Driver Certificate of Professional Competence Training

Do I need Driver CPC Training?

In accordance with EU regulations, certain drivers must complete 35 hours of periodic Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) training every 5 years. The regulations introduced the requirement for drivers to undertake periodic training with a view to improve road safety and the knowledge and skills of these drivers across Europe.  Once a driver has completed the required training they will be issued with a driver’s Driver Qualification Card.

To check if you need Driver CPC to drive minibuses please see

CTA cannot provide any legal advice about whether a driver requires a Driver CPC.  If you are not sure if you or your drivers' require a Driver CPC we would advise that you seek your own legal advice.

CTA's Driver CPC courses

CTA is a Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) accredited Driver CPC Consortium Centre.  This allows us to offer Driver CPC training for through our affiliated training providers.

Our courses are designed specifically with voluntary sector drivers in mind.  They are an excellent way to achieve 14 hours of the 35 hours of periodic training necessary to obtain a drivers' Driver Qualification Card.  Other training providers can be found by searching the JAUPT website. 

Our courses provide classroom based knowledge backed up with practical in-vehicle training where drivers will experience true to life situations.

Our two courses are detailed below:

Disability Awareness

This course focuses on the safe transportation of people with disabilities in small passenger carrying vehicles (minibuses).  The course includes:

  • Passenger awareness
  • Passenger assistance
  • Safe use of and safety of passengers who use passenger lifts and ramps
  • Transporting children and young people with special needs
  • Transporting adults who need care and supervision

This course will count towards seven hours of periodic training.

Emergency Procedures

This course focuses on fire prevention and vehicle evacuation techniques for small passenger carrying vehicles (minibuses).  The course includes:     

  • Legal responsibilities
  • Journey planning
  • Assessing situations
  • Vehicle collisions
  • Adverse weather
  • Fire and evacuation
  • Dealing with casualties
  • Contingency planning

This course will count towards seven hours of periodic training. 

CTA Training Providers

Our training providers can give you with further information such as where they are holding courses and the cost per course.  To contact them please download our list of providers.  This list was last uploaded: July 2017.

Interested in becoming a CTA Driver CPC Trainer

Please contact the CTA on 0161 351 1475 for more information about the qualifying criteria to be approved as a CTA Driver CPC Trainer.

Briefly, trainers who hold a current PATS (Passenger Assistant Training Scheme) certificate can register to deliver the Disability Awareness CPC and trainers  who hold a 5 Steps to Safety Trainers certificate can register to deliver the Emergency Procedures CPC.

Quality Assurance

Trainers delivering training under the CTA consortium have to inform the CTA of the courses they will be delivering and at which venue within 14 days of the course taking place as the CTA are required to inform JAUPT of planned training as well as vetting the training premises if needed.  Both CTA and JAUPT may carry out spot checks on training courses.

Following training every driver must be given a feedback form.  Completed forms must be returned to the CTA for monitoring purposes.  If there are any concerns with the feedback received CTA will take action against the trainer; either written communication, a spot check on the next course or if appropriate removal from the trainers list.

The CTA will perform random spot checks to ensure that the training, premises and administration is all to a high standard.                                           

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