Driver CPC uploading explained

Driver CPC uploading explained

Ever wandered what ‘invalid’ or ‘processing’ means when you check your driver cpc training hours? I get many enquiries regarding issues surrounding driver CPC uploading. There is limited information provided for drivers (and trainers, to a degree) regarding this process. JAUPT do provide a Guide to Recording Driver CPC Periodic Training. However, unless you are a registered training centre, it is unlikely you will find this information easily. Hence this post! Also, as the guide is geared toward the person who will be carrying out the uploads, it therefore contains information not relevant to the driver, which I have filtered out for you below.

As the training status meanings are hot topic, I have listed them first.

What does a driver’s status mean?

Valid – Training is valid and counts towards the drivers Driver CPC entitlement
Invalid – The driver has completed more than 35 hours training in one five year cycle
Cancelled – This training has been cancelled and does not count towards the drivers Driver CPC
entitlement. Training is usually cancelled either because the driver didn’t have the correct entitlement to
take training, or because the training provider has requested the cancellation
Processing – This training has not been validated for one of the following reasons:
  • The driver didn’t have the correct Driver CPC entitlement to take periodic training – DVSA identify drivers who do not have the correct level of entitlement and inform them hours have not been added to their record. If the driver is unable to supply evidence of Driver CPC entitlement DVSA will cancel this training after a minimum period of 1 month. It is worth noting that incorrectly uploaded driver hours are monitored and frequent re-occurrences will trigger further investigation form the DVSA
  • The driver has recently completed the initial qualification tests prior to training – this training can be validated once the test passes are shown on our system
  • DVSA are currently unable to view the driver’s licence entitlements. Therefore DVSA sometimes have to contact the DVLA in order to view the driver’s licence entitlements to assess the validity of the training. If the driver is currently undergoing medical preview with the DVLA, DVSA are often unable to view vocational licence entitlement. This means DVSA are unable to assess the validity of their training until the medical review is complete.
  • Sometimes there maybe a an issue with the centres payment method and the course is awaiting payment
  • The training has been incorrectly uploaded against a GB counterpart – the driver holds a non-UK licence with a GB counterpart. Any training uploaded against a GB counterpart can’t be validated as there is no licence entitlement attached to a counterpart

What identity documents should drivers present before I conduct periodic training?

A driver must present one of the following:

  • a photocard driving licence
  • a valid passport
  • a digital tachograph card

a driver qualification card (DQC)

As above, you should make drivers aware that if they do not have the relevant vocational entitlement periodic training cannot contribute towards issue of a DQC.

A driver may also attend training if they present a non-UK driving licence issued by an EU Member State or one of the following countries: Gibraltar, Guernsey, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

Can drivers take more than one periodic training course in a single day?

DVSA would not recommend undertaking two courses of periodic training in one day; we consider this
an excessive amount of time for an individual to spend in training and be able to effectively retain the information. Periodic training means regular, ongoing training undertaken consistently throughout a driver’s professional career as part of a programme of continuing professional development. DVSA believe drivers will gain more from periodic training if they design a pre-planned learning programme with a definite objective in mind, ie to improve my professionalism over the next 5 year cycle.

Can somebody attend for periodic training if they don’t drive professionally and don’t have Driver CPC entitlement?

As the training provider it is up to you whether to accept attendees who don’t have Driver CPC entitlement e.g. administrative staff. If individuals attend periodic training and do not have Driver CPC entitlement you must ensure that their training will not be uploaded to the Driver CPC R&E system. You should also make them aware that their periodic training will not count towards issue of a DQC or issue them with a certificate of attendance.

Can somebody attend periodic training if they are currently suspended or disqualified from driving?

A driver can still attend for training which can be uploaded should the driver’s categories ultimately be reinstated, though suspended/disqualified drivers cannot undertake on-road periodic training. The driver should be advised that the licence entitlement may not be shown on our system so the training will not be validated unless the categories are reinstated at a later date. If the vocational categories are not reinstated with their original start dates this training may never be validated. You should make this clear to the driver before they undertake any periodic training.

What advice should be given to attendees?

Below is some advice that you may wish to provide to drivers attending periodic training if it is relevant to them:

A DQC is automatically issued to UK photocard licence holders as soon as 35 hours of periodic training have been uploaded to the driver’s record. This should be received within 20 days of completing the final training. If it is not received after this time the driver should contact the DVSA (GB licences) or DVA (NI licences).

