The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is a qualification for people who drive a bus, coach or lorry as the main part of their job.
This qualification must be held in addition to your driving licence.
All drivers must complete an initial Driver CPC qualification before driving professionally, which incorporates:
- a theory test
- case studies
- practical test
- vehicle safety demonstration
All drivers must also complete at least 35 hours of Driver CPC every 5 years on a continuous basis in order to retain the qualification. If you drive lorries and buses, you only have to complete one set of training.
Driving without a CPC licence
If your Driver CPC has expired, you cannot legally drive a bus, coach, or lorry until you have completed your training. If you drive without the qualification, you could be fined up to £1000.
Training course options
To help you get the training you need before your CPC expires, North Ayrshire Council Training Centre offers a variety of approved training courses taught by qualified instructors.
Courses lasts 7 hours and cover several disciplines:
- driving the law and you
- managing space in a commercial role
- health and safety when driving and operating a LGV
Modular Courses - choose from any 2 modules:
- urban and rural driving risks
- vulnerable users off the road
- drivers daily walk around checks
- fuel efficiency driving
- fitness to drive
- drivers hours and tachographs
We are approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT). All your course data will be logged on the official JAUPT system.