INITIAL DRIVER CPC
The initial CPC has been divided into 2 modules.
If you take your test and you are not going to be driving for a living or are
exempt (see ‘Are there any special concessions’ page 07), you will only
need to pass Modules 1 & 3.
If, at a later date, you change your mind and want to drive for a living you
would need to pass Modules 2 & 4.
In addition to passing module 1, to obtain your Driver CPC you will also need to
pass module 2. This module is a computer based test and uses case studies,
each one based on real-life scenarios you may encounter in your working life.
It aims to test your knowledge and how you put it into practice. Written by
experts from the industry, questions are based around the case study and you
will be asked to answer in a number of different ways such as multiple choice
answers or clicking an area on a photograph / image.
Each test is made up of seven case studies, each one with six to eight questions,
with a possible maximum score of 50. The pass mark for the PCV test is 40 and
the pass mark for the LGV test is 38 (to be reviewed September 2010). The test will
take 1½ hours to complete and can be taken at the same test centre as module 1.
Drivers who already hold a Driver CPC for one category of vehicle (i.e. PCV or LGV)
and wish to obtain a Driver CPC for the other category, will need to take a Module 2
conversion test consisting of 10 case studies with a total of 50 questions. Modules
1, 3 and 4 will need to be completed in full.
In addition to passing module 3, to obtain your Driver CPC you will also need to pass module 4 a practical test focussing on vehicle safety which was developed
with the support and advice of the industry. In this ½ hour test you will be required
to demonstrate your knowledge and ability in the areas listed below:
Ability to load the vehicle with due regard for safety rules and proper vehicle use
Security of the vehicle and contents
Ability to prevent criminality and trafficking in illegal immigrants
Ability to assess emergency situations
Ability to prevent physical risk
Demonstrate your ability through a physical, walk round vehicle safety check
LGV tests may also use a piece of equipment which will allow you to demonstrate
your ability to secure loads.
The test consists of 5 topic areas which cover the Driver CPC syllabus and in order
to pass the candidate has to score 15 out of a possible 20 points in each topic area
(75%) and an overall score of 80%.