Gist People Services
Driver CPC training - time to get started
Anyone who wishes to drive a bus, coach or lorry for a living will need to hold the driver CPC (driver certificate of professional competence) qualification in addition to their vocational driving licence under EU directive (2003/59.)
To meet this requirement, all bus, lorry and coach drivers must
complete a minimum of 35 hours of periodic training before
September 2014. This can be made up of seven hours training per
The Driver CPC course is designed to improve on existing driving
skills and knowledge and is a mandatory requirement for all
What is periodic training?
Drivers are required to complete 35 hours of periodic Driver CPC
training within five years. The minimum length of a course (or
module) to count towards this total is seven hours. By completing
the Driver CPC training in modules of seven hours 'periodically',
the driver ensures they are obtaining ongoing professional
Why start now?
Delaying the start of periodic training is of no benefit to a
driver as they may find that they struggle to complete the 35 hours
within the five years. The sooner the driver engages on the
training, the sooner their skills are refreshed and their knowledge
and skills are updated, enhancing their professionalism.
Who is affected by the Driver CPC training requirement?
Professional drivers of Category C or D vehicles (including
subcategories C1, CE, C1E, D1, DE, D1E) must complete 35 hours of
approved training. Drivers of lorries over 3.5 tonnes and minibuses
with nine seats or more must obtain a Driver CPC. Holders of a CPC
for transport operations (also know as the Operator's CPC) also
need to complete approved Driver CPC training if they are driving
Category C or D vehicles. The CPC for transport operators is a
different qualification. New drivers wishing to obtain a vocational
licence to drive professionally will need to pass the Driver CPC
Why choose Gist People Services as your Driver CPC training
Gist People Services are an RTITB consortium member and an award
winning training company sharing the Gist values of:
- Customer Partnership
- Excellence in Delivery
- People Focus
We create high quality, cost effective, operationally aligned
solutions consistent with our reputation within the logistics
industry. We are constantly and consistently delivering high
quality training to all of our own drivers and this makes our
training not only useful and relevant, but interesting and
innovative. We train from experience and can tailor our training to
ensure all drivers gain added value from our courses.
Our seven hour periodic training courses are competitively
priced and include the DSAupload, lunch, refreshments,
certification and course materials. Courses are held frequently
throughout the country and can take place either in our Gist
training centres within our depots, or on your own premises.
Module 1: Drivers' Hours and Tachographs
1a Analogue tachographs
- EU regulations, the use of tachographs and drivers
responsibilities for keeping records
- Break periods, maximum daily driving time & daily rest
- Maximum weekly driving time & weekly rest periods
- Maximum fortnightly driving time & split daily rest.
1b Digital tachographs
- Governing regulations and the operating system
- Unit main features, memory functions, pictograms, types of
cards and their uses
- Universal coordinated time (UTC) and the manual entry
- Login/logout procedures, displays and messages
- Printouts and printer operating procedures and record keeping
when using both digital and analogue tachographs.
Module 2: Safe Vehicle Operations and Loading
2a Vehicle & load handling systems
- Vehicle braking systems, vehicle control, minimising wear and
tear, prevention of failure
- Trailer coupling systems and safe operating procedures
- Different systems used to contain loads
- Handling equipment for loading and unloading vehicles.
2b Safe vehicle loading
- Procedures for loading a vehicle with due regard for the safety
of persons coming into contact with the vehicle or its load
- Distribution of vehicle loads, calculation of axle weights;
consequences of overloading; penalties, fines and prohibitions
- Different methods for securing loads
- Principles of vehicle stability.
Module 3: Safe and Economic Driving
3a Principles of safe, defensive and economic driving
- Safe and defensive driving techniques
- Fuel efficient driving techniques
- Procedures for daily vehicle checks, fault finding and
reporting of faults.
3b Techniques of safe, economic and defensive driving
- Conform with safe driving procedures
- Apply defensive driving techniques
- Apply economic driving techniques.
Module 4: Health and Safety in Transport Operations
4a Health and safety in transport
- Issues relating to health and safety policies, awareness of
risks, risk assessment, working with moving equipment, other
- Types of accidents in the workplace, legal requirement for
reporting accidents, danger associated with the use of mobile
- What trained personnel should do at road traffic collision
scenes, basic principles of accident report writing.
4b Personal wellbeing, transport health and safety
- Manual handling techniques, ergonomic principles, risks
associated with incorrect body movements and postures
- Importance and benefits of physical fitness; importance of
healthy balanced eating; effects of alcohol and drugs; dealing with
fatigue and stress
- Common causes of slips, trips and falls and preventative
- Different types of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the
importance of correct use.
Module 5: Safe, Efficient and Secure Transport Operations
5a Company procedures and customer
- Efficient systems and procedures for dealing with company
documentation, e.g. time sheets, delivery notes, incident
- Working time regulations
- The importance of professional behaviour in protecting and
enhancing a companies' image
- Route planning; techniques for accurate assessment of journey
5b Secure transport operations
- The operator licensing system.
- Driver responsibilities for vehicle and load security.
- The main terms of contracts for the carriage of goods and other
legal documents and obligations in international transport
- Effective strategies to combat the trafficking of illegal