Initial Driver CPC

Aims and Objectives

Initial Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is required for all new drivers of C1 or above who wish to drive for a living, or where the vehicle use would be classed as “hire & reward”. If you are a new LGV driver but passed your actual driving test after January 1997 this applies to you. If you passed your actual car test before 1997 you hold ‘acquired’ or ‘grandfather rights’ for C1 then you will require the Periodic Driver CPC.

Content and Course Design

Module 2

The case study questions are based around a scenario or pictures, questions are then asked based on these, the answers to which should be know from the knowledge gained through the Theory test, essentially Module 2 is designed to assess:

·       Knowledge (basic recall of facts)

·       Comprehension (basic understanding)

·       Application (practical use of knowledge and understanding)

The case studies part of the initial Driver CPC qualification lasts for 90 minutes, 15 minutes to acquaint yourself with the system and 75 minutes to answer questions.

The case studies test is conducted on a VDU, essentially the same as you did your Theory Test on, you will be presented with between 6-8 different case studies based around real-life scenarios, you will then get between 5-10 questions relating to each case study. You will need to answer 50 questions in total and achieve a pass mark of 40.

Module 4

Both the training and DVSA practical test is undertaken at our accredited Centre in Atherton, by our own examiners.

The test itself consists of 5 topic areas, to pass you need to score 15 out of a possible 20 points in each topic area (75%) but achieve an overall score of 80%

In all topic areas listed below, our examiners will be looking for you to identify and mention key elements relating to the question asked.

·       Ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use

·       Security of your vehicle and its contents

·       Demonstrate an ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants and contraband

·       Demonstrate an ability to assess emergency situations

·       Demonstrate an ability to prevent physical risk

Course Dates

Module 2 – dependant on DVSA Theory Test availability

Module 4 – scheduled monthly throughout the year.

Please contact our Course Information and Booking Team at your preferred location or email for further details.

Alternatively, you can contact us through our contact page.

Course Duration

Module 2 – allocation of 90 minutes – 75 minutes to complete answers
Module 4 Training – 3 hours
Module 4 DVSA Practical Test – maximum of 40 minutes

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Course Locations

Manchester Academy

Academy House, 255 Gloucester Street, Atherton, Manchester, M46 0JD

Call: 01942 874 686

Burnley Academy

17 Kestrel Court, Network 65 Business Park, Burnley, Lancashire, BB11 5NA

Call: 01282 332 098


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