September 2009 for professional truck drivers.
It is illegal to drive professionally without a Driver CPC card and there are penalties if you do not comply.
New drivers qualify for a Driver CPC card once they complete a four stage testing process and apply for their CPC card. They then have to maintain this qualification by completing one day of Driver CPC training per year every five years (five training days in each five year training cycle).
Acquired rights, or grandfather rights as they are commonly known, is where a bus or truck driver obtained their licence prior to the introduction of Driver CPC.
A driver with acquired rights is not required to sit any exams. However, you still need to complete Driver CPC periodic training to maintain your Driver CPC qualification and drive professionally.
- If you’re a bus driver who obtained your bus licence prior to 10 September 2008 then you have acquired rights to Driver CPC.
- If you’re a truck driver who obtained your truck licence prior to 10 September 2009 you have acquired rights to Driver CPC.
You may also qualify for a Driver CPC card if you’re a driver who:
- has not been engaged in professional driving for more than five years
- has not maintained your Driver CPC qualification
- has been living and working as a professional driver outside of the EU member states where Driver CPC was not required.
In these cases, you may be permitted to return to work as a professional driver without the need to undergo the full process to re-qualify for a Driver CPC card.
Apply for your Driver CPC card
If you have a valid bus or truck licence but have never driven professionally in Ireland and want to apply for a driver CPC card you must complete a minimum of five days driver CPC training.
This means you will need to complete 35 hours of refresher training (five modules in total). This requirement is increased to 42 hours of training if you wish to obtain a dual bus and truck CPC qualification (six modules in total).
After this you must complete and return the Driver Qualification Card Application form along with the following items, to the address under:
- a recent passport-sized photograph that meets the internationally accepted Passport Office photo guidelines (please sign your name on the back)
- for EU licences not issued in Ireland, a photocopy of your current driving licence, which includes your bus or truck licence category.
Please note, that before signing the form it is important that you read through the CPC Driver Self Declaration Leaflet .
Please post the completed form to:
Driver Education Section
Moy Valley Business Park
If you have a digital driver tachograph card you can apply for your Driver CPC card by giving us permission to use the photograph and signature details that you previously submitted.
To avail of this option, you need to text the following to 51444 (low cost text):
- your driver number (item 5 on a paper driving licence or item 4d on a plastic card driving licence)
- Y (for Yes)
For example: 123456789 Y Smith (insert a space between driver number, Y and surname).