Driver CPC was introduced across the EU in 2008 for professional bus drivers, and in 2009 for professional truck drivers, to set and maintain high standards of road safety, health & safety, and driving among professional drivers of buses and trucks.
Three key aims:
Professional drivers fall into two categories from a Driver CPC perspective:
To keep your Driver CPC, you must do 35 hours of periodic training over the next five years.
Training is on a one-day-per-year basis.
Periodic training is compulsory and will help you be:
Training is provided in RSA-approved training centres by approved trainer providers.
Driver CPC certification is not required for drivers of vehicles used:
ICE Training Solutions is registered with the Road Safety Authority in Ireland to provide Driver CPC Training. We have training centres registered throughout the country and can facilitate training for the individual or for groups.
As part of the Driver CPC qualification, both existing and new professional drivers of buses and trucks must undergo 35 hours of specialised training over a five-year time span.
Driver education brings with it multiple benefits:
Better driving skills lead to fewer casualties on our roads, giving greater protection to more vulnerable road users.
Lower running costs
Improved driving skills save on the costs of vehicle repair and loss of trade. Research has shown that by driving safely and carefully drivers can save an average of 40% in gearbox repairs and 60% in safety-related faults.
Studies suggest that good driving can deliver a 12% saving on fuel costs.
This new training requirement fundamentally changes how professional drivers acquire and retain their qualifications. Driver CPC will change the perception that to become a bus or truck driver you just need to pass a test. Rather, it will be seen as a profession that requires ongoing training and skill development.
There are six training modules in total, each lasting seven hours, with additional reading material to cover specific areas.
The RSA monitors training standards of all trainers to ensure a high standard.
To be approved by the RSA, training centres must provide evidence of quality standards in relation to:
With My CPC, drivers who have already started their Driver CPC periodic refresher training, can now view their own CPC Training Record online.
Their personal record shows which modules have been completed, how long until you need to complete your next module and which CPC Training Organisation has provided the training to you. You can also print off a copy of your CPC training records.
Some good employers ask drivers to prove their compliance with the Driver CPC regulations and this feature will help you to do that. It can also help when attending a job interview to be able to show the interviewer that your Driver CPC is up-to-date.
How do I access My CPC?
Not yet completed your Driver CPC periodic refresher training?
After you have completed your CPC Training Cycle
The RSA will issue your CPC Card application form as soon as you have completed all the required modules – this will help to ensure you receive your Driver CPC Card before the deadline.
Remember that it is an offence to drive professionally without a Driver CPC Card. For acquired rights Bus drivers this training should be completed by 9th September 2013. For acquired rights Truck Driver this is to be completed by 9th September 2014.