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What is Driver CPC?
The Driver CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) is for LGV and PCV drivers who drive professionally throughout the UK. It has been developed as a requirement of the EU Directive 2003/59, which is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of professional LGV and PCV drivers throughout their working life. There are two parts to the legislation:
1. The Initial Qualification must be achieved by new LGV and PCV drivers along with their vocational licence to enable them to use their licence professionally
2. Periodic Training: 35 hours of training every 5 years must be attended by all professional drivers
The Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT)
The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) realised that the implementation of the Periodic Training element of Driver CPC would require an approvals unit to approve Periodic Training centres and courses.
Within the two industry sectors that are affected by this legislation, passenger transport and freight transport, there are two organisations called Sector Skills Councils (SSC's). These were set up by the government to help the employers in their sectors improve the skill levels of their workforce. The DSA agreed with these two organisations, Skills for Logistics (freight transport) and GoSkills (passenger transport) that they should manage the Periodic Training approvals process.
The two SSC's set up a jointly run organisation called the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) to manage the approvals process for Periodic Training centres and courses. The JAUPT is based in Milton Keynes and supports training providers or operators who wish to become approved to deliver Periodic Training. This also includes operators who wish to deliver Periodic Training exclusively to their own employees.
Current Industry Training Status
At the time of writing this guidance (March 2012) there are still a number of drivers who have yet to start any CPC training. With around 480,000 LGV and PCV licence holders registered in the UK, it is estimated that nearly 175,000 - 325,000 drivers have had no training what so ever and with only around 1,200 JAUPT approved driving centres in the UK, many businesses could find themselves short of drivers when the requirements come into force in September 2013 (PCV) and September 2014 (LGV).
Aviva Risk Management Solutions urges all operators to act now to benefit from the improvements in Road Safety, Whole Life operating costs, driver welfare and the associated reductions in accident frequency that professional, safe driving brings.
Approved Centres & Courses
Commercial vehicle operators have the option to use a JAUPT approved driver training company or indeed undertake this training themselves providing the course content has been prior approved by JAUPT.
For more information on the Driver CPC, approved training providers or getting your own course modules approved, please visit the JAUPT website http://www.drivercpc.org/en/home/ or contact them on Tel: 0844 800 4184
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This document contains general information and guidance and is not and should not be relied on as specific advice. The document may not cover every risk, exposure or hazard that may arise and Aviva recommend that you obtain specific advice relevant to the circumstances. AVIVA accepts no responsibility or liability towards any person who may rely upon this document.
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