A DQC can only be issued to the licence address currently held by DVLA at the time when it is triggered; it is the driver’s responsibility to ensure that their address is up to date with the DVLA before all 35 hours of training are completed. If the DQC is sent to a previous licence address the driver will have to pay £25 for another card to be issued. If the non-receipt of a DQC is not reported to the DVSA/DVA within 3 months, the driver will need to pay £25 for another card to be issued, regardless of the circumstances.

If the driver holds a paper driving licence in order for a DQC to be issued they will need to exchange this for a photocard licence.

Periodic training should be uploaded to the driver’s records directly, by the training provider, within 5 working days. It is the driver’s responsibility to monitor their own hours on the Driver CPC Online Driver Enquiry (ODE) service at www.gov.uk/check-your-driver-cpc-periodic-training-hours. If the driver has already completed 35 hours of training within their current 5 year cycle any further training taken and uploaded is invalid. Northern Irish drivers are currently unable to use ODE so they should contact the DVA to check their recorded periodic training hours.

Periodic training expires after 5 years; if all 35 hours are not completed within 5 years of the earliest training date, those hours which fall out of the rolling five-year period will no longer count towards the issue of any subsequent DQC.

If the driver holds a non-UK driving licence and wishes to obtain a UK DQC they will need to either: Exchange to a UK driving licence, and ask you, as their training provider, to upload the training retrospectively Or, if they want to retain their foreign licence, they will need to apply for their DQC via a DQC1 application form on completion of 35 hours training.

If a driver presents for training with a GB driving licence and a non-UK DQC they should be advised to send their DQC to the DVSA for exchange.

If a driver presents for training with a NI driving licence and a non-UK DQC they
should be advised to send their DQC to the DVA for exchange, enabling the periodic training hours to be validated upon upload.

Online Driver Enquiry (ODE)

Periodic training centres should encourage drivers to register for the ODE service which can be
When a driver has accessed the ODE service to check how many periodic training hours they have accrued
they can generate a temporary password, valid for 21 days, to pass to a 3
rd party to allow access to their periodic training details.
The ODE facility enables drivers to check the amount of periodic training recorded for them. Drivers are
advised to check ODE after five working days of completing periodic training to ensure that it has been
correctly uploaded by their training provider.
This facility can only be used by drivers with a full British driving licence. A driver can only register to use this service when periodic training has been uploaded for them.
The first time a driver uses the system they must click on ‘Register (drivers only)’ which can be found on the bottom left of the screen. The driver will then need to enter their driving licence number, postcode and fill in the captcha code.
A message will then appear informing the driver that a password has been posted out to their address which they will receive within 10 days. The registration password letter will be dispatched to the address currently held by the DVLA.
Once the driver has a password they can select ‘Start now’ which will bring up the login screen. They will then be prompted to enter their driving licence number and password, and to fill in a code. This service is available 24 hours a day, every day.
If they have any problems using this service they can contact DVSA’s customer support team on 0300 200 1122. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.00am to 12.00pm.
Northern Ireland licence holders must contact the DVA to check their hours if they want written confirmation. ODE is not available to NI licence holders as the licensing authority (DVA) is not linked to this system.

Recording Driver CPC Periodic Training

To record a driver’s training hours on DVSA’s R&E system drivers must provide their driving licence number. Please note it remains the trainer’s responsibility to ensure that the driver genuinely holds the driving licence number presented on the day; each approved training body should have its own procedures in place to guarantee this.

You must upload the training records to the CPC R&E system within five working days of the course completion date; drivers cannot have training uploaded twice for the same date. The CPC R&E (Recording & Evidencing) system is the central training record database for UK driving licence holders and is managed by DVSA.

Training must be uploaded promptly and accurately to prevent any delay in the driver receiving their DQC. As all professional bus, coach and lorry drivers must carry their DQC with them at all times when they are working any delay can have a serious impact.

You must keep full, accurate records of all periodic training conducted for audit purposes. All information should be retained securely in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

We consider it best practice for centres to regularly review uploads using the ‘View training centre history’ facility to ensure all drivers have been uploaded correctly.

You should not upload periodic training until the driver has completed the full course; if the driver had to leave early the upload would have to be cancelled after the event. Only those drivers who complete the course in its entirety can be uploaded

If you have any difficulties with the CPC R&E system, please contact the CPC R&E section at the DVSA.

Recording Periodic Training for Non-UK Licence Holders

When non-UK licence holders attend periodic training in the UK you are required to complete the ‘Non-UK Licence Upload Template’. This can be found on gov.uk. You must complete one template per course attended. This template should be e-mailed to eudrivertraining@dsa.gsi.gov.uk within five working days of the course completion date.

