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Driver CPC Deadline Date Looms For TTA.

Does the date 10 September, 2014 mean anything to you?

It certainly does for the Logistics Industry and for the staff here at Transport Training Academy. It’s a date we’ve been working to for some time now, and it’s been keeping our team of highly-skilled assessors and driver trainers busy for the past few years. So what’s so significant about this date then? Well, 10 September, 2014, is important because it is a deadline, or a cut-off date: anyone who wants to continue driving professionally after 10 September, 2014, will need to have successfully completed their Drivers’ Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC). In order to have achieved that accreditation, drivers will have had to complete 35 hours of professional training.

What exactly is the Driver CPC?

Well, the Driver CPC is a driver certificate of professional competence for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers initially introduced into UK legislation by the Government in March, 2007. It was developed as a requirement of an EU Directive and was designed to improve the knowledge and skills of PCV and LGV drivers throughout the course of their working lives. It came into force in September, 2008, for PCV drivers, and September, 2009 for LGV drivers across all EU member states. The Training Directive stipulated that all persons wishing to drive a PCV D1 or an LGV C1 category or above in a professional capacity had to undergo training for and obtain, a vocational Certificate of Professional Competence in addition to their PCV/LGV licence. Although it was initially met with some scepticism, the directive is now warmly welcomed across the Logistics Industry because it was directly responsible for unifying further training for existing drivers and introducing training for new drivers entering the profession as a career. All PCV drivers were required to complete their accreditation by 10 September, 2013, and all LGV drivers will have to complete theirs by 10 September, 2014.

How does Driver CPC Training work?

All basic vocational and periodic driver training undertaken here at TTA and in other drive CPC training centres is set out in the EU Training Directive. The training covers 3 areas:

  • Advanced training in rational driving based upon safety rules.
  • Application of regulations.
  • Health, road and environmental safety, service and logistics.

All training delivered must apply to one of these categories and all Driver CPC training centres and courses must be approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training known as JAUPT. Only courses that have been approved and are being delivered by a training centre that has been approved by JAUPT will count towards the periodic training and the Drivers CPC. Training session must be at least seven hours in duration. A seven hour block can be further split into two 3.5 hours but the second part must start within 24 hours of completion of the first part. On completion of a module the driver will be issued with a certificate of attendance and the hours of attendance for Periodic Training must be recorded on the Driver CPC Recording & Evidencing System also known as the R&E System. It is the responsibility of the training organisation who delivered the training to ensure that this information is uploaded correctly. Driver CPC status will be evidenced by the driver being issued with a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) on completion of the initial qualification for new drivers or on completion of 35 hours periodic training for existing drivers.

The DQC must be carried at all times when driving professionally and be produced if requested. Although the Driver CPC Training requirement was not universally welcomed, most people in the Logistics Industry can now see the benefits it has brought. It has unquestionably improved the professional and positive image of the Logistics Industry, and has, to some extent, helped to attract more people to an industry that was struggling. The assessors and professional driver trainers at Transport Training Academy have seen the benefits that the Driver CPC Driver brings, and would be the first to acknowledge that not only has it helped to improve the knowledge and skills of PCV and LGV drivers when they started work, but also ensured that those skills are maintained and developed throughout their working lives, enabling drivers to drive more safely, responsibly and more efficiently.

For further information about TTA’s JAUPT accredited Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) Driver Development programmes, and our broad range of logistics courses on ITSSAR Fork Lift Truck and Warehouse training, LGV Licence upgrades (B+E, C1, D1, C1+E, C and C+E), Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving courses and ADR (Hazchem),managerial courses include DSA LGV Instructor and Transport Managers Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and our short courses consisting of Manual Handling, First Aid at Work and Working at Heights, call TTA’s expert training team on 0845 056 0561.

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