Although Driver CPC effects both passenger and truck drivers in the same way we have chosen to differentiate between the two in order to present the information as clearly as possible for our customers. This information is up to date to the best of our knowledge as of the 1st of October 2009.
Below the issues surrounding Truck Driver CPC are addressed:
Driver CPC is a Certificate in Professional Competence for professional truck and bus drivers. Its purpose is to set and maintain high standards of safety and driving among drivers of trucks and buses across Europe.
Driver CPC affects all truck and bus drivers who hold a relevant full licence from the 10th of September 2008 and the 10th of September 2009 respectively.
If you drive a truck professionally (i.e drive and get paid for it) you will need to undertake Driver CPC training. This applies to all professional truck drivers whether they are full time or part time and whether they drive on public or private roads.
It is important to highlight that Driver CPC will not affect your driving licence. If you do not undertake Driver CPC courses you still have your licence but will not be able to drive professionally.
Contrary to common belief if you hold a Transport Manager CPC you still must complete a Driver CPC.
It is important to highlight that Driver CPC is not the same as Transport Manager CPC. Bus drivers currently holding a Transport Manager CPC will still need to undertake Driver CPC courses.
Driver CPC Exemptions include drivers of:
Under law, the Garda Siochana and RSA Transport Officers have the authority to enforce Driver CPC.
As of the 10th of September 2009 Driver CPC will be introduced to Ireland for truck drivers. From this date on existing truck drivers will need to partake in one days Driver CPC training per year for the remainder of their professional career. This is referred to as Periodic Training
New truck drivers will have to complete CPC theory and practical tests before obtaining their Driver CPC. However, truck drivers who hold a full truck licence before the 10th of September 2009 have what is called acquired rights. They will have to complete Periodic Training but are omited from having to complete practical and theory CPC tests.
Periodic training consists of at least 35 hours training every five years. This must be broken up into blocks of 7 hours training per year. In other words, truck drivers must complete a Driver CPC course for one day each year.
It is important to note that these courses must be spread out over the course of 5 years and drivers cannot undertake more than one days Driver CPC training per year. It does not involve a driving test or assessment.
Periodic training will help truck drivers improve their knowledge and skills to make sure they are drivers of the highest professional standard. It will also help them keep up to date with changes in the industry and to benefit from training throughout their professional career.
It takes five years (one day course per year consisting of 7 hours training) to obtain your Driver CPC. If you complete all your periodic training within the 5 years you will receive a card recording your Driver CPC, your photograph and your signature. If you do not complete all your training within the 5 year timeframe you will not be eligible for a Driver CPC card and therefore you will not qualify to work as a professional driver. Periodic training must still be completed each year after recieving your Driver CPC card in order to keep it valid.
Both professional drivers and the haulage and transport industries will benefit from the introduction of Driver CPC in Ireland. Some of these benefits are:
Driver CPC consists of 5 modules in total. Each module takes one day training to complete. Therefore, you will complete one module per year. Once you have completed your 5 year Driver CPC, the cycle will begin again with you undertaking one of the 5 modules per year.
Control of the Vehicle and Eco-driving techniques
|Module 2||Minimising Risks and Managing Emergencies|
|Module 3||Health and Safety of the Professional Driver|
|Module 4||Role of the Professional Driver in Transport|
|Module 5||The Professional Truck Driver|
If you hold both a truck and bus licence you will need to complete 6 days training over 5 years.
When viewing the table below please keep in mind that Driver CPC is run in 5 year blocks. Once the first 5 year block of training is complete the process of training modules will begin again.
|Block 1||Year 1||10 Sep 2008 - 31 Dec 2009||
|1 day for bus|
|Year 2||10 Sep 2009 - 10 Sep 2010||
|Block 1||Year 1||
1 day will cover bus and truck
|Year 3||10 Sep 2010 - 10 Sep 2011||
|1 day will cover bus and truck|
|Year 4||10 Sep 2011 - 10 Sep 2012||
|1 day will cover bus and truck|
|Year 5||10 Sep 2012 - 10 Sep 2013||
Module 5 bus specific
Module 5 truck specific
|1 days training for bus and seperate 1 days training for truck|
|Block 2||Year 1||10 Sep 2013 - 10 Sep 2014||
|1 day will cover bus and truck|
If you have any queries about the information outlined in the table above please call us on 087 923 4688.
Driver CPC is ran in 5 year blocks of 1 days training per year each of 7 hours duration.
If you have a truck licence but do not drive professionally and do not see yourself driving a truck professionally within the next 5 years you will not have to undertake Driver CPC.
If you start to drive professionally within the Driver CPC 5 year block you will need to complete all Driver CPC modules to catch up with other drivers.
For example driver CPC comes into effect from September 2009 for truck drivers and you do not drive professionally at this time but decide to do so in 2011. In this case you will need to 'catch up' with other professional truck drivers. You will need to complete 3 modules of Driver CPC in that year before you can drive professionally.
If you have any questions regarding this situation please call us on 087 923 4688.
You can book your Driver CPC course with us online or you can call our course director - John Connell on 087 923 4688 to book your place.
You can complete your Driver CPC Course at any of our training centres. We currently have 3 training centres throughout Galway - Menlo Park Hotel, Headford Road, Galway; FAS, Mervue Industrial Estate, Galway; Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe, Co Galway; McWilliam Hotel, Claremorris, Co Mayo; FAS, Shannon, Co Clare and The Norman Voyager Ferry - Rosslare to Cherbourg, France. Phone our Course Director - John Connell on 087 923 4688 for more information.
CPC Wise are specialist Driver CPC trainer providers. Our course tutors come highly qualified holding both C and D licences, are members of the Institute of Advanced Motorists, hold teaching degrees and relevant trainer certificates and have a wealth of experience within the transport industry.
CPC Wise offers:
To book your course contact our Course Director - John Connell on 087 923 4688 for further information and upcoming course dates.