Driver CPC: Mythbusting “Fact or Fiction” quiz

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The Driver CPC deadline is just months away. Despite having been around for some time now, there still seems to be quite a bit of confusion surrounding the rules. So, here’s a quick “Fact or Fiction” quiz that will set the record straight and help you avoid getting caught by those Driver CPC myths!


As long as you've started your CPC training, you can drive professionally.

If you don't already hold a CPC entitlement, you'll need to COMPLETE either your module 2&4 tests, or 35 hours of periodic training BEFORE you can drive LGVs or PCVs professionally.

If you passed your car test before 1997 or your LGV test before September 2009, you don't need to do CPC training.

If you passed your car test in the UK before 1 Jan 1997, or your LGV test before 9 Sep 2009 you were given "acquired rights". This means you didn't have to have CPC between 2009 (when it was introduced for lorry drivers) and 2014. After 9 September 2014, ALL professional drivers that weren't covered by an exception needed the training.

Periodic training is just sitting in a classroom with a powerpoint.

It can involve classroom based training, but CPC hours can also be registered for our HIAB, Forklift and other practical training options.

You can complete the same module five times over and still get your CPC.

Surprisingly, this is true. However, we like to mix it up a bit, with over 20 modules available we only repeat the essential information so you won't end up falling asleep!

You have to do all five days in a row to get your CPC

You can spread your CPC training days over anything up to five years. After five years if the module you attended has not been used to generate a Driver Qualification Card (DQC) it will no longer be valid so you will have to do an additional day to complete your training.

You have to do initial CPC for your first Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

Not necessarily. If you passed your LGV test before 9 September 2009 or your car test in the UK before 1 January 1997, then you'll have the option of doing periodic training instead.

CPC is not relevant for drivers that have been doing the job a long time.

Though many people might say it, this is not the case. Training will bring even the most experienced drivers up to date with legislation and rule changes and best practice. Their experience can also be very useful for the less experienced drivers on the course.

CPC hours on the same course can apply to both your LGV and PCV licence.

Note that this isn't automatically the case, so check with your training provider before you book. However, our courses are all applicable to both LGV and PCV licence categories.

When we leave the EU, Driver CPC will be redundant.

Although it may depend on the final agreement between the UK and the EU, the vast majority of experts expect the requirement to continue. In 2007 the UK included it in domestic legislation.

You can drive as soon as you have completed your periodic training, even if you don't have your card.

This is true, although your attendance must have been registered with the DVSA. Your training provider has up to five days to do this from the date of the training so make sure you check before you do drive professionally. Typically we upload ours on the same day of the training.

You can split a 7 hour module into two 3.5 hour modules.

You can do this, although the two 3.5 hour modules must be done within 24 hours of each other. E.g. 07:00-10:30 day one, then 07:00-10:30 day two.