Driver CPC Periodic & Initial Qualification


Driver CPC, Driver Certificate of Professional Competence was introduced in 2008 (bus) 2009 (lorry) and must be held if you wish to drive a lorry or bus professionally. 

Get Qualified - Initial Qualification Mod 2 and Mod 4

Initial Qualification Driver CPC Mod 2 and Mod 4

If you wish to become a professional lorry or bus driver you will need a ‘Driver Certificate of Professional Competence’ (Driver CPC) Qualification Card.

If you have never held or completed any Driver CPC you will need the Initial Qualification also known as a Mod 2 and Mod 4.

Step 1 - Mod 2 Case Studies

Please contact Pearson (DVLA) on 0300 200 1122 and ask to book the Driver CPC Case Studies Test. You will need your driving licence number and credit/debit card details ready. The cost is £23. Depending on your licence type they may have to do an entitlement check which can take up to 10 days.

We recommend preparing for the test by creating an online learning account at
You can book at any theory test centre nationwide. It will be 50 multiple choice questions and the pass mark is 40 correct answers.

Step 2 - Mod 4 Practical Demo - In-house at Dulson Training Ltd with our own DVSA assessor.

Once you have passed the Case Studies we can arrange your Practical Demonstration test.
We supply the vehicle for the training and test. The test is 30 minutes and the pass mark is 80%.

We can usually arrange these courses within a few days of you passing the Case Studies because we have a dedicated vehicle, trainer and in-house DVSA examiner. Tests can be at anytime including weekday, evenings or weekends. 

Once you have passed the Initial Qualification Mod 2 and Mod 4 you can start driving professionally and will receive a certificate on the day and have a Driver CPC Qualification card posted to you. This card will expire in 5 years. You will need to complete 35 hours classroom based periodic training to keep the card up to date within the 5 years.

If you have ever held a Driver CPC you can not do the Initial Qualification. You will need the periodic training to renew your qualification.

We hold Driver CPC periodic training almost every week, we do weekdays and weekends. We have a big range of topics and our courses are informative and interesting. We provide a complimentary buffet lunch when attending a course at our training centre. We can also deliver these courses nationwide at your premises.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Stay Qualified - 35 Hours Periodic Training Every 5 Years

For existing professional drivers who already hold or have held a Driver CPC

Once you hold the Driver CPC you will need to complete 35 hours of classroom based Periodic Training within 5 years to renew your qualification. These will be split into 5 days, 7 hours per day. They can be taken anytime within the 5 years in a weeks block or spread out. We recommend completing 1 day per year which would be your 5 days within 5 years. 

We hold courses on site at 2 of our locations in purpose designed training rooms. We provide lunch, refreshments, WC and secure parking on site. We can also deliver these courses to groups at your location nationwide if suitable. 

We deliver 10 different topics and although you are allowed to repeat the same topic it is more rewarding and enjoyable if you sit a different topic each time. In 2017 we introduced Quizdom handsets for all our courses, they are small handheld electronic devices that allow you to participate in question and answer sections and group activities. These make the courses more interactive and can be used to create a performance report for you or your employer if you wish to do so. 

We are committed to offering quality training courses that cover the topic areas and are enjoyable. These are some of our topic areas: 

  • A Drivers Day - includes working time directive and drivers hours.
  • A Drivers Wellbeing - lifestyle choices, drinking, smoking, drugs and exercise and how they effect your driving.
  • FPOCS - first aid (first person on the scene) 
  • Digital Tachographs - operation and driving hours
  • Health and Safety - a general overview, legislation and how it affects the transport industry
  • Know Your Vehicle - looking a different vehicle types, safety and loading
  • Driving Licenses - entitlements, penalties, operator and other compliance

The Driver CPC for lorry drivers was introduced in September 2009, the first 5 year period ended in September 2014 and the next 5 year period will end September 2019. If you are behind with your days you do not have much time. Its already getting very busy with people trying to catch up. For more information about Driver CPC, how it effects you or to check when your card expires please contact us: