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Driver CPC training scope and syllabus

Introduction
Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is a new Initial Qualification for drivers entering the lorry, coach and bus industries which they must complete in order to drive professionally. All professional/vocational lorry, bus and coach drivers must undertake periodic training in order to maintain their Driver CPC. In future, just holding a vocational driving licence will not be sufficient for someone who chooses to drive these vehicles for a living.

From 10th September 2008, all PSV drivers who are eligible are required to complete a drivers' CPC qualification within 5 years. For drivers of LGV's, this will come into affect from 10th September 2009.

Scope and Training
Driver CPC applies to drivers of vehicles on roads open to the public and for which a driving licence in any of the following categories is required;

Those drivers listed above will have to hold a Driver CPC if they wish to drive professionally.

The start dates for drivers CPC are;

Driver CPC aims
In order to maintain their Driver CPC, all category C and D licence holders (including C, C1, C1E and D, D1, DE, D1E) will be required to undertake 35 hours Periodic Training every 5 years.
The Driver CPC also introduces a new Initial Qualification for drivers entering the industries after these September dates which they must complete in order to drive professionally.
The main aim behind the Driver CPC is to improve road safety; providing better qualified drivers to help reduce road casualties. Driver CPC should also bring an improved professional and positive image to the industries, attracting more people to drive buses, coaches and lorries for a living. It is aimed not only at improving the knowledge and skills of LGV and PCV drivers when they first start work, but also ensuring those skills are maintained and developed throughout the driver's working life.

It is important to note that any lorry of 3.5 tonnes and upwards and minibuses with 9 seats or more are covered by the Driver CPC.

Driver CPC will enable young people to enter these sectors in a safe and professional manner, from 18 years of age, subject to any licence restrictions for category D drivers (see 'Minimum ages' section under Driver CPC evidencing, enforcement and exemptions).

Subject Areas
Both the initial qualification and periodic training for the Driver CPC will be based on the same syllabus.

The syllabus has three main subject areas, which are:

Periodic training should revise and expand on the subjects and should suit the needs of the driver at that time.

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Syllabus Objectives
For the initial qualification, a test plan has been developed that shows in which module the various syllabus areas will be tested - this is reproduced below, based upon the objective requirements for each syllabus.

Syllabus and
Reference
Drivers CPC Drivers knowledge of Objective Modules applicable (coloured)
Syllabus 1 Advanced training in rational driving based on safety regulations M1 M2 M3 M4
All Licenses
  1.1 Objective - to know the characteristics of the transmission system in order to make the best possible use of it Curves relating to torque, power, and specific consumption of an engine, area of optimum use of revolution counter, gearbox ratio cover diagrams        
  1.2 Objective - to know the technical characteristics and operation of the safety controls in order to control the vehicle, minimise wear and tear and prevent disfunctioning Specific features of hydraulic vacuum servobrake circuit, limits to the use of brakes and retarder, combined use of brakes and retarder, making better use of speed and gear ratio, making use of vehicle inertia, using ways of slowing down and braking on downhill stretches, action in the event of failure        
  1.3 Objective - ability to optimise fuel consumption Optimisation of fuel consumption by applying know how as regards points 1.1 and 1.2 (above)        
Licences C, C+E, C1, C1+E
  1.4 Objective - ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use Forces affecting vehicles in motion, use of gearbox-ratios according to vehicle load and road profile, calculation of payload of vehicle or assembly, calculation of total volume, load distribution, consequences of overloading the axle, vehicle stability and centre of gravity, types of packaging and pallets; main categories of goods needing securing, clamping and securing techniques, use of securing straps, checking of securing devices, use of handling equipment, placing and removal of tarpaulins        
Licences D, D+E, D1, D1+E
  1.5 Objective - ability to ensure passenger comfort and safety Adjusting longitudinal and sideways movements, road sharing, position on the road, smooth braking, overhang operation, using specific infrastructures (public areas, dedicated lanes), managing conflicts between safe driving and other roles as a driver, interacting with passengers, the needs of certain groups of passengers (disabled persons, children)        
  1.6 Objective - ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use Forces affecting vehicles in motion, use of gearbox ratios according to vehicle load and road profile, calculation of payload of vehicle or assembly, load distribution, consequences of overloading the axle, vehicle stability and centre of gravity        

