Don’t delay CPC training warn training providers

Telford, UK: Take-up for the mandatory Driver Certificate of Professional Competence has been slow TTC Automotive.

“But time is running out for many professional drivers who have not even enrolled on a course” says Simon Baugh, director of TTC Automotive.

“It’s really important for drivers to start organising the periodic training they need to complete their Driver CPC sooner rather than later in their five year cycle. If they leave it late, they run the serious risk of not being able to become qualified in time,” says Jill Lewis, director of Driver Education and Learning at the Driving Standards Agency.

Diane Gardner, MD of family owned WN Security Shredding, of Shifnal, Shropshire, says the Driver CPC training by Telford’s TTC Automotive was the “right road ahead” for all lorry and truck drivers. It is very worthwhile training.”

HGV drivers have until 2014 to complete 35 hours of training or they will not be allowed to drive professionally and could lose their livelihood,” Baugh says.

Company training budgets have been cut during the economic downturn and it is an individual driver’s responsibility to gain their own qualification, Baugh says.

Training costs will be more expensive as the deadline approaches and leaving it to the last minute will cause problems for busy logistics operations, he says. Driver CPC qualified drivers have a competitive edge in applying for jobs over unqualified colleagues.