Compulsory for all professional HGV & LGV drivers
The Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is EU legislation introduced to improve the standards of professional HGV and LGV drivers across Europe.
The short answer is ‘most HGV drivers.’ If you want to earn money from driving, you need it. If you legally need the CPC and you don’t take it, you’re driving illegally. All pretty straightforward stuff.
The bit that is confusing is how the Driver CPC applies to you, and what bit of it you need to complete.
As the requirements are quite complex Easy As HGV has a team of CPC experts ready to answer your CPC questions, and advise you how CPC legislation affects your personal circumstances. However, as a general guide:
In effect, the legislation affects anyone who intends to drive a HGV or LGV vehicle for financial gain. But if you’re only driving for personal use (e.g. driving a horsebox or hiring a vehicle to move personal possessions) and are over 21 – the legislation does not affect you.
Most HGV / LGV drivers will need to take the Driver CPC Initial Qualification as a first step but ALL drivers need to comply with the Driver CPC periodic training requirements.
MODULE 2 – THE CASE STUDY THEORY TEST
The Theory Test is covered under Module 2 and is included in Easy As HGV’s Driver CPC Initial Qualification package:
MODULE 4 – THE PRACTICAL TEST
The Practical Test is covered under Module 4 and is included in Easy As HGV’s Driver CPC Initial Qualification package:
Once you’ve passed the Initial Qualification you will have 5 years in which to complete 5 modules of CPC Periodic Training.
Module 2 training is done online with our modern theory test revision software. The software is totally mobile so no matter where you are you can take advantage of the sophisticated learning material which includes case studies, sample questions and mock tests to bring your knowledge up to the standard required to pass first time.
Module 4 training is done at your local Training School, usually after you’ve passed any practical vehicle tests you have booked in. There’s no driving involved in this test, but you must show the Examiner that you understand the safety features of the vehicle, that you know how to conduct rigorous checks for faults or illegal immigrants and smuggled packages, and that you understand how to load and secure the vehicle ready for a journey. The Examiner may also ask you to demonstrate the use of various different loading restraints, for example to tie a dolly knot or use a ratchet strap.
To prepare you for this test you’ll receive training from your Instructor, in which you’ll be taught to use the load restraints and will be taught to check the vehicle thoroughly. Sometimes this training will be conducted on an individual basis, and sometimes it will be done in a group session.
The Initial Qualification can be taken at 45 training locations nationwide with Easy As HGV. Our price includes both parts of the Driver CPC Initial Qualification, all of your revision materials and test fees, as well as vehicle hire for the Module 4, fuel and Instructional fees.
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