Driver CPC Periodic Professional Training

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training is a standard of professional development which continues throughout the drivers' career. Drivers must complete a minimum of 35 hours of approved training every 5 years.

Newly qualified drivers must complete their first cycle of periodic training within 5 years of the date they acquired their Driver CPC.

Drivers currently up to date with their Driver CPC periodic training and who have renewed their Driver Qualification Card (DQC) on 9 September 2019, will have until 9 September 2024 to complete their next batch of 35 hours of periodic training.

Drivers who do not maintain their Driver CPC because they left the industry, but who wish to resume working as a professional driver, must complete 35 hours of periodic training in order to regain their Driver CPC before they can resume working professionally.

Only approved courses taken with approved training centres will count towards periodic training.

Subjects Covered

Periodic training is designed to complement the individual drivers to work and be relevant to their everyday job. Courses may include defensive driving techniques, first aid, health & safety, driver's hour's regulations and tachographs. Courses will also enable drivers to keep up to date with changing regulations. The syllabus broadly covers:

  • Safe and fuel-efficient driving
  • Legal requirements
  • Health and Safety, service and logistics.

There is no requirement for a course to include a test or pass/fail element.

Taking a Training Course

You must take one of these items to your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training course:

  • A photocard driving licence
  • A valid passport
  • A digital tachograph card
  • A Driver DQC card

You are required to attend courses, but there are no tests or exams to pass at the end of them. Instead, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance that belongs to you, your employer is not allowed to keep it.

Your Driver CPC Training Record

The training centre will add your training to your Driver CPC training record.

If the training is not showing on your record within 5 days of the course, contact the centre where you attended your training 

Problems with a Training Course

You can email the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) if you think the training provided was not to the correct standard, e.g. the course did not last as long advised.


The minimum length of a training course is 7 hours of contact time with the trainer. Where a course of 7 hours is split into two parts the second must start within 24 hours of completion of the first part.

The approval process for delivering Periodic Training

The approval process for the training courses is managed on behalf of The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT).

All training centres and courses are subject to audit and approval and may be withdrawn if either is found to be non-compliant with the approval criteria or if the trainers delivering the training are not suitably experienced.

Trainers are not required to be formally approved, but training centres will have to certify that anyone contracted to deliver periodic training is suitably experienced, both in the subject matter and in teaching methods.

A current list of approved training centres can be found through the JAUPT website, address details and a link can be found here -

If you want to know more about Driver CPC Training, please visit the DVSA