Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)


Definition - What does Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) mean?

A certificate of professional competence is a certificate required by all heavy vehicle operators and drivers over and above their drivers’ or operators’ licences. This ruling also applies to freelance operators employed by businesses. Experienced drivers may get their CPC through "acquired rights" but must complete 35 hours of training and have been issued with their licenses before 10 September 2008 for bus and coach drivers and before 10 September 2009 for truck drivers.

Safeopedia explains Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)

CPC legislation regulating professional heavy vehicle drivers was introduced with the intention of reducing road accidents and related injuries. CPC certification must be renewed periodically and if renewal is late, a further 35 hours of training must be completed. Driver CPC is based on the vehicle type that drivers operate, and if they move to a new vehicle type, further certification is required. Only accredited courses presented by approved training providers are recognized and accepted.

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