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Syllabus and
Reference
Drivers CPC Drivers knowledge of Objective Modules applicable (coloured)
Syllabus 2 Application of Regulations M1 M2 M3 M4
All Licenses
  2.1 Objective - to know the social environment of road transport and the rules governing it Maximum working periods specific to the transport industry; principles, application and consequences of Regulations (EEC) 561/06 and 3821/85; penalties for failure to use, improper use of and tampering with the tachograph; knowledge of the social environment of road transport: rights and duties of drivers as regards initial qualification and periodic training        
Licences C, C+E, C1, C1+E
  2.2 Objective - to know the regulations governing the carriage of goods Transport operating licences, obligations under standard contracts for the carriage of goods, drafting of documents which form the transport contract, international transport permits, obligations under the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road, drafting of the international consignment note, crossing borders, freight forwarders, special documents accompanying goods        
Licences D, D+E, D1, D1+E
  2.3 Objective - to know the regulations governing the carriage of passengers Carriage of specific groups of passengers, safety equipment on board buses, safety belts, vehicle load        

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Syllabus and
Reference
Drivers CPC Drivers knowledge of Objective Modules applicable (coloured)
Syllabus 3 Health, road and environmental safety, service, logistics M1 M2 M3 M4
All Licenses
  3.1 Objective - to make drivers aware of the risks of the road and of accidents at work Types of accidents at work in the transport sector, road accident statistics, involvement of lorries/coaches/buses, human, material and financial consequences        
  3.2 Objective - ability to prevent originality and trafficking in illegal immigrants General information, implications for drivers, preventive measures, check list, legislation on transport operator liability        
  3.3 Objective - ability to prevent physical risks Ergonomic principles; movements and postures which pose a risk, physical fitness, handling exercises, personal protection        
  3.4 Objective - awareness of the importance of physical and mental ability Principles of healthy, balanced eating, effects of alcohol, drugs or any other substance likely to affect behaviour, symptoms, causes, effects of fatigue and stress, fundamental role of the basic work/rest cycle        
  3.5 Objective - ability to assess emergency situations Behaviour in an emergency situation: assessment of the situation, avoiding complications of an accident, summoning assistance, assisting casualties and giving first aid, reaction in the event of fire, evacuation of occupants of a lorry/bus/coach passengers, ensuring the safety of all passengers, reaction in the event of aggression; basic principles for the drafting of an accident report        
  3.6 Objective - ability to adopt behaviour to help enhance the image of the company Behaviour of the driver and company image: importance for the company of the standard of service provided by the driver, the roles of the driver, people with whom the driver will be dealing, vehicle maintenance, work organisation, commercial and financial effects of a dispute        
Licences C, C+E, C1, C1+E
  3.7 Objective - to know the economic environment of road haulage and the organisation of the market Road transport in relation to other modes of transport (competition, shippers), different road transport activities (transport for hire or reward, own account, auxiliary transport activities), organisation of the main types of transport company and auxiliary transport activities, different transport specialisations (road tanker, controlled temperature, etc.), changes in the industry (diversification of services provided, rail-road, subcontracting, etc.)        
Licences D, D+E, D1, D1+E
  3.8 Objective - to know the economic environment of the carriage of passengers by road and the organisation of the market Carriage of passengers by road in relation to other modes of passenger transport (rail, private car), different activities involving the carriage of passengers by road, crossing borders (international transport), organisation of the main types of companies for the carriage of passengers by road.        

The Directive
The link below will take you to the EC policy document concerning the Drivers CPC.

Driver CPC Training Directive 2003/59/EC PDF logo
Driver CPC - Freight Best Practice PDF logo

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