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Driver CPC training

Driver cpc training

What is driver CPC training?

Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) training is a mandatory qualification for all professional bus, coach, and lorry drivers. It's designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of professional drivers, ensuring they are proficient in road safety and adhere to international industry standards. The International Road Transport Union (IRU) emphasises that Driver CPC training is not just a formal requirement but a cornerstone in fostering a culture of safety and professionalism in the transport sector.

Which essential modules are covered in driver CPC training?

Driver CPC training encompasses a range of modules, each tailored to address key aspects of professional driving:

  • Road Safety: Focusing on defensive-driving techniques, this module enhances drivers' ability to anticipate and safely manage road hazards.
  • Safe Driving Practices: This includes practical advice on vehicle checks, safe loading, and fuel-efficient driving.
  • Health and Safety: Covering first aid, health and well-being, this module ensures drivers are prepared for any emergencies.
  • Service and Logistics: It highlights the importance of customer service and effective communication in the transport industry.
  • Legal Compliance: This module focuses on legal obligations, including drivers' hours and tachograph use, ensuring compliance with road transport regulations.

Who is concerned by driver CPC training?

Driver CPC training is essential for:

  • All professional drivers of buses, coaches, and lorries over 3.5 tonnes in the EU and beyond.
  • Drivers who transport goods or passengers for hire or reward.
  • Anyone looking to start a career in the transport industry.

The IRU recognises the importance of continuous professional development in the transport sector. Therefore, Driver CPC training is not only for new drivers but also for seasoned professionals, ensuring they remain up-to-date with the latest industry practices and standards.

The International Road Transport Union's approach to Driver CPC training is global and comprehensive. Recognising the diverse needs of the transport sector, the IRU designs its courses to be inclusive, covering a wide range of topics relevant to drivers worldwide. This global perspective ensures that drivers are not only compliant with local regulations but also equipped to meet international standards, making them more adaptable and skilled in a variety of work environments.



At IRU, we offer a comprehensive range of driver training programs designed to meet the diverse needs of the transportation industry. Our truck driver training and lorry driver training courses are tailored for those aspiring to drive heavy goods vehicles, while our taxi driver training is perfect for individuals looking to enter the taxi service industry. For those specialising in hasardous materials transport, our tanker driver training and ADR driver training provide the necessary skills and certification. Our tachograph course ensures drivers understand and comply with tachograph regulations. We also offer PCV driver training and bus and coach driver training for those interested in passenger carrying vehicles. Our 360 driver training is ideal for operating heavy machinery. Additionally, we provide HGV driver training, LGV driver training, and C1 driver training for various commercial vehicle classes. To enhance safety, our defensive driving course is available. For specific licensing needs, we offer Cat D driver training and Cat C driver training. Our driver CPC training ensures professional competence for all drivers.

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