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Driver CPC for lorry, bus and coach drivers

The Driver CPC initial qualification

Module 2 and 4
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Driver CPC periodic training

35 hours of periodic training every 5 years
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Driver CPC initial qualification

The initial qualification has been divided into 4 modules.

The table below shows the different modules you will need to pass:

Module     Licence
Driver CPC
initial qualification
1 Theory Test - Multiple Choice questions & Hazard Perception clips 2.5hrs  
2 Case Studies 1.5hrs  
3 Practical Test 1.5hrs  
4 Driver CPC Practical Test
Vehicle Safety Demonstration


If you take your test and you are not going to be driving for a living or are
exempt (see ‘Are there any special concessions’ page 07), you will only
need to pass Modules 1 & 3.
If, at a later date, you change your mind and want to drive for a living you
would need to pass Modules 2 & 4.

Module 1 – Multiple Choice questions and Hazard Perception clips

Module 1 consists of two separate tests. The first is 100 multiple choice
questions (of which the pass mark is 85) and the second 19 hazard perception
clips with 20 score-able hazards (of which the pass mark is 67 out of 100).
The two tests take a total of 2 ½ hours to complete, but can be taken
separately and in either order.

Module 2 – Case Studies (click here for prices)

In addition to passing module 1, to obtain your Driver CPC you will also need to
pass module 2. This module is a computer based test and uses case studies,
each one based on real-life scenarios you may encounter in your working life.
It aims to test your knowledge and how you put it into practice. Written by
experts from the industry, questions are based around the case study and you
will be asked to answer in a number of different ways such as multiple choice
answers or clicking an area on a photograph / image.

Each test is made up of seven case studies, each one with six to eight questions,
with a possible maximum score of 50. The pass mark for the PCV test is 40 and
the pass mark for the LGV test is 38 (to be reviewed September 2010). The test will
take 1½ hours to complete and can be taken at the same test centre as module 1.

Drivers who already hold a Driver CPC for one category of vehicle (i.e. PCV or LGV)
and wish to obtain a Driver CPC for the other category, will need to take a Module 2
conversion test consisting of 10 case studies with a total of 50 questions. Modules
1, 3 and 4 will need to be completed in full.

Module 3 – Practical Test (click here for prices)

The practical test is made up of two parts. The first is a reversing exercise and is
carried out at the test centre. The second takes place on public roads and may
include driving on motorways, depending on where you take your test. You will
carry out exercises specific to the type of vehicle you drive.

The practical test also includes an eco-safe driving assessment which involves
the examiner taking note of how you control the vehicle and plan your driving.
This assessment does not count towards the result of the test, however the
examiner will give you feedback at the end of your test.

The test takes 1½ hours, with at least an hour of driving.

Module 4 – Driver CPC Practical Test (click here for prices)

In addition to passing module 3, to obtain your Driver CPC you will also need to
pass module 4 a practical test focussing on vehicle safety which was developed
with the support and advice of the industry. In this ½ hour test you will be required
to demonstrate your knowledge and ability in the areas listed below:

  • Ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use
  • Security of the vehicle and contents
  • Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants
  • Ability to assess emergency situations
  • Ability to prevent physical risk
  • Demonstrate your ability through a physical, walk round vehicle safety check

LGV tests may also use a piece of equipment which will allow you to demonstrate
your ability to secure loads.

The test consists of 5 topic areas which cover the Driver CPC syllabus and in order
to pass the candidate has to score 15 out of a possible 20 points in each topic area
(75%) and an overall score of 80%.


Above infomation taken from DSA