Driver CPC Training

Driver Certificate of Professional Competence

Driver CPC training - What is it?
Driver CPC is short for "Driver Certificate of Professional Competence" This is a new qualification under the EU Directive 2003/59 which came into effect on September 10th 2009 (Lorry Drivers) and 10th September 2008, (Bus and Coach Drivers). This new legislation will have a profound effect on the transport industry as a whole.
Who will be affected by the Driver CPC?
All professional drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes, buses, coaches and Minibuses, unless they qualify for an exemption. All drivers with the following licence categories:- C1 C CE D1 D & DE
Why do I need the Driver CPC training?
It will be an offence for someone to drive without a CPC qualification and there will be penalties for those drivers who are not able to prove that they hold a driver CPC or DQC. (Driver qualification card) when challenged.
Who is asking me to do this Driver CPC training?
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) is responsible for implementing it in Great Britain and is working with transport industry representatives to ensure it is being introduced successfully.
What does the Driver CPC training INVOLVE?
As well as your driving licence, professional drivers will have to hold a Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) which will be renewable every 5 years. You will have to undergo periodic training during those 5years to be able to renew your certificate.
When do I start the Driver CPC Training?
We would advise you to start as soon as you can for although existing drivers will be exempt from the initial training they must complete 35 hrs of Driver CPC training during the next 5 years.
Who can Provide the Driver CPC training?
Industrial Training Services are an accredited centre for Driver CPC training and it is only accredited centres who can offer this training.
Can I spread the Driver CPC training?
The driver has the flexibility on how they cover the 35 hrs training. For example a driver can complete a 2 day course in the first year a 2 day course course in the 3rd year and a 1 day course in the 5th year. We would recommend that you consider spreading the training over the whole 5 years. If you undertake 7hrs (1 day) per year you will have accumulated the 35hrs Driver CPC training necessary to obtain your card.
Can I spread the cost?
By taking 1 days Driver CPC Training per year this will automatically spread your Cost but please note. You must undergo a minimum of 7hrs training at any one time.
What's involved in the Driver CPC training course?
There are a basic 5 modules of training they are:-
  • Module 1 Drivers hours and Tachographs
  • Module 2 Safe vehicle Operations and Loading
  • Module 3 Safe and economic Driving
  • Module 4 Health and Safety in transport operations
  • Module 5 Systems & Procedures for Safe, Efficient and Secure Transport Operations.
See below for a breakdown of course content.
Why is Driver CPC training being introduced?
The aims of Driver CPC are to:-
  • Improve road safety
  • Recognise and accredit skills for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers
  • Encourage drivers to continually update their skills and knowledge
  • Raise the status of bus, coach and lorry drivers to promote driving as a career
Will Driver CPC training apply to foreign Nationals?
Yes, Driver CPC applies across all EU Member States therefore all of those drivers will be required to qualify and hold a driver CPC in exactly the same way as UK drivers.
What are the Exemptions to the Driver CPC?
You will not need a Driver CPC if the vehicle you drive is:-
  • Not authorised to exceed 45KPH
  • Being used by or under the instructions of the armed forces
  • Undergoing road tests for technical development, maintenance, repair
  • Being used in a state of emergency as part of a rescue mission
  • Being used for driving lessons and CPC qualification
  • Not being used to carry passengers or goods for commercial purposes

For further information go to the course breakdown or:
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Driver CPC Training

