Run a Driver CPC training course

Run a Driver CPC training course

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Guidance Run a Driver CPC training course

How to run and manage a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) periodic training course.


Who can provide courses


You must be an approved training centre to provide Driver CPC periodic training courses.


You have to apply to get approval for:

  • your training centre
  • any courses you want to provide


Find out how to set up a Driver CPC training centre.

Provide privacy information when drivers book your course


You must provide privacy information to drivers at the time you collect their personal data from them.

You can do this using a privacy notice. This must be easy to understand and easily accessible.

You can download a template of a privacy notice to use. As a data controller, you’re legally responsible for making sure your actual privacy notice is accurate and explains how you collect and use data.

Check the Information Commissioner’s Office guidance on the right to be informed for more information about what you must include.


Privacy notice (example)

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Send joining instructions


You should send joining instructions to each driver before the course takes place. These should include:

  • the course’s start and end times
  • the length of the course (for example, 7 hours excluding breaks)
  • details of your cancellation policy
  • whether lunch is provided
  • a contact number so drivers can tell you about any special requirements


You can download an example of joining instructions.


Joining instructions (example)

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Register delegates and check their identities


It’s the centre’s responsibility to record attendance and ID checks. If you want to use the example above, this guidance will help you complete it.

You can download a template of a registration sheet to use.


Attendance register (example)

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Comments section


It should include a comments section to note if the course was not delivered to a delegate because:

  • their licence was not valid
  • the delegate did not finish the course because they were unwell
  • of other reasons, for example, the driver was late for the course and was turned away


Write the details of an identity check the comments section.

Write ‘Do not upload’ if the delegate did not finish the course and cross through the record.

The attendance record should show when your course runs over 2 consecutive days or if 2 modules are taken each day.


Check the identity of drivers


You must check the identity of all drivers using one of these forms of photo ID:

  • a photocard driving licence
  • a valid passport
  • a digital tachograph card
  • a driver qualification card (DQC)


Check the driving licence entitlement


You must check that all drivers have the right entitlement on their licence. Only drivers with large goods vehicle (LGV) or passenger carrying vehicle (PCV) entitlement can have periodic training recorded for them.

Introduce the course


You should set enough time for a welcome and introduction session. This should include:

  • a health and safety briefing
  • information about welfare facilities
  • the course aims and objectives
  • an opportunity for drivers to share their experiences and knowledge
  • timings for the course
  • the conduct expected, such as:
    • use of mobile phones
    • mutual respect and confidentiality

Train the drivers using your approved course


Drivers should complete 7 hours of training a year and aim to cover a range of subjects. They should not repeat the same course unless there is a specific need. If DVSA believe you have knowingly allowed a driver to repeat courses, they may revoke the driver’s periodic training hours, or their Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) card. DVSA may also take action against you for knowingly delivering repeat training.


You must:

  • link the course content to the syllabus - training requirements are contained in Annex 1 in Directive 2003/59 EU, amended by the Annex in the revised Directive 2018/645 EU

  • be up-to-date with current legislation


You do not have to cover the full content of the syllabus - you can focus on parts of it.

You can include content that goes beyond the content in the Directive (2003/59 EU) and the revised Directive (2018/645 EU) as long as it’s linked to the syllabus and is an expansion on a Directive topic.


Course content rules


Your course content must be equivalent to at least a level 2 vocational qualification.


The UK qualifications regulator defines a level 2 as:

Competence which involves the application of knowledge and skills in a significant range of varied work activities, performed in a variety of contexts. Some of the activities are complex or non-routine, and there is some individual responsibility and autonomy. Collaboration with others, perhaps through membership of a work group or team, may often be a requirement.


Training should:

  • have specific emphasis on road safety, health and safety at work, and the reduction of the environmental impact of driving
  • cover a variety of subjects including one road safety-related subject
  • take into account developments in relevant legislation and technology
  • consider the specific training needs of the driver


Training can be delivered:

  • as classroom teaching
  • as practical training
  • as e-learning (this should not exceed 2 hours in each 7 hour course)
  • on top-of-the-range simulators




You can apply to have e-learning included in your Driver CPC course. Drivers attending your course can access this training before classroom training. E-learning is limited to a maximum of 2 hours per 7 hour course with the other 5 hours being delivered in a classroom setting.


If you want to deliver training this way you will need to:

  • make sure the standard of training is the same level as classroom-based training (at least a level 2 vocational qualification)
  • only select subjects that can be taught digitally
  • be able to verify the identity of the trainee and prove they have participated and keep evidence of this for audit purposes
  • provide devices on-site for those who do not have their own
  • monitor start and finish times and be able to show the e-learning module was completed in full


Courses for LGV or PCV drivers or both


Your course content should apply to the LGV or PCV sector, or it can be for both. The course content can be very different for each.

You can run the course to a mixed group of drivers and extend the course time if you need to, so that both LGV and PCV drivers get full training.


Example - You can send the LGV drivers on a break while the PCV drivers get specific training, or the other way around.


