According to the directives of European Union, each and every professional driver of minibuses, coaches and buses and all other vehicles that carry passengers along with the LGV vehicles that weigh more than 3.5 tonnes must obtain the training certificate in Driver CPC. CPC stands for the Driver Certificate for Professional Competence. It is considered as an essential requirement if you wish to drive the vehicles professionally on road.
It has been introduced by the European Union for the maintenance and also overall improvement of the professional standards of all those drivers who wish to commercially drive their passenger vehicles along with proper road safety and also in the process the image of the industry of transports.
All the commercial drivers and also those who have passed and obtained their driving license before January 1997 must undergo a 35 hours periodic training on Driver CPC in every 5 years while also continuing with their professional service. Also all those who are new in this driving professional and wish to drive professionally in the categories of C1, C, C+E, C1+ E or D1, D+E, D1+E after September 2009 must also obtain the Driver CPC certification by passing the four driver CPC modules. The four driver CPC modules are:
Module 1- Theory Test, Module 2- CPC Case Study, Module 3- Practical Driving Test, and Module 4- Practical Demonstration Test.
The detailed information about Initial qualification for Driver CPC
The initial qualification for the driver CPC involves four hours of theory testing and also 2 hours of practical testing. There is also some extra theory testing for 2.5 hours and 30 minutes of practical testing. All these tests are equivalent to NVQ level 2. The Driver CPC syllabus consists of the theory and the practical tests of which the theory test is classified into three sub categories by the names, module 1a, module 1b, and module 2.
The module 2 of driver CPC involves the driver CPC case studies. Along with the driving license, you must also avail the Driver Certificate for Professional Competence initial qualification if you want to drive commercially and professionally. Once you get the certification qualification, you will also get a driver qualification card that you must keep with you at all those times when you are driving on road.
This post briefs you in detail about the CPC module 2.
This module deals with the case studies. It is much similar to the theory tests and can be carried out online. It takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the test. Usually there are seven case studies and each of them has around 6 to 8 questions that you must answer during the test duration. Each of these case studies is also based on cases and situations from real life that each professional drivers face frequently while driving commercially.
The pass marks for this module is 40 and the maximum that you can get is 50. If however, you already have the certification for a particular vehicle category, and also wish to take the test for another category of vehicle, you must take the conversion test and also a part two case study. This consists of a total of 10 case studies and also 50 questions.
The case studies are such that they are ideal for testing your knowledge about driving and also the implementation and application of the knowledge that you have obtained while learning to drive. You must pass all the four modules of the Driver CPC qualifications in order to get the certification for professional driving.
The function of the DSA
The DSA functions as the supervisor of Driver CPC on behalf of the transport department. You will not be able to work professionally unless you have been exempted from the driver CPC training under special circumstances. You must also understand that this periodic training on Driver CPC has an impact on all those drivers who requires renewing their vocational license because of health and age related reasons.
Rules and regulation for the implementation of Driver CPC
This certification training is applicable to all the member states of European Union and so all the professional drivers must also qualify this test for commercial driving. The vehicles that are used for the training of this driver CPC for initial qualification must also be able to satisfy the minimum set standards that are in place for the vocational test for driving.
The N/SVQs also support the initial driver CPC training program
The NVQ can also be aligned with the initial CPC. Only the training courses that are approved by JAUPT are treated as the periodic training.
The syllabus for the qualification of Initial Driver CPC
There are three main subjects in this qualification training module:
- Advanced training in rational driving and safety regulations
- Application and implementation of the regulations
- Environmental services, health, roads, safety and logistics.
You can also obtain the periodic driver CPC training via the online training mode when it is overseen by a trainer supervisor with different training tools. If you drive the LGV and the PCV vehicles professionally, you need not go through this driver CPC training twice, instead it is good enough to complete one course of 35 hours.
The Driver CPC training is a flexible training and you can complete the course in two days in the first year and three days in the fifth year. Once you complete all the modules successfully, you will also be assigned a driver qualification card which is essential for driving professionally.
The trainers who provide the training for the initial driver CPC qualification must also have complete idea and knowledge about the subject matters and the different teaching methods. They must also have proper experience as professional drivers along with proper certification. And this is where the role of Dhoot Driving School comes in. We at Dhoot Driving School provide complete classroom based training along with online training and other study related materials like the books, CDs etc. We also offer complete vehicle training. All our training vehicles are maintained as per the set standards provided by the Driving Standards Agency. The best benefit of joining us is that all our trainers are approved by the DSA and we also provide the training in different languages other than English. Some of the other languages that you can get the training include, Albanian, Hindi, Arabic, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Cantonese, Farsi, Kurdish, Dari, Kashmiri, Portugese, Mirpuri, Polish, Turkish, Pushto, Welsh, Urdu, Tamil, Spanish etc.
For more details on the driver CPC training and related subject matters you can contact us at Dhoot Driving School.