If you are, or want to become, a professional bus, or coach driver you must have a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC). Find out how to get your Driver CPC if you are new to driving professionally and what rules apply if you are an existing driver.
Driver CPC is a qualification for professional bus, coach and lorry drivers. It will:
- improve your knowledge and skills before you start driving
- develop your knowledge and skills throughout your working life
- improve road safety through better qualified drivers
If you are new to professional driving
If you are a new driver, you must pass an initial Driver CPC qualification before you can drive professionally.
The initial Driver CPC qualification is split into four parts:
- part one – theory test (multiple-choice and hazard perception)
- part two – case studies
- part three – practical test of driving ability
- part four – vehicle safety demonstration
You must pass all four parts to be able to drive professionally.
If you have Driver CPC by ‘acquired rights’
If you are an existing professional driver, you will have gained valuable experience in your work. You will have ‘acquired rights’ for five years, meaning that you will be deemed to have Driver CPC.
This applies to you if you are a bus or coach driver and got your vocational licence (D, D1, D+E and D1+E) before 10 September 2008
If you have ‘acquired rights’ you don’t need to pass the initial qualification. However, you must complete 35 hours of periodic training to keep your Driver CPC.