You don't need to be Jim Clark, that late Scottish bloke who won the F1 World Championship twice in the 1960s, to be a qualified professional driver of buses, coaches and lorries. All you need are sound psychomotor skills, coordination and good eyesight, among others. However, not everyone can take your word, especially those who approve the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). This European Union Directive states that you need to hold a vocational driving license and a Driver CPC to drive these vehicles for a living. The following is a guide to get you qualified, including Driver CPC training.
To get a Driver CPC, you should first pass the initial qualification. In Part One called the theory test, you will answer a multiple-choice and hazard perception exam. In Part Two, you will analyze several Driver CPC case studies. In Parts Three and Four, you will be given a 90-minute test regarding vehicle safety and eventually drive a vehicle to check your practical driving knowledge.
If you are already a professional bus or lorry driver, you are qualified to have a Driver CPC through acquired rights since your experience is equivalent to passing the initial qualification. Lorry drivers should have received their vocational licence on September 9, 2009 while bus and coach drivers should have had their licence a year after.
Driver Qualification Card (DQC)
The DQC is given to those who have passed the initial qualification and has a Britain photocard licence. This must be carried if they are driving passenger-carrying vehicles such as buses or large-goods vehicles such as lorries. In case this card is damaged, lost or stolen, you should request a replacement by sending an e-mail to the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).
To keep a Driver CPC, you should undergo training every five years. Shop around and choose where you will enroll, remembering that only authorized training centres with approved courses can train you. Visit the websites of the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training to search on centres and the DSA to check how many hours you have already logged in.
A qualification for CPC will not just assure the safety of your passengers or products. It also trains you to be a better driver. Read more on periodic training centres by going to jaupt.org.uk/Centre+and+Course+Search.
Driver CPC Training and Other Qualifications