Course length


Your periodic training course must:

  • be delivered in periods of at least 7 hours, which may be split over 2 consecutive days
  • last for the required time - short delivery is not allowed
  • be delivered as approved


You need to make sure there’s enough approved content to fill the course.

Only direct contact time with a trainer counts toward periodic training unless the course contains an element of e-learning. You can use more than one trainer to make sure the drivers have enough contact time.


Modular courses


A modular course is a 7-hour course made up of 2 separate modules.

You could have 4 3½-hour modules approved (A, B, C, D). You can run these in any combination to make a 7-hour course, for example, AB, CD, BC, AD, AC, or BD.

A modular course can be split into 2 sessions, which must be taken on consecutive days. There’s no limit on how many modules can be in a modular course.


Practical activities


You can include practical activities in your course. If only one driver is doing the practical activity the other drivers must be doing learning activities so they get at least 7 hours of training.


Other course content


Drivers can take training in accordance with other transport-related EU Directives, DVSA will allow up to 14 hours of this training to be recognised for Driver CPC. This may include training on the transport of dangerous goods (ADR training taken under Directive 2008/68/EC) and other courses.

Drivers are not allowed to repeat other transport-related courses within a 5-year period with the exception of ADR courses. An ADR course can be taken for up to 2 of the 7 hour periods, provided that they are the only ‘other’ courses taken into account in the 35 hour training period.


Uploading other courses to the training record


Drivers will need to email DVSA [email protected] if they have done a course that they want uploading, or if they want to check if DVSA will recognise a course as periodic training. They need to include:

  • the date they completed the training
  • their driving license number, date of birth and address
  • evidence that they have completed a relevant course, for example a training certificate


DVDs and video clips


You can use DVDs within the content of the course.

Plan for problems with running your course


Make sure that you have plans in place to deal with problems when you’re running your course.


Computer failure


You can use paper copies of slides if you have a computer problem.


Bad weather


You can:

  • change the running order on the day to avoid bad weather
  • use a classroom session if it’s not possible to have a practical session outside


Running ahead of schedule


You can use standby material if you think your periodic training course might finish early.

This can be more in-depth but must be relevant to the approved course content.


Delegates who need more help


Check the knowledge of delegates at the start of the course to work out which sections you might need to spend more time on. This could mean you reduce the time spent on other sections.

Collect feedback and evaluate the course


Evaluate approved training courses:

  • for their quality
  • so that improvements can be made


Get feedback from:

  • drivers attending the course
  • the operators who paid for the course


Give course evaluation forms to drivers to fill in if they want to. You can download a template form to use.


Driver feedback form (example)

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The form should include:

  • the course title
  • the date it was run
  • a specific trainer’s name
  • a space for the driver’s details which they can optionally give


Other ways to evaluate the course


You can:

  • check how effective the training was
  • use a short question and answer session or quiz paper that is reviewed as a group


You cannot:

  • have formal exams and tests within periodic training
  • issue a pass or fail for the evaluation session


Review your course


Reviews should look at the content of the course so you know if delegates:

  • found the information useful
  • thought the course was engaging and pitched at the right level


Your review should:

  • identify opportunities for continual improvement
  • look at the performance of your trainers and whether some were more effective than others
  • consider if the right number of attendees were on the course so you can make changes in future


You should keep evaluation records and they should be available if you’re audited.

Give a certificate of attendance


Give a certificate of attendance to the driver. Drivers need evidence of completing periodic training to be able to continue working.

You can download a template of a certificate to use.


Certificate of attendance (example)

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What the certificate needs to include


The certificate needs to include the:

  • driver’s full name
  • course name and number (as they appear on your certificate of approval)
  • centre name and number (as they appear on your certificate of approval)
  • length of the course in hours
  • date the course was completed
  • signature of the trainer or senior person responsible (this can be handwritten or electronic)
  • Driver CPC logo (you need to get permission to use this and follow the rules)
  • website address - (the service to check how many hours of periodic training the driver’s done)


You can also include your company logo.

Record the training you provide


You must record the training within 5 working days of the course ending.

You need to keep a separate record of the date you record the training. You can use the service to print a receipt of the details you’ve recorded. These records can be used as proof of training in the event of:

  • an enquiry
  • a complaint
  • a system failure


Keep your records in accordance with:


The lead centre in a consortium should keep the records.

Your records must be available for inspection by auditors. Uploaded training can be cancelled if you do not have good enough records of it.

Your approval can be suspended or withdrawn if there are continuing issues with record-keeping.

From: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Published 27 October 2015

Last updated 23 July 2020


Updated due to change in legislation.

Updated the guidance about the privacy information you must provide to drivers at the time you collect their personal data from them.

Updated information about how you should keep training records.

Updated the example about running a course with a mix of theory and practical sessions.

Removed the rule about including the driver's driving licence number on the certificate of attendance, and updated the example certificate of attendance.

Added information about including content about vulnerable road users where it's appropriate.

A new version of the Joining instructions (example) has been published.

First published.

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