On receipt of the e-mail a member of staff will call you to take the upload fee via credit/debit card; normal upload fees apply. You must make sure you include a contact name, email address and preferred contact number, and ensure that your named contact has access to
all details of the card necessary for payment.

DVSA cannot take payment for these uploads via prefunded account and the training cannot be viewed using the online training centre history. You should maintain your own centre’s records of periodic training undertaken by non-UK driving licence holders in line with your normal procedures. These records will be subject to the usual audits.

On completion of 35 hours training the driver will need to apply for a DQC using a DQC1 application form if they want to retain their foreign licence. If they decide to exchange to a UK driving licence, they may contact you at a later date to upload this training retrospectively. You must contact the DVSA to claim back your original upload fee and report the late upload of the training to the CPC R&E system.

TMconsultant provide opportunities to deliver periodic driver CPC training. If you would like to learn more about how to become a driver cpc trainer/a member of the consortium or have any questions, please do just get in touch!

 

 

DVSA amended their guidance about DQC validity dates

DVSA amended their guidance about DQC validity dates

DVSA amended their guidance about DQC validity dates to make it clearer for drivers, operators and trainers.

DVSA won’t issue DQCs with more than five years validity on the card

Prior to November 2016 when a driver with a valid DQC hit their 35 hour of period training their next DQC would usually have a validity period of greater than five years. DVSA will instead issue drivers with a subsequent DQC, to confirm validity periods of greater than five years, before their current card expires.

Drivers can view the specific date their subsequent card will be issued using the online driver enquiry service (ODE)

We strongly encourage all drivers to sign up for the ODE

The important things to remember are:

  • drivers will not lose any validity from their DQCs because of this change
  • if a driver reaches 35 hours of periodic training well in advance of their current DQCs expiration date they will automatically receive their subsequent DQC at least 90 days before the current card expires.
  • If a driver has less than 12 months validity on their current card their subsequent card will be despatched immediately when they hit their 35 hour of periodic training.
  • If the validity period across both cards is greater than five years drivers should note that any periodic training undertaken cannot be validated against a future DQC.

When should drivers expect to receive subsequent cards?

A driver who holds a DQC with more than 12 months validity and completes 35 hours periodic training will receive a subsequent DQC within the last twelve months validity of their current DQC. This would usually be despatched on the same date their first DQC was issued:

  • a driver who currently holds a DQC acquired via periodic training with an expiry date of 09/09/2019 who completes another 35 hours of period training on 01/03/2016 will have their subsequent DQC issued on 01/03/2019 – synchronised to the date their second 35 hours was complete (01/01)

However, if a driver who holds a DQC with more than 12 months validity completes 35 hours of periodic training and the date their card was originally issued is close to the expiry of the current DQC, their subsequent DQC will be issued 90 days before the date they completed their second 35 hours. For example:

  • a driver who currently holds a DQC acquired via periodic training with an expiry date of 09/09/2019 who completes periodic training on 01/09/2018 (8 days before the anniversary of his cards expiration) for the period 10/09/19 to 09/09/2024. The subsequent DQC will be issued on 27/05/2019 (90 days + 8 days before the anniversary of training)

Drivers who want to know specifically when their card will be despatched can view this using the ODE.

Keeping address details up to date

DVSA suggests that periodic trainers should remind drivers to must make sure that DVLA has their most up-to-date address details to avoid any delays in receiving their DQCs.

JAUPT announced audit 2018

TMconsultant pass JAUPT announced audit 2018 with flying colours!

Congratulations are in order as TMconsultant pass JAUPT announced audit 2018 with flying colours!

On 24 April 2018 TMconsultant were audited by JAUPT to ensure we fully comply with legislation relating to the DIRECTIVE 2003/59/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 15 July 2003 on the initial qualification and periodic training of drivers of certain road vehicles for the carriage of goods or passengers, amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3820/85 and Council Directive 91/439/EEC and repealing Council Directive 76/914/EEC.

The main areas of audit consisted of:

  • Centre details
  • Communication
  • Scheme of Control – how we manage the consortium
  • Sampling of records

Arrival Time 08:15 Departure Time 13:15

Executive Summary

Overall, a well structured Centre under the control of an experienced and knowledgeable Primary Contact ensuring appropriate training is being delivered to professional drivers. The Centre was seen to have effective controls in place to ensure standards are maintained.

Would you like to join our consortium and become a member? For more information please do get in touch!

