To qualify for a valid Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), you must complete 35 hours of training within a five-year cycle. Drivers of lorries, buses (including minibuses) and coaches who are paid to drive are required to hold a Driver CPC by law.

‘You must have Driver CPC if you drive a lorry, bus or coach as the main part of your job. You must do 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years to keep it.

You don’t need Driver CPC if you:

  • don’t want to drive for a living, for example, you want to drive for a hobby
  • drive in other certain situations, such as taking your vehicle for a pre-booked annual test (MOT)

You can be fined up to £1,000 for driving professionally without Driver CPC.’

Currently teachers in the UK who drive minibuses within their role as teachers are not required to have Driver CPC as driving is not the main part of their role and is rarely mentioned as a specific task within their contracts. However, in January 2018 the guidance changed in Northern Ireland. Previously, teaching staff who held a licence that qualified them to drive a car would also have been able to drive a school minibus, but the revised guidance from the DVA means that teachers must hold a D1 licence and a driver’s qualification card (CPC) to do so.

“If these criteria cannot be met, any journey undertaken by staff will not be considered legal and may leave the driver and the employer facing prosecution and penalties.” EA chief executive Gavin Boyd

In the UK if any of your drivers hold a full PSV driver licence they need CPC. This is simple to decide by looking at the licence. The official view of the DVSA is that any of your drivers who drive your Section 19 Permit minibuses (9 to 16 seats and not up to 8 seats) on a D1(101) licence (i.e. they passed their test before 01.01.97) and are specifically paid to do so, need to take their Driver CPC training.

There is a contrary view that they do not need their Driver CPC because of the non-commercial exemption but we advise you follow best practice and put them through their CPC training – or don’t let them drive 9 to 17 seated minibuses.

Adding up the hours

There are hundreds of different courses you can take to build up your hours of training, so it is well worth considering which ones are best for you and your occupation, and certainly taking a new one every now and then.

Castle Driver Training has recently introduced two courses which count towards your required driver hours for your Driver CPC. Both courses are approved by Jaupt and each course counts as seven hours of training. A single course can also be taken at the same time as your D1 driving license qualification, saving you time and travel expenses.

Our Driver CPC courses are held at Studley Sports Centre, B80 7BF between 8:30am and 5pm (lunch not provided), and run at a cost of £95.00 + VAT.

Driver Hours and Using Recording Equipment: Jaupt Course No. — CRS12559/2076



By the end of this session you will be able to: State the maximum driving time and breaks for Each period Each day Each week Rolling fortnight Understand the need to keep drivers’ records, the information required, and the reference periods involved: for EU drivers’ hours, Domestic hours & working time directive

Subject Areas

Legislation (including Drivers Hours, Rules and Regulations and the Working Time Directive).

Using Digital Tachographs: Jaupt Course No. — CRS12561/2076


By the end of the session each driver will have sound knowledge of how to use a digital and analogue tachograph, and the legal implications of malpractice.

Subject Areas

  • Legislation (including Drivers Hours, Rules and Regulations and the Working Time Directive)
  • Regulations for Carriage of Goods (LGV)
  • Vehicle Systems (Safety Controls)

Coming soon: Safe and Fuel-Efficient Driving

This course is under review for Jaupt approval but rest assured once it has been approved we will let you know!

Bookings for any of our courses can be taken through our website, where you will find course dates and timings.

Our Trainer: Keith Hurley

Trainer for: D1 | MiDAS | CPC | Assessment Days

Keith has gained a total of 18 years driver training experience. Currently Keith teaches all aspects of driving such as B+E Trailer D1, LGV Rigid and artic licence. Keith is also qualified first aid instructor and MiDAS trainer. Prior to training candidates for Castle Minibus, Keith’s background was as a trainer in the logistics sector.

Further information on the courses is on the Jaupt website, and further advice on Driver CPC can be found below;

What is Driver CPC?

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