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Driver CPC Part 1 - Gearing up your Driver and Working Hours Legislation.

Driver CPC Part 1 - Gearing up your Driver and Working Hours Legislation.


Gearing up your Driver and Working Hours Legislation

The Northern Logistics Academy is a logistics and transport training specialist, based in the Northwest of England, delivering sector specific training and qualifications. We are JAUPT approved for the delivery of Driver CPC periodic training courses.

If you drive a lorry, bus or coach as the main part of your job, it is a legal requirement that you must hold the full Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

To gain this you must do either 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years or, 7 hours training per year in order to maintain your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This next available start date for this course is Monday 22nd May 2017. The course takes one full day to complete with 7 hours of learning.

The course is delivered to groups comprising of a minimum of 8 drivers. If required, we are able to set discrete dates for employers upon request.

This course is delivered at Northern Logistics Academy's dedicated training centre at our St Helens Campus (Langtree Street, St Helens WA9 1AR).

Alternatively, for groups of employees, we can deliver this course in the workplace.

What will I study?

This course will guarantee that as an employee, you have a solid understanding of the EU driver's hours, the European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR), Working Time Directive (WTD) and GB domestic rules.

The workshop will cover the following modules:

Overview of Legislation: outlining the importance of driver hours and the WTD, the impact it has on their work life and the importance of staying legal.

Understanding the EU Rules: updated legislation covering EU rules, to provide a solid understanding of the requirements for driving, breaks and rests period.

You, the Driver and The Working Time Directive: familiarisation with Working Time Directive (Road Transport Directive) and a refresher of the basic rules that apply regarding the driver dovetailing the WTD with the EU hours and recognising infringements.

Applying the EU Rules: delivering a practical understanding of the rules covering EU driver hours.

Understanding the GB Domestic Rules: providing an in-depth insight into GB domestic rules, in order that you comprehend duty time, daily driving time and what breaks and rest periods are required.

What you need to know about Tachograph rules: understand the methods of recording and maintaining driver records for both GB domestic rules and EU regulations including infringements and enforcements.

Responsibilities and Penalties: an overview of the responsibilities of the driver and the operator and to understand how the legislation is enforced and the penalties associated with infringements.

How is it assessed?

There is no formal assessment, the only requirement is that you complete the full 7 hours training in a classroom based workshop. Qualification is by attendance; there are no tests or exams to take at the end of the course.


On the day of your course, you must bring at least one of the below items as identification:

  • a photocard driving licence
  • a valid passport
  • a digital tachograph card
  • a Driver CPC card

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance and we will update 'your driver' CPC training records. We deliver several other Driver CPC courses including:

  • Gearing Up a Healthy Business and Driver
  • Gearing Up Your Professional Image
  • Gearing Up Your Service Excellence
  • Gearing Up Your Health and Safety

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email enquire @

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