Breakdown of the 5 Course Modules

Module 1a Drivers hours & analogue tachographs
  • Outline of EU Regulations and where to find important information(VOSA GV262).
  • Vehicles exempt from EU regulations.
  • Transport operations exempt from EU regulations (derogations).
  • The different types of analogue tachographs.
  • Activity modes and their correct use.
  • The different types of tachograph charts and description of chart components.
  • How to make centrefield entries.
  • The need for manual entries and how to make them.
  • Explanation of unforeseen events and how to record them.
  • Operating requirements - when to keep charts and when to hand them in.
  • Explanation of letters of attestation and when they should be carried.
  • Daily, weekly and fortnightly driving limits.
  • Breaks, rest and split daily rest.
  • Rules covering double manning.
  • Weekly rest.
  • Explanation and definition of travelling time.
  • How to record interruptions of daily rest during ferry journeys.
  • GB domestic rules.
  • NI domestic rules.
  • How the regulations are enforced.
  • Sanctions applied to infringements.
  • Penalties for infringements.
  • Explanation of the graduated fixed penalties system.
Module 1b Digital Tachographs
  • Outline of legislation.
  • Digital tachograph system overview.
  • Pictograms.
  • Tachgraph cards.
  • Data recorded on the vehicle unit.
  • Data recorded on the driver unit.
  • Explanation of UTC time.
  • The procedure for logging-in.
  • Standard display.
  • In motion data display.
  • Stationary data display.
  • Detailed explanation of the procedure for the manual entries.
  • Correct use of the mode switch.
  • Recording activity.
  • Menu Structure.
  • Making a printout.
  • Using the 'out of scope' function.
  • Setting the tachograph to 'ferry' mode.
  • Adjusting local time.
  • Adjusting UTC time.
  • Messages.
  • Log out procedure.
  • Print roll replacement.
  • Explanation of the layout and structure of printworks.
  • Mixed tachograph work.
Module 2a Vehicle & load handling systems
  • Air brake systems.
  • Hydraulic brakes.
  • Air-over hydraulic brakes.
  • Full air brakes.
  • Drum and disc brakes.
  • Spring brakes.
  • Anti-lock braking systems.
  • Electronic braking systems.
  • Retarders.
  • Coupling systems.
  • Air connections.
  • Connecting air lines.
  • Electrical connections.
  • Three line systems.
  • Trailer connections.
  • Fifth wheel.
  • Coupling and uncoupling procedures.
  • Close coupling & uncoupling procedures.
  • Drawbar coupling and uncoupling procedures.
  • Load handling systems, pallets, stillages, rollcages; safe working with roll cages, folding containers, ISO containers.
  • Skeletal trailer operation.
  • Materilals handling equipment.
  • PUWER.
  • LOLER.
  • Tail lifts.
  • Lifting equipment.
Module 2b Safe vehicle Loading
  • Safe loading.
  • Road Traffic Act 1991.
  • Loading bays & ramps.
  • Dock levellers / rise & fall ramps.
  • Banksmen.
  • Principles of safe loading.
  • Load distribution.
  • Headboards & front bulkheads.
  • Maximum weights.
  • Calculating payload.
  • Weight distribution.
  • Trailer loading.
  • Overloading.
  • Graduated fixed penalties.
  • Securing of loads.
  • Anchorage points.
  • Securing equipment.
  • Sheeting loads.
  • Curtain sided vehicles.
  • Hazardous goods.
  • ADR training.
  • Livestock transportation.
  • Vehicle stability.
  • Vehicle rollover.
  • Wind.
Module 3a Safe, economic & defensive driving
  • Fundamentals of safe & economic driving.
  • Aerodynamics.
  • Adjustable aerodynamics.
  • Braking.
  • Cluth control.
  • Cruise control.
  • Exhaust brakes & retarders.
  • Idle time.
  • Forward planning.
  • Gear selection.
  • Height of Load.
  • Load position.
  • Momentum.
  • Overfilling your fuel tank.
  • Plan your route.
  • Motorways.
  • Skip gears (block changing).
  • Speeding.
  • Tyres.
  • Vehicle technology.
  • Weather conditions.
  • Daily walk round checks.
  • Reporting defects.
Module 3b Safe, economic & defensive driving
  • Standards for safe and economic driving.
  • Acceleration & cruise control.
  • Braking.
  • Clutch control.
  • Drive position.
  • Road and weather conditions.
  • Steering.
  • Gear selection and use.
  • Hazard perception.
  • Speed.
  • Lane discipline.
  • Use of mirrors.
  • Use of signals.
  • Overtaking.
  • Vehicle sympathy.
  • Driver�s attitude.
  • Road markings & signs.
  • Vehicle & route.
  • Development drive for driver 1 duration-45mins.
  • Development drive for driver 2 duration-45mins.
Module 4a Health and Safety in Transport
  • What's the problem?
  • Fatal accidents.
  • Heinrich's safety triangle.
  • Major injuries.
  • Causes of accidents.
  • Employer & employee responsibilities.
  • Risks and control.
  • Simple definitions.
  • Improving safety.
  • HSE risk checklists
  • Workplace risks.
  • Reporting accidents.
  • Near misses.
  • Unsafe acts.
  • Over 3 day injuries.
  • Reportable diseases.
  • Dangerous occurrences.
  • Record Keeping.
  • Penalties.
  • Mobile phones.
  • Road traffic collisions
  • Collision reporting procedures.
Module 4b Personal wellbeing, health & safety in transport
  • Manual handling
  • Safe working with roll cages
  • Fit for the job
  • Diet & driving
  • Balanced diet
  • Drive alert
  • Fit to drive � Facts
  • Body Mass index � BMI
  • Height conversion
  • Weight conversion
  • Body Mass index � BMI � safe range
  • Driving stress
  • Tips to tackle stress
  • Slips, trips & falls
  • Slips, trips, & falls case study
  • Personal protective equipment
  • PPE at work regulations 1992
  • Assessing PPE.
  • Hazards and types of PPE
  • Training with PPE
  • Key points
Module 5a Company procedures & customer care
  • Company documentation
  • Daily vehicle checks
  • Defect reports
  • Customers & deliveries
  • Enforcement
  • Recording driver�s hours
  • Downloading digital data
  • Working time regulations
  • Customer care
  • Route planning
  • Map reading
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Sat Nav top 10 tips
  • Bridge strikes
  • Computerised vehicle routing & scheduled journey planners
  • Scheduling systems
  • Operator licensing
  • International road transport
  • Vehicle security
  • Illegal immigrants
  • Effective system - preventing stowaways
  • Effective system checklist
  • Additional advice
  • Penalty considerations
Module 5b Secure Transport Operations
  • Operator licensing
  • International road transport
  • Vehicle security
  • Illegal immigrants
  • Effective systems - preventing stowaways
  • Checklist
  • Additional Advice
  • Penalty considerations

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