Returning to be an HGV or bus driver
If you previously qualified, you do not have to do the full qualification process again to bring your Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) up to date.
Check and renew your licence
If you’re not sure whether your licence is still valid, you can check what vehicles you’re allowed to drive.
You need to renew your licence if it’s expired.
Bring your Driver CPC up to date
What you need to do depends on when you originally got your heavy goods vehicle (HGV) or bus licence.
Some employers offer help with the cost of training.
If you got an HGV licence before 10 September 2009 or a bus licence before 10 September 2008
You can either:
- complete 35 hours of Driver CPC training by finding and taking training courses
- take and pass the Driver CPC part 2 (case studies) and the Driver CPC part 4 (practical demonstration) tests
If you’ve already taken parts 2 and 4 of the Driver CPC tests, you cannot take them again. You must take 35 hours of training instead.
If you got an HGV licence on or after 10 September 2009 or a bus licence on or after 10 September 2008
You need to complete 35 hours of Driver CPC training by finding and taking training courses.
Any training you’ve done in the last 5 years counts towards the total. The training counts for 5 years from the date you took the course.
After you’ve completed your training or tests
Your new Driver CPC card will be sent to the address on your driving licence when you’ve completed your training or tests.