Driver CPC Courses

What is CPC?

CPC is the certificate of professional competence and is required by law for professional truck and bus drivers. The driver CPC qualification ensures that drivers have up-to-date skills and knowledge. This includes safety issues relating to vehicles, safe driving, assessment of risks, health and safety, new technical developments on vehicles and environmentally friendly driving.

As T and S Training, our aim is to set and maintain the highest standards of road safety, health & safety and driver competency among the professional bus and truck driver ranks.

Where do the driver CPC courses take place?

The courses take place in two venues in County Tipperary; The Anner hotel , Thurles and the Pastoral Centre, Nenagh.

When does the driver CPC courses take place?

Our driver CPC courses usually take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Have a look at our full schedule here.

How is the CPC course delivered?

The course is delivered to a combination of classroom based tutorials and practical training. Our driver CPC training courses and assessment program enables professional drivers to successfully complete the course. Candidates get certified after completing the course.

 

What Is the Criteria for Qualification for Bus and Truck Driver CPC?

  • A person who has held a full valid driving licence in the bus licensing category on or before September 9, 2008 automatically is entitled to the CPC under acquired rights.
  • A person who has qualified for a bus licence on or after September 10, 2008 must pass an initial CPC theory test and a CPC driving test, as well as the existing theory test and driving test.
  • A person who has held a full valid driving licence in the truck licencing category on or before September 9, 2009 automatically is entitled to the CPC under acquired rights.
  • A person who is qualified for a truck licence on or after September 10, 2009 must pass an initial CPC theory test and a CPC driving test, as well as the existing theory test and driving test.
  • In order to retain the CPC, a training programme of 35 hours must be completed in the following five years. This will consist of a one day training session in each of the five years.

 

Enforcement and Compliance of the Driver CPC

It is an offence to drive a bus or truck without a valid driver CPC. In Ireland the Gardai enforce the regulations with the assistance of the Vehicle Standards Inspectorate at of the RSA and anyone who does not comply with the law will be subject to a fixed penalty.

  • Failure to show your driver CPC is an offence wish a fine of up to €2000.
  • Fraudulent documentation is an offence with a fine of up to €5000.
  • Driving without a valid driver CPC is an offence wish a fine of up to €2000.
  • If an employer causes or lets another driver who does not have a valid driver CPC, drive a relevant vehicle, they are subject to a fine of up to €5000.

How long is a CPC course?

The driver CPC course requires all professional bus and truck drivers to complete a minimum of 35 hours periodic training every five years, for as long as they continue to drive professionally. The minimum event of a training course is seven hours.

 

How much does the driver CPC course cost?

At T and S Training, the cost of our CPC courses is €55, if you book online and €60 payable on the day of the course.

Driver CPC Course Modules

  • The Control of Vehicle and Equal Driving Techniques.
  • The Minimising of Risks and Managing Emergencies in the Transport Industry.
  • The Health and Safety of the Professional Driver.
  • The Role of the Professional Driver in the Transport Industry.
  • The Professional Truck Driver.
  • The Professional Bus Driver.

Each module has a one-day duration. The first four are common to both bus and truck drivers. If a driver has both a truck and a bus licence then here she will need to complete each of the last two modules.