Initial Driver CPC qualification

Initial Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is required for all new drivers of C1 or above who wish to drive for a living, or where the vehicle use would be classed as “hire & reward”. If you are a new LGV driver but passed your actual driving test before January 1997 and therefore hold “implied” or “grandfather rights” for C1 then you will require the Periodic Driver CPC.

Any current driver with C1 as “acquired rights” who is either considering looking for C1 7.5ton work to utilize their “grandfather entitlement” or are beginning the process of training for LGV Cat C (old class 2) will require 35 hours of Periodic CPC in order to drive commercially. N.B. recent changes to Driver CPC means that a driver with “acquired rights” (category C1 or C) gained prior to 10th September 2009, can now do either the 35 hours of CPC training, or can now take the Initial Driver CPC Qualification route instead (modules 2 & 4) in order to gain their first Driver Qualification Card (DQC) after this they will require the periodic training, 35 hours over 5 years, in order to renew their DQC card at the end of the 5 year period. This change now makes it easier for those with acquired rights to get their first DQC where time to complete 35 hours of periodic training may be limited or difficult.

The LGV test process involves 4 separate modules, all of these modules must be passed by any new driver who wishes to drive for a living.

Module 1 – LGV theory test, this module incorporates 2 separate tests, the LGV Theory test and the Hazard Perception test
Module 2 – Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) case studies test
Module 3 – Practical driving ability test
Module 4 – Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) practical demonstration test

The tests can be taken as above, but you must:
Pass module 1 before you can take module 3
Pass module 2 before you can take module 4

Modules 1 & 2 can be taken in any order, and you can take modules 3 & 4 in any order.

We would recommend that Module 2 is taken after passing Module 1 or at the same time, as most of the case study scenarios will refer to knowledge you will have gained through studying for the LGV theory test. Module 2 is a case of self study for the candidates in the same way as revision for Module 1 Theory/hazard perception test would be conducted.

If you have successfully passed Module 1 and Module 2 before taking your practical LGV driving test course, then we can build the training for the Module 4 practical demonstration test into your practical LGV driving test course or it can be done separately (subject to available test dates)

The case study questions are based around a scenario or picture, questions are then asked based on these, the answers to which should be know from the knowledge gained through the Theory test, essentially Module 2 is designed to assess:

  • Knowledge (basic recall of facts)
  • Comprehension (basic understanding)
  • Application (practical use of knowledge and understanding)

The case studies part of the initial Driver CPC qualification lasts for 90 minutes, 15 minutes to acquaint yourself with the system and 75 minutes to answer questions.

The case studies test is conducted on a VDU, essentially the same as you did your Theory Test on, you will be presented with between 6-8 different case studies based around real-life scenarios, you will then get between 5-10 questions relating to each case study. You will need to answer 50 questions in total and achieve a pass mark of 40.

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Module 4 – Driver CPC practical demonstration test

We provide the practical training and guidance on this practical element of the CPC test process.

The test itself consists of 5 topic areas, to pass you need to score 15 out of a possible 20 points in each topic area (75%) but achieve an overall score of 80%

In all of the topic areas the examiners will be looking for you to identify and mention key elements relating to the question asked. The Practical CPC demonstration test is conducted at the DVSA test centre, or our own test centre with the vehicle.


  • Ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use
  • Security of your vehicle and its contents
  • Demonstrate an ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants and contraband
  • Demonstrate an ability to assess emergency situations
  • Demonstrate an ability to prevent physical risk