Bus driver CPC training, Coach CPC training and truck CPC training are three different CPC courses required by the European Union. The CPC is the Certificate of Professional Competence certification that tests the skills of a person who drives a heavy duty vehicle, such as bus, coach or large truck for a living. This certification was established as a safety regulation so that only the best trained drivers are able to drive heavy duty vehicles.
This certification is a requirement, along with a vocational licence, to drive a bus, coach or other heavy duty vehicle. The CPC certification must be renewed by professional drivers every five years.
When this certification became a requirement, those who were already working in the truck driving industry were not asked to take the exam right away. They were given a specific grace period in order to complete the certification course necessary. All those who were applying to become a bus, coach or other heavy duty truck driver were required to complete the CPC before they could be hired.
Low cost bus driver CPC courses are available. Links to these classes can be found through hgvtraining.co.uk. A knowledgeable person who works in the truck driving industry should be the person instructing a CPC course.