Driver CPC Periodic Training


At the introduction of Driver CPC all drivers were given “acquired rights” for a period of 5 years resulting in PCV drivers needing to complete the Driver CPC by September 2013 and truck drivers by September 2014.

To be employed as a paid professional driver you must attend 35 hours (or 5 days of 7 hours training) of Driver CPC Periodic Training every 5 years to keep your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

If you drive both lorries and buses professionally you will only need to complete one set of 35 hours of Driver CPC periodic training every 5 years in the country where you work or are normally resident.

When the 5-year Driver CPC Training Period Starts

Each 5-year period starts from 5 years before your current Driver CPC qualification runs out – not from the date you completed your last 35 hours of training.

Deadline for New Professional Drivers

For new truck drivers who have taken Initial Driver CPC Modules 2 (case study) & Module 4 (practical demonstration) you must complete periodic training by 5 years from the date you got the initial qualification.

Deadlines for Drivers who had or have Acquired Rights

Training block Lorry driver Bus or coach
Dual-category (lorry, bus and coach)
First block of training 9 September 2014 9 September 2013 9 September 2013
Second block of training 9 September 2019 9 September 2018 9 September 2019*
Third block of training 9 September 2024 9 September 2023 9 September 2024


*Dual-category drivers will have 6 years to do their second block of training, rather than the usual 5 years.

After the deadline has passed, you are not able to drive professionally until you have completed 35 hours of CPC periodic training. You can do more than 35 hours, but you can’t carry the extra hours over for the next block of training.

Training you’ve already done will stay valid for 5 years and won’t be lost after the deadline.

Further information regarding Driver CPC Periodic Training can be viewed on the following link: