Driver CPC training from Bigfoot Recruitment

Looking for the best rates for Driver CPC training, at times to suit your needs?

Bigfoot have been training drivers since 2010, and have a 100% customer satisfaction and retention rate. All Bigfoot courses are RHA (Road Haulage Association) accredited, and we’re regularly audited by JAUPT.

Our current Driver CPC courses are: 

• Driver Essentials

• Driver Hours & Digital Tachographs

• Daily Walk Round Checks & Safe Loading of Vehicles

• Fuel Efficient Driving & Safety on the Road

• Safety & Security essentials

Cost-effective Driver CPC periodic training 

At Bigfoot, you can train as an individual or a group, either onsite at your business premises or offsite at our training centre here in Southampton, Hampshire. We offer three cost-effective ways to train.

Individual Driver Training 

£75 + VAT plus £8.75 DSA upload fee

7 hours of quality, focused training to help you meet the legal training requirements – and be a better driver.

• Quality training available any day of the week

• Affordable, professional training, RHA approved

• Range of CRS courses available

Offsite Group Driver CPC Training 

£400 + VAT plus £8.75 DSA upload fee per person

Cost-effective training for all your drivers, conducted in our dedicated training centre by highly experienced trainers. Website text • by Invaluable Resource • page 3 

• 7 hours of detailed training

• Choose dates/days to suit your business

• Maximum of 15 drivers per group

Onsite Group Driver CPC Training 

£475 + VAT plus £8.75 DSA upload fee per person

We come to you! Highly cost-effective training for all your drivers, conducted at your business by our professional trainers.

• Quality driver training for as little as £28.50 each*

• Choose dates/days to suit your business

• Maximum of 20 drivers per group

Any questions? Just call us on 01489 582285 

Why you need up-to-date Driver CPC 

If you have a valid Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification and Driver CPC card, you must also complete 35 hours of training every five years to stay qualified.

Keeping your CPC training up to date is very important: you can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without Driver CPC. The training deadline is shown on your Driver CPC card. Remember, only approved Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) courses count towards your 35 hours of training.

Book your Driver CPC periodic training with Bigfoot – call us on 01489 582285

BIGFOOT DRIVER CPC - DRIVER TRAINER RATES 2013

7 Hour Module at our premises for Individuals Held Each Tuesday £75.00*
7 hour Module at your premises for Groups (Max 20) £475.00
7 hour Module at Our Premises for groups (Max 15) £400.00

The Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) is compulsory training introduced by the European Parliament and Council. It is designed to improve drivers’ awareness of road safety, fuel efficiency and career development.

You must hold a current Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and a valid Driver CPC card (sometimes called a DQC) to legally work as a driver in the UK. If you drive professionally without your Driver CPC card you can be fined £50. You must also complete periodic training, which involves all professional drivers undertaking 35 hours of training every 5 years

To improve the knowledge and skills of lorry and bus drivers by contributing to and enhancing; road safety the road freight and passenger transport industries (better staff performance, better recruitment and retention and more economical vehicle usage) professional drivers (skill levels and maintenance, career opportunities and professionalism) the environment (reduced fuel consumption and vehicle wear)

Driver CPC has been introduced across Europe to improve all professional drivers’ knowledge and skills within the industry.

New drivers acquiring a PCV vocational entitlement (D1, D1+E, D, D+E licence) after the 10th September 2008 and/or an LGV vocational entitlement (C1, C1+E, C or C+E licence) after the 10th September 2009 will have to obtain the ‘Initial Driver CPC’ in addition to their licence to drive professionally.

Existing drivers who already hold a vocational licence on the 10th September 2008 (PCV) or the 10th September 2009 (LGV) are exempt from the Initial Driver CPC. This is known as “acquired rights” or often referred to as “grandfather rights”. However, these drivers still have to take periodic training consisting of 35 hours every 5 years.

Yes. It is mandatory for all professional PCV and LGV drivers whose primary role is driving for a living.

CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is a qualification needed to operate an ‘O’ Licence. Whereas this new legislation is called Driver CPC, its full title is Driver Certificate of Professional Competence. This should not be confused with CPC.

Any size of fleet is included within the Driver CPC legislation. If a company has professional PCV or LGV drivers, then they must complete Driver CPC to validate their driving licence.

Yes, as detailed below:

Vehicles with a maximum speed not exceeding 45 Kmph
Vehicles used by the armed forces, civil defence, and emergency services
Vehicles undergoing road tests for technical development, repair or maintenance
Vehicles used in states of emergency
Vehicles used in the course of driving lessons or examinations
Vehicles used for non-commercial carriage of passenger or goods – for personal use
Vehicles used for carrying material or equipment to be used by the driver in the course of his or her work, providing that driving the vehicles is not the drivers’ principal activity
Does the 35 hours training have to be completed in one go or over time?

In the United Kingdom there are no rules to say how drivers should take the 35 hours driver CPC training, as long as a total of 35 hours of training are completed within the 5 years.

All courses will be 7 hours long. However, it can be divided into two 3½ hour courses and completed within a 24 hour period, e.g. if the first 3½ hour course takes place on a Monday between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm, the second 3½ hour course will have to be completed no later than Tuesday at 12:30 pm. Each course time (7 or 3½ hours) does not include breaks.

All courses will be 7 hours long. However, it can be divided into two 3½ hour courses and completed within a 24 hour period, e.g. if the first 3½ hour course takes place on a Monday between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm, the second 3½ hour course will have to be completed no later than Tuesday at 12:30 pm. Each course time (7 or 3½ hours) does not include breaks.

Only approved courses taken with approved training centres will count towards periodic training. The approval process for courses is managed, on behalf of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT)

Numbers may vary as this does depend on the training provider, however, AA DriveTech recommends no more than 10 participants per workshop and a maximum of 2 participants for practical on-road sessions (subject to the maximum seating capacity available in the vehicle)

Driver Essentials – CRS 3021/988

Driver Hours & Digital Tachographs – CRS 3725/988

Daily Walk Round Checks & Safe Loading of Vehicles – CRS 3792/988

Fuel Efficient Driving & Safety on the Road – CRS 4195/988

Safety & Security essentials – CRS 4194/988

Bigfoot can provide classroom based training at our premises in Southampton Hampshire or at clients own premises if suitable.

When choosing a company to deliver Driver CPC training the following points are offered for consideration:

Is the company JAUPT approved and is it interested ONLY in providing courses that meet compliance OR are they interested in adding value to my business?

Does the company offer a comprehensive course portfolio that includes a blend of workshop and on-road practical subjects?

Does this blend offer subjects that are relevant and add the most value to my business?

Do they offer flexibility and delivery at times that suit my business operation?

Will they provide options on venues?

Will they come to me?

Do they offer a local venue where individuals or small groups can attend open classes?

Will the company be interested in developing bespoke subjects?

Can they be considered to be credible in managing my entire Driver CPC programme for my fleet and leaving me to concentrate on my core business?

Do they have experience in the design, development and delivery of training for the PCV and LGV driver?

Do they come with recommendations and testimonials for delivering affordable and quality Driver CPC training solutions?

Does this company understand my business and is able to provide courses that help to minimise risk and cost?

Training centres must carry out identity checks in order to verify the identity of each participant on a course. This requires a visual check of an official form of identification such as a passport and ‘old style’ paper driving licence or photocard and counterpart driving licence.

 

Each driver should complete a feedback form at the end of each course. The approved training centre should retain this feedback for inspection by JAUPT.

No. Only one set of periodic training needs to be completed every five years. However, Bigfoot recommends the choosing of courses that provide the most value to the driver and the business operation.

The DVLA can be contacted but the driver has to be present at the time of the call. You can also check online.

Yes. All Drivers CPC records will be recorded by the DSA. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure they have received the necessary training to meet their Driver CPC requirements. However, all companies should also keep a record of all their drivers training and further training requirements.

All training records will be kept on the DSA computer. However, the driver should also keep their own records on the training they have received as well as the training required to complete the 35 hour Driver CPC training requirement.

Driver CPC training is for the individual driver and is linked to their Driving Licence. If a driver changes employment supporting evidence will have to be produced for the new employer.

Driver CPC is the responsibility of the driver to make sure they complete the hours required to keep their Driver CPC up to date.

However, companies should take a proactive approach to ensuring that drivers receive appropriate training that adds most value to their operation.

After completing 35 hours of Driver CPC training, the driver will be issued with a separate Driver CPC card, known as a Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

Existing drivers who already held a vocational licence on the 10th September 2008 (PCV) or the 10th September 2009 (LGV) are exempt from the Initial Driver CPC. This is known as “acquired rights” or often referred to as “grandfather rights”. However, you will still need to take periodic training within set deadlines. You should have already completed your first block of training, and the deadlines for the second and third block are as follows:

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In order to retain your Driver CPC, you must sign a declaration confirming that you meet the medical standards every five years until the age of 45. After the age of 45, you must provide a medical report every 5 years to renew your driving licence. After the age of 65, you must submit a medical report every year.

*All prices subject to VAT at 20% and DSA upload £8.75 each person

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