All professional drivers should have a Driver Qualification Card (DQC). If you, or your fleet drivers drive large goods vehicles (C, C1, C+E, or C1+E) then driver Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is an ongoing obligation.
HOW MUCH TRAINING YOU NEED TO DO
You and your drivers must do 35 hours of period training every 5 years to keep your DQC. You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without your driver CPC.
You can check how many hours of training you have done in the current 5 year period through the Government portal website. You only need to complete one set of training every 5 years if you drover both HGV and PCV professionally.
WHEN TO TAKE YOUR TRAINING
Your CPC qualification lasts for 5 years. The deadline to do your training is shown on your DQC. Deadline for the current 5 year training block is 9th September 2024. You may feel this is a long way off, but Fleet Source always encourages you to plan ahead and at least do 7 hours per year.
TAKING A TRAINING COURSE
You must take one of the below to your CPC training course.
- Photocard driving licence
- Valid passport
- Digital tachograph card
WHAT COURSE SHOULD I DO
When choosing your driver CPC courses, look for relevant topics that will engage you and your drivers; such as understanding drivers' hours and tachographs, work related road risks, reducing penalties and infringements or vehicle road-worthiness. You can combine courses to help meet contractual requirements such as the Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS).
Take a look at all of the Fleet Source CPC courses that can help educate and inform you and your drivers.