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Great ways to make Driver CPC training more exciting

As Driver CPC trainers we’re always looking for great ways to make Driver CPC training more exciting for drivers. Not only do we need to ensure our delegates are kept engaged and motivated throughout the session, we trainers also need to be motivated as we’re teaching driver CPC day in day out.

Teaching is an art form. Great trainers hold our attention, make us laugh, help us to fully understand complex subject matter and, most of all, inspire us!

Get off to a good start

Kick off by giving a overview of you and brief history of your achievements. What your experience is and why you love teaching. Tell your your attendees what you are going to learn and how those skills will help them achieve their goals. Break down inhibitions by using an ice breaker. For example, you could ask drivers to break up into groups of two, one delegate will tell the other where they are from, who they work for and an interesting nugget of information the class will find funny. Each will tell the rest of the delegates about the other.

Change the room layout

Training rooms tend to be laid out in the same way, rows of tables and chairs. The easiest way is to just rearrange the room into a more interesting layout each time you deliver training.

Your choice of venue can also have an impact on engagement. A space full of light, colour and texture can prove far more inspiring than a bland, windowless meeting room.

Use props

To make your teaching even more visual, add in some real life props. These could be practical items such as old vehicle units, a model of a vehicle, straps, charts etc….anything that will help liven up the proceedings and help people to remember.

Although the nature of Driver CPC training is serious, it is important to remember that people learn best when they are having fun.

Play games

Which leads us nicely on to……games are a brilliant way for people to learn without even realising it. This could be ‘Generation Game’ style tasks, quizzes, puzzles, crosswords, memory games or ordering tasks – anything that focuses the attention. You can even do it against the clock for extra excitement.

Introducing a quick quiz at the end of each content section, helping recap on what’s been learned. You could offer a small prize for the winner!

Accommodate different learning styles

People learn in different ways. Some of us are visual learners, preferring pictures, videos and diagrams, while others respond to spoken and written word, music, logic and reasoning or even physical activities.

Try to vary your teaching by combining traditional linguistic teaching methods, with audio and visual presentations, written handouts, interactive tasks, and group work. This will provide an inclusive environment for all learning styles and ensure no one gets left behind.

Facilitate Engagement in Training

It’s important to create an emotional connection with the learner. Storytelling is great way to facilitate engagement in training. Case studies are a great way to tell a story and show impact.

Tell stories or use metaphors

Try to make it relatable to everyday life by using real examples and case studies or even creative metaphors or parables.

By associating imagery that is left of field to what you are actually teaching, such as comparing driver to a golf club, I think you can see where I went with that. This way you can more easily embed it in your delegates’ memories.

Keep it short

One of the best ways to keep your audience engaged is not overloading them with information. Go on too long and the brain simply shuts off and people stop listening.

As Driver CPC is taking place over the course of a day, schedule in plenty of short breaks. As well as giving attendees a chance to get up, walk around and take refreshment, you should also facilitate ‘downloading’ of learnings.

Give them time to write and organise notes and assist them by providing pens, pads, sticky notes and highlighters etc.

Provide recognition and reward

Training participants will be more motivated to successfully complete the course if their efforts are recognised and they have something to show for it at the end.

Make attendees know they will receive personalised certificates to mark their participation and perhaps also consider extra incentives such as a competition or small prizes for top students. An element of good-natured competition can keep the attention of those attendees with a competitive streak!

Let them teach you

Break into small groups. Assign each group a section of reading material. Have each team write down the major points on a flip chart and do a team presentation to the rest of the class. This exercise really increases energy!

Conclusion

Great ways to make Driver CPC training more exciting is as much about entertaining your delegates as informing them. Make your training lively, varied, fun and unexpected and your participants will learn quicker and better!

If you would like to know more about teaching Driver CPC please do get in touch. Here to share the knowledge!

Driver CPC Course Quality Self Assessment Checklist

Driver CPC Course Quality Self Assessment Checklist

As TMconsultant affiliate consortium members you know it is very likely you will have an unannounced visit from JAUPT at some point. So here is JAUPT’s Driver CPC Course Quality Self Assessment Checklist to help you better understand what the auditor will be looking for. I’ve included the top line headers below. For the full downloadable PDF version click here 

The purpose of Course Quality Assurance Visit is to check whether standards are being maintained across courses being delivered. An approved training course can be subject to unannounced visits at any time from a JAUPT or DVSA/DVA representative and a similar form will be completed. To help you with this process we have devised this self-assessment checklist so that you are aware of. We hope that this self-assessment will assist you with the identification of areas of continuous improvement and ensure that you are ready for any visit by a JAUPT or DVSA/DVA auditor. The areas covered include: the quality and delivery of the training, knowledge transfer, the learning environment, the course content, ensuring the course is being delivered in line with the approved course layout and identification checks and registration. Where possible we have indicated a link to resources which may assist you when completing the form. The responsibility for quality and safety at an approved training centre lies with the responsible contact i.e. the person operationally responsible for periodic training. By completing this self-assessment it is not in itself a suitable and sufficient means of ensuring full compliance.

