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Driver CPC

For your convenience we have divided theξDriver CPCξarea of our website into two separate sections:

  • About Driver CPCŒæäóñ this section contains all of the information you need to know aboutŒæDriver CPC; who it is for, what are the benefits, how it is enforced, what are the requirements and relevant external links.
  • ISMŒæDriverŒæCPCŒæCoursesŒæäóñ this section explains ourŒæDriverŒæCPCŒæservices; why you should chooseŒæISM, course modules, sample timetables and training locations.

If you have any difficulty finding the precise information that you need please call or send us an email.The Driver CPC is a Certificate in Professional Competence for professional bus and truck drivers. The purpose of the Driver CPC training is to keep Bus and Truck drivers up to date on safety issues relating to vehicles, safe driving, environmentally friendly driving, assessments of risk, health and safety and vehicle technical developments. Driver CPC is intended to keep drivers up-to-date with current regulations.

  • If you are a new driver you will have to undertake theŒæDriverŒæCPCŒætheory and practical driving testsbefore getting aŒæDriverŒæCPC.
  • If you already have a licence for a bus or truck (C/D licence) you will automatically be entitled to aŒæDriverŒæCPCŒæand will not have to take a test.
  • These mandatory rule changes were introduced in Ireland on the 10th September 2008 for bus drivers, and the 10th September 2009 for truck drivers.
  • ALLŒæprofessional bus/truck drivers must be the holder of a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
  • A person holding a valid full licence in theŒæbus licence categoryŒæon or before 9th September 2008 is automatically entitled to theŒæCPCŒæ(acquired rights).
  • A person who qualifies for a bus licence on or after 10th September 2008 must pass anŒæInitialŒæCPCtheory test and aŒæCPCŒædriving test, as well as the existing theory test and driving test.
  • A person holding a valid full licence in the truck licence category on or before 9th September 2009 is automatically entitled to theŒæCPCŒæ(acquired rights).
  • A person who qualifies for a truck licence on or after 9th September 2009 must pass an InitialŒæCPCtheory test and aŒæCPCŒædriving test, as well as the existing theory test and driving test.

A training programme of 35 hours must be completed in the following five years in order to retain theξCPC. This will consist of a one day training session in each of the five years.

  • Control of Vehicle and Eco Driving Techniques
  • Minimising Risks and Managing Emergencies in the Transport Industries
  • Health and Safety of the Professional Driver
  • Role of the Professional Driver in the Transport Industry
  • The Professional Truck Driver
  • The Professional Bus Driver

Thanks to ISM for getting me through another round of the Driver CPC. Have to say the trainers are always able to make the information interesting and relevant. Cheers to Barry Lyons and Terry Curtis and all the crew in Finglas.

Barry, Glasnevin

I have taken two CPC courses with the Irish School of Motoring and I have to say that the two trainers could not have been more helpful and informative. Their knowledge was unsurpassed and they were very open to feedback from the boys on the day.

John Maher

Very impressed with the Driver CPC training building in Finglas. Free teas and coffees always welcome. See you for my next Module in 2012.

Sean, KildareDriver CPC was introduced across the EU in 2008 for professional bus drivers and 2009 for professional truck drivers to set and maintain high standards of road safety, health and safety and driving among professional drivers of buses and trucks.Ensuring all professional drivers have good driving and safety standards and that those standards are maintained throughout their career Creating a common standard for the training and testing of drivers throughout the EU Reducing fatalities and serious injuries on Irish roads. The RSAäó»s target is for Ireland to have one of the lowest casualty rates in Europe.Professional drivers fall into two categories from a Driver CPC perspective: those who were already working as professional drivers when the scheme was put in place, and those who are new to the profession. ‘Acquired rights’ to Driver CPC

If you got your bus licence on or before the 9 September 2008, or your truck licence on or before 9 September 2009, you are automatically entitled to Driver CPC. This is called äóìacquired rightsäó.

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.A better and safer driver More environmentally aware and cost conscious Physically healthier Training is provided in RSA-approved training centres by approved trainer providers.

If you don’t qualify for ‘acquired rights’ for Driver CPC

If you had your bus licence on or after 10 September 2008 or your truck licence on or after 10 September 2009 you donäó»t qualify for acquired rights.

To become a professional bus or truck driver you must pass:

  • Two-hour multiple choice theory test
  • Two-hour case study theory test
  • 90-minute driving test
  • 30-minute practical test.
  • In addition, to maintain your Driver CPC, you must complete 35 hours of periodic training for five years following qualification (one day per year)

Test locations

The Driver CPC bus/truck test and practical test can be carried out in any existing bus/truck test location. But not every type of vehicle can be tested at all centres. Find out which type of vehicle that can be tested in each test centre.Drivers with acquired rights:

Your licence will have an issue date before the September deadlines in the relevant category as proof of your acquired rights. When you complete your periodic training, you will be issued with a Driver CPC qualification card.When you have passed the two Driver CPC theory tests, the driving test and practical test you will be issued with a Driver CPC qualification card.Driver CPC certification is not required for drivers of vehicles used:

For non-commercial purposes, eg driving as a volunteer; drivers of emergency or rescue vehicles For a registered RSA approved Driving Instructors who are giving driving instruction In the course of someoneäó»s work, provided that driving the vehicle is not the driveräó»s principal occupation, eg, a plumber using a light truck to transport their materials. Vehicles with a maximum speed not exceeding 45 km/h.