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CPC

What is CPC?

CPC Driver Training Liverpool: CPC is an acronym for Certificate of Professional Competence and if you’re professionally operating a bus, coach or lorry then you must have your Initial Driver CPC certification. This certification lasts for five years and before it expires you must complete 35 hours of Periodic Training in order to renew it and keep driving professionally.  Be aware that you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without Driver CPC.

If you passed your car test after January 1997 and will be using your licence for work, you will need to undertake Initial Driver CPC Training. If you passed your car test before January 1997, and have a C1 or 7.5 ton entitlement on your licence, you do not need to take all four modules of the Initial Driver CPC Qualification, you only have to complete modules 2 and 4 of the course. There are some exemptions to people needing to have CPC certification. Click here to see a full list of exemptions from Driver CPC

If you drive any of the following vehicles as a means of your primary income, you must be legally CPC certified:

  • Tipper trucks
  • Buses – both regional and local
  • Coaches – both regional and continental
  • Bin lorries
  • Articulated lorries
  • Heavy construction equipment

Driver CPC training is split into two parts, Initial and Periodic.

Lorry Driver Training (HGV)

HGV Driver Training Liverpool: Every aspect of our course focuses on building the confidence and competence of our learners. HGV (heavy goods vehicle) and LGV (large goods vehicles) both refer to vehicles weighing over 3.5 tonnes. We offer fantastic HGV Training with a modern training fleet of vehicles. Our instructors are trained to a very high standard and will guide you safely and competently through your training. All of this experience and knowledge is passed on to you in an accessible and structured way.

With deadlines looming you can also trust Abacus UK Training to provide you with your 35 hours of compulsory training to keep your licence up to date and valid. Training modules can be as flexible as you wish and tailored to fit in with your schedule.

The requirements for starting HGV driver training are:

• A passed medical examination arranged by Abacus
• A full UK car licence, valid before training begins and throughout the course
• A provisional licence to entitle you to start your HGV training
• Your 100 question theory and hazard perception test passed

PCV Bus Training

PCV Bus Driver Training Liverpool: Whether you want to drive a long-distance coach, a local bus or a minibus, you’ll need to add to the skills you’ve already learned for your car driving licence. You’ll need to learn not only about driving a bigger vehicle but also about looking after your passengers, who are relying on you for a safe and comfortable journey. To operate a bus or coach in the UK, you need a Passenger Carrying Vehicle (PCV) license. The PCV license entitles its holders to drive buses, minibuses and coaches legally, competently and proficiently. Our one-to-one training is learner focused and designed to suit every individual.

To qualify for PCV Bus Training, legally the following conditions must be met:

• A passed medical examination arranged by Abacus
• A full UK car licence, valid before training begins and throughout the course
• A provisional licence to entitle you to start your PCV training
• Your 100 question theory and hazard perception test passed

Minibus Driver Training (D1)

Minibus Driver Training Liverpool: At Abacus UK Training we offer D1 minibus training to anyone who needs it, commercially or professionally. A minibus is classed as a passenger carrying vehicle of between 9 and 16 seats. If you have passed your driving test you are entitled to drive a minibus but only under certain circumstances.

If you drive a minibus and take fares or payment from passengers or if you drive one as part of your job (e.g. school teachers, hotel transportation, etc.) then you must hold a full D1 or D1+E driving licence. To drive without one in these circumstances is illegal.

Who needs a D1 licence?

It’s a little complicated but here are the circumstances in which you would need to take your Category D1 theory and driving test:

  • If you passed your Category B car driving test before 1st Jan 1997.
  • If you take fares or payments from passengers for transportation.
  • If you carry passengers as part of your job in work hours, even voluntarily.
  • If you drive a minibus with passengers in a supervisory role outside work hours.

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