Driver 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.
Professional drivers fall into two categories from a Driver CPC perspective:
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 “acquired rights”.
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.
Periodic training is compulsory and will help you be:
Training is provided in RSA-approved training centres by approved trainer providers.
If you had your bus licence on or after 10 September 2008 or your truck licence on or after 10 September 2009 you don’t qualify for acquired rights.
To become a professional bus or truck driver you must pass:
In addition, to maintain your Driver CPC, you must complete 35 hours of periodic training for five years following qualification (one day per year)
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.
The Driver CPC theory tests are part of the Driver CPC process, which is mandatory for all new professional drivers.
Step 1: Drivers must first pass the learner permit theory test and obtain their learner permit.
Step 2: Drivers then must take pass theory tests.
Each stage takes two hours and it's possible to take both tests on the same day. Study material including advice on how to prepare for both CPC Theory tests is available from Prometric Ireland, who also run the learner permit theory tests, the Driver CPC theory test cost €72 each.
Important note: Bus drivers aged between 21 and 24 years and Truck drivers aged between 18 and 21 years must complete steps 1 and 2 above, before they can obtain their learner permit.
This test is conducted in the driving test centre and is usually taken directly after the driving test. A vehicle is required for this session. It is a practical knowledge test lasting 30 minutes. It covers areas such as
Driver CPC theory test: Lo-call: 1890 60 61 06 or go to www.theorytest.ie.
Driver CPC driving and practical test: Lo-call: 1890 50 60 80 or go the RSA’s online booking facility.
If you wish, you can attend training in RSA-approved training centres to help you prepare for your Driver CPC examination.
Drivers with acquired rights:
Your licence will have an issue date before the Spetember 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: