Driving an LGV or PCV commercially?

Having a DQC (Driver Qualification Card) is essential for a career in driving a Large Goods Vehicle or Passenger Carrying Vehicle.

What is the Driver CPC?

The Driver CPC - not to be confused with the 'Operator CPC' - is extra training for professional bus and lorry drivers who drive commercially.

There's the 'LGV Driver CPC' for lorry drivers, (which became operational on 10th September 2009), and the 'PCV Driver CPC' for bus drivers, (which became operational on 10th September 2008).

Periodic Training or Initial Qualification?

Anybody involved in the transport industry will already be aware that all commercial drivers must hold a Driver Qualification Card, which is obtained by doing the Driver CPC… but a great number of people don’t realise that there are two different types of the Driver CPC, Periodic Training (which involves attending a 35 hour classroom course. There is no test to pass on these courses.), and the Initial Qualification (Which involves passing the Module 2 Case Study Theory Test and the Module 4 Practical Demonstration Test). Whichever Driver CPC route you take you will receive a Driver Qualification Card valid for 5 years. The Initial Qualification route can only be used when acquiring a DQC for the first time.

Which LGV Driver CPC route a truck driver needs to take depends on whether they are an existing truck driver or a new truck driver.

Periodic Training is for ‘Existing’ drivers.
Initial Qualification is generally for ‘New’ drivers.

An ‘Existing’ driver is someone who passed their car driving test before the 1st January 1997. (This is because they automatically received the C1 (7.5 Tonne) Grandfather rights, which in the eyes of the DVLA classes them as a Large Goods Vehicle driver, even if they’ve never actually driver a vehicle that size!).

An ‘Existing’ driver is also someone who passed an LGV C1 or C test before 10th September 2009 (The LGV Driver CPC start date). The PCV (Passenger Carrying Vehicle) Driver CPC start date was a year earlier, 10th September 2008.

A ‘New’ driver is someone who didn’t hold a C1 or C before 10th September 2009, or D1 or D before 10th September 2008.

New Drivers must go down the Initial Qualification route.

Existing driver can now (Since mid 2015) chose to go down either the Periodic Training or the Initial Qualification routes. This change came in because drivers were passing their LGV Category C practical driving tests, and then finding that they had to then attend a weeks (35 hour) Periodic Training course before they could start work as a truck driver! The benefit of going down the Initial Qualification route is that the extra theory test (Mod 2) is very similar to the theory test need to be passed before taking the C practical test, and the Driver CPC practical test (Mod 4) can be taken during the LGV driver training course that they attending anyway! (This saves a week of your life that you’ll never get back, so it’s well worth considering). N.B. Existing drivers can only chose the Initial Qualification route to obtain their first Driver Qualification Card!

Our Training Courses

Ben Shaw Training Ltd can arrange either the Periodic Training, or the Initial Qualification.

Our Initial Qualification course covers everything!
We provide you with Theory Test classroom lesson, and access to an online theory study website and app for your phone or tablet.
We book your theory test at a test centre that suits you.
Once the Mod 2 theory test is passed, we then provide you with our online study video for your practical test, which means you can learn at home before coming to take your test, saving you time and money, and giving you more time to absorb all the information by watching the video as many times as you like.
On the test day we’ll give you vehicle familiarisation training, and chance to practice with our load securing devices, which you may be tested on during the test. We’ll also test your knowledge by going through what you’ve learnt whilst watching our 45 minute YouTube training video. The test will then be conducted at our training centre with our in-house Driver CPC Module 4 assessor.

If you are already doing your LGV C or C1 practical driving test with us, you have the choice of doing the Driver CPC Initial Qualification as part of your course (Recommended). Or it can be done separately.

We also provide the Initial Qualification course on it’s own. The type of people that book on this course with us are drivers that have already passed their LGV practical test (10th September 2009 or after). We get a lot of ex armed forces, as they may have passed their driving test whilst in the Army, but have not done their Driver CPC as the Armed Forces are exempt from doing it. We also get lots of drivers that have passed their LGV practical driving test with another driver training school, and have either had a bad experience with them, or have been given bad advice from the outset.

Our Periodic Training courses are run from our Burnley Head Office, and can be booked on a daily basis (7hrs) or weekly (35hrs).

What do I have to do to pass my Initial Qualification and become a commercial driver?

There are now four different modules to gaining the LGV or PCV driving licenses:

Module 1 - Theory Test - Multiple Choice & Hazard Perception Test
Module 2 - Theory Test - Driver CPC Case Study
Module 3 - Practical Test - Practical Driving Test
Module 4 - Practical Test - Driver CPC Practical Demonstration Test

You must book either LGV or PCV, depending on which you require. If you're wanting to gain both, then you must take both LGV tests and PCV tests separately.

NB. If you only require the licence for personal reasons then you only need to pass Modules 1 and 3. Modules 2 and 4 are only for driving commercially.

Once driving test candidates have passed all four modules, they then become fully qualified LGV or PCV driver and will receive a Driver Qualification Card, which will cover them for five years! Within those five years drivers are required to under-go their Periodic Training which will then cover them for another five years, and so on.

Where can I find more information about the Driver CPC Periodic Training?

Visit the Jaupt Driver CPC website

Do I have to comply with the Driver CPC, or are there any exemptions?

It's quite a complicated subject, that seems to keep changing.

Visit this government website for upto date information: