Initial Driver CPC

To work as a professional driver of large goods vehicles (LGVs), you must have a Driver Qualification Card (DQC).

To obtain a DQC, you must have attended 35 hours of Periodic Driver CPC training. However, before you are eligible to attend the periodic training, you must complete the Initial CPC.

Initial CPC consists of two parts:

  • Case Study Theory Test (Module 2)
  • Practical Demonstration Test (Module 4)

Module 2

The module two test comprises around 7 case studies; these questions are based on real-world situations, the like of which you would be expected to encounter behind the wheel of a large goods vehicle.

During the test, you will answer 50 questions; to pass, you will need to achieve a minimum of 40 correct answers.

The test will be computer-based and will be delivered at an approved DVSA examination facility. In preparation for the test, you can gain access to study materials for revision purposes. These materials are usually digital, and consist of educational content and mini-tests.

Module 4

After completing your module 2 test, you can arrange to undergo your module 4.

Module 4 is a practical test, during which you will be asked demonstrate competence in 5 key areas:

  1. Vehicle security;
  2. Crime/trafficking prevention;
  3. Safe loading using bars and chains;
  4. Assessing emergency scenarios; and
  5. Completing a full daily walkaround check

The examiner will be particularly interested in your ability to handle ratchet straps, webbing straps, chains and extension bars, as well as various other types of equipment.
To pass the practical demonstration, you must achieve a grade of at least 80%.

What can NEDS do for me?

Whether you’re tackling the Initial CPC as part of our full Category C programme, or as a one-off, you can be sure of one thing: you will be given access to the best possible means of passing your Modules 2 and 4 first time.

As a client of NEDS, you will be provided with Driver Training Success (DTS) material; this digital study pack covers everything you need to know to pass your case studies test, and allows you to practice mock tests so that you can become familiar with the kind of questions you can expect on the day.

To pass the practical element, your instructor will give you a full rundown of the process for checking a vehicle’s roadworthiness; the methods you’ll learn will allow you to carry out a full, effective daily walkaround check. In terms of safe vehicle loading and equipment handling, you will learn modern best practice techniques fully in accordance with all relevant legislation; your training will enable you to safely and lawfully load a large goods vehicle on the day of your test, and for the rest of your career.

So, what do I need to do now?

The initial CPC is a critical part of the process of gaining your Category C qualification; with this is mind, it’s crucial you get the right guidance.

Test dates are set by the Government, and are booked using the official online system. If you would like us to facilitate this for you, simply get in touch using the form below, and one of our training consultants will give you a call to initiate next steps.

All assessments and training sessions are carried out at our facilities in Team Valley, Gateshead.

*Courses are subject to change at the discretion of NEDS. For more information please review our Training Terms & Conditions.

Call (0191) 500 9450 to book your place

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