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Why CPC Training Matters for HGV Drivers in Northern Ireland: What You Need to Know Now

If you’re an HGV driver in Northern Ireland, you probably already know that having a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is a must, and with the five-year renewal cycle coming to an end this September, it’s crunch time. Let’s break down why CPC training is so important, what it involves, and why you need to get on it ASAP.

What is CPC and Why Do I Need It?

First things first, the CPC is like your golden ticket to legally drive an HGV for hire or reward. It’s all about making sure that drivers stay safe, skilled, and professional on the road. The CPC is not just a one-time thing; it’s an ongoing commitment. Every five years, you need to complete 35 hours of periodic training to keep your certificate valid.

The Countdown is On!

This September marks the end of the current five-year cycle. If you haven’t clocked up those 35 hours of training yet, you’re running out of time. No CPC means no driving for work – it’s that simple. So, if you’ve been putting it off, now’s the time to get moving.

What’s Involved in CPC Training?

CPC training isn’t as daunting as it sounds. It’s actually pretty straightforward and, our courses cover lots of subject areas. The 35 hours are broken down into five seven-hour courses.  We have developed our courses to include 2 modules on most days apart from the HGV Professional Driver course which is a full 7 hours.

Why Do I Need to Do CPC?

Besides the fact that it’s a legal requirement, there are lots of benefits to keeping your CPC up to date.  The courses are designed to keep your knowledge up-to-date and keep you informed about the latest industry standards and safety practices.

Being  an HGV driver isn’t just about getting from A to B, it’s about doing it safely, efficiently, and legally.  It’s the mark of a professional driver.

The Driver Qualification Card (DQC)

Once you complete your CPC training, you’ll be issued a Driver Qualification Card (DQC). This little card is proof that you’ve done your training and are qualified to drive professionally. You must carry your DQC with you whenever you’re driving for work. If you’re caught without it, you could face fines or other penalties. Think of it as your professional badge – don’t leave home without it!

How to Get Your CPC Training Done

If you haven’t started your training or have outstanding modules to do, then contact us to get a copy of our schedule.  We have dates planned in until the deadline, which is the 9th of September. Don’t leave it too late though as places will fill up fast.

Final Thoughts

CPC training might seem like a hassle, but it’s there to keep us all safe and professional on the roads. With the five-year cycle wrapping up this September, now is the perfect time to get your hours sorted. So, don’t delay – book your training today and keep on trucking safely and legally!

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Stay safe out there, and happy trucking!

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