DHOOT Driving Schools Step-by-Step Guide on Driver CPC Training in East Central London
Driver CPC stands for Driver Certificate of Professional Competence. It is a mandatory qualification for professional Truck / Lorry, Coach and Bus Drivers. The primary purpose is to enhance road safety and maintain high standards of driving skills.
Who Needs Driver CPC:
All truck / lorry, coach and bus drivers seeking a career in professional driving must obtain Driver CPC.
For those driving large vehicles (HGV or LGV) for a living, a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) is a must.
Drivers with existing licenses need to complete Periodic Training to maintain their CPC.
Periodic Training is an ongoing requirement to keep drivers updated and skilled.
At Dhoot Driving School in East Central London, we offer comprehensive training.
Our courses include Initial Driver CPC for new drivers and Periodic Training for experienced ones.
Dhoot Driving School provides Language-Friendly Training:
We understand the importance of language diversity.
Our training and lessons are conducted in various languages, including Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Kashmiri, English, Polish, Albanian, Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Dari, Farsi, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Welsh and more.
All our trainers are approved by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
They are proficient in multiple languages, ensuring effective communication with learners.
Initial driver CPC
To begin your career as a truck, lorry, coach or bus driver, you’ll need to get the Initial Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). This involves four modules, each aimed at making sure new drivers have the right knowledge, skills, and understanding of safety rules.
Module 1: Theory Test
Module 1 of the CPC involves a theory test consisting of multiple-choice questions focusing on road safety, rules and vehicle operations. Additionally, there’s a hazard perception test to evaluate your ability to identify and respond to potential hazards on the road. The multiple-choice questions amount to 100, with a pass mark of 85 out of 100. For the hazard perception test, there are 19 video clips featuring 20 scoreable hazards, and the pass mark is 67 out of 100. The entire Module 1 test typically takes around 2.5 hours to complete.
Module 2: Case Studies
Module 2 of the Driver CPC, known as the Case Study Theory Test, is a computer-based assessment that delves into real-life scenarios. The test aims to simulate situations encountered in your daily driving experiences, evaluating your reasoning skills and practical application of knowledge. Framed by industry experts, questions are presented in various formats such as multiple-choice, clicking on an area or photograph, or providing short answers. The test comprises 7 case studies, each with six to eight questions. To pass, you need a total score of 40 out of 50, and the test duration is one and a half hours. You can conveniently take the test at the same centre as Module 1 and on the same day.
Module 3: Practical Driving Test
Driver CPC Module 3 consists of two distinct tests: 3a and 3b. The 3a test, named Off-Road Exercises, involves a practical demonstration of a reversing exercise. To schedule the Driver CPC part 3a test, completion of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) part 1 theory test is a prerequisite.
On the other hand, the 3b test entails on-road driving. This test comprises vehicle safety questions and one hour of practical road driving. In the vehicle safety segment, you’ll face Show Me, Tell Me Questions, involving queries about vehicle safety and tasks requiring explanations (“Tell Me”). Additionally, you might need to physically demonstrate specific safety tasks on the vehicle (“Show Me”).
Throughout the on-road driving test, the examiner keenly observes your utilization of the vehicle’s controls.
Module 4: Practical Demonstration Test
Module 4 of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) focuses on practical demonstration tests, assessing your ability to apply essential safety measures and procedures while operating a commercial vehicle. This module covers various aspects, including:
Safe Vehicle Loading and Security:
Properly loading the vehicle while adhering to safety rules.
Ensuring the secure transport of goods.
Preventing Trafficking in Illegal Immigrants:
Taking steps to prevent trafficking activities and illegal immigration.
Assessing Emergency Situations:
Evaluating and responding effectively to emergency scenarios.
Minimizing Physical Risks:
Implementing measures to reduce physical risks to yourself and others.
Vehicle Safety Check:
Conducting a thorough walk around vehicle safety check to ensure all components are in order.
The test comprises these five topics aligned with the Driver CPC syllabus. To pass, a minimum score of 15 out of 20 points is required in each individual topic area, and an overall score of at least 80 out of 100 is needed. Successful completion of Module 4 is crucial for obtaining the Driver CPC qualification.
Choosing the Order of CPC Modules
Deciding the order of CPC modules depends on your career goals, especially if you plan to be a professional driver. If your goal is not to become a professional driver at first, you should pass Module 1: Theory Test and Module 3: Practical Driving Test. However, if you later decide to pursue a career as a professional driver, you should pass Module 2: Case Study Test and Module 4: Practical Demonstration Test. Remember, it’s essential to follow the mandatory sequence: pass Module 1 before attempting Module 3 and pass Module 2 before taking on Module 4. This ensures you meet the necessary qualifications for your chosen career path, whether you initially aimed to be a professional driver or not.
After passing all four Driver CPC modules, you’ll get a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) card, also known as a ‘driver qualification card’ or ‘DQC.’ This card will be sent to the address linked to your driving licence. Make sure your licence details, photo, and signature are current, and update any changes promptly.
When driving an HGV, bus, or coach professionally, it’s mandatory to have your Driver CPC card. However, if you’ve passed the tests and are waiting for the card, you can drive temporarily without it.
If you requalified with 35 hours of training, ensure your provider records it within 5 days. Failing to do so prohibits driving while waiting for the card.
After passing the final test, expect your Driver CPC card within 20 days. Contact the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if it doesn’t arrive: Email: email@example.com; Telephone: 0300 123 7721
Driver CPC Periodic Training-
Driver CPC Periodic Training is compulsory for professional drivers, requiring 35 hours of training every five years. This ensures they maintain the qualifications necessary for professional driving. The training serves a crucial role in keeping drivers informed about industry regulations, enhancing their skills, and upholding high standards of safety and professionalism in their driving practices. It’s a commitment to continuous learning, contributing to a safer and more proficient driving community.
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