COURSE QUALITY ASSURANCE SELF ASSESSMENT

SECTION 1 DELIVERY REQUIREMENTS

Version Control April 2017
1.1
The identity and licence checks are completed on each day of the course prior to the start of training?
Register delegates and check their identities: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/run-a-driver-cpc-training-course
1.2
For practical on-road driving training, trainee licence entitlement checks are completed and recorded?
Register delegates and check their identities: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/run-a-driver-cpc-training-course
1.3
A full auditable trail to confirm attendance and ID checks are completed on the day?
Register delegates and check their identities: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/run-a-driver-cpc-training-course
1.4
The trainer delivered the course in accordance with the course summary to ensure learning outcomes were
met? Train the drivers using your approved course https://www.gov.uk/guidance/run-a-driver-cpc-training-course
1.5
The number of trainees in attendance is conducive to learning in the environment used?
1.6
Trainees attended the course for the minimum period for which the course
is approved? Train the drivers using your approved course https://www.gov.uk/guidance/run-a-driver-cpc-training-course
1.7
The observed session met the Level 2 requirement? https://www.jaupt.org.uk/news/2015/11/level-2-guidance

SECTION 2 TRAINING ENVIORNMENT

2.1
The training area was free from significant distractions/disruptions?
2.2
Adequate space and seating is available for all trainees in attendance?
2.3
The room layout is suitable for the trainer and training aids are visible to all trainees?
2.4
Resources are legible and audible to all trainees?
2.5
The training room has adequate ventilation, temperature & lighting? http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg293.pdf
2.6
The training venue’s welfare facilities are adequate? http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg293.pdf

SECTION 3 COURSE INTRODUCTION & STRUCTURE

 3.1
Trainees have been given a safety briefing that included: Fire evacuation and health & safety procedures?
3.2
The trainer explained how the course would run on the day and included an overview of topics & breaks?
3.3
Trainees are given up-to-date information about security & fair processing of their personal information?
3.4
The trainer included a learning agreement? e.g. trainer & trainees expectations of the course and conduct regarding mobile phone, mutual respect, participation and confidentiality?
3.5
Trainees have been told the aims and objectives of the course?
3.6
At the start of the course the trainer established the trainees pre-existing knowledge of the subject matter?

SECTION 4 APPROVED CONTENT

4.1
The learning materials, equipment and learning environment have been adequately prepared before the
proposed start time of the course?
4.2
The approved course content is suitable and relevant to the industry
sector of the trainees in attendance?
drivers-using-your-approved-course
4.3
The course included practical activities and all trainees were engaged throughout?
4.4
Training aids used (e.g. DVDs, Case Studies, etc) are relevant to the subject matter delivered?
4.5
The approved course summary has VRU content?
4.6
The observed session contained VRU?
4.7
The Driver CPC/SAFED Logo was being used in accordance with the most recent Logo Guidelines?
https://www.jaupt.org.uk/media/599289/driver-cpc-logo-guidelines-v6.pdf

SECTION 5 TRAINER DELIVERY

5.1
Knowledge: The trainer demonstrated appropriate knowledge of the subject?
5.2
Questioning Techniques: The trainer used various styles of questions that were relevant to the course objectives?
5.3
Control & Participation: The trainer controlled discussions, stimulated participation and encouraged the trainees to remain focused throughout?
5.4
Delivery Method & Resources: The trainer followed the delivery method and utilised the resources specified in the Approved Course Summary?
5.5
Confidence & Enthusiasm: The trainer was confident, with controlled voice and body language.
5.7
Wrap up: The trainer checked knowledge transfer with the group and provided opportunities for questions/clarification and confirmed the learning outcomes were achieved?
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Talent in logistics

JK Transport win the Talent in Logistics Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year Award 2017

We are very proud and pleased to announce that our very own Consortium member JK Transport win the Talent in Logistics Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year Award 2017! “The Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year Award, sponsored by Women in Logistics, went to JK Transport Training Services Ltd who has exceeded customer expectations and improved driver engagement.” They beat off competition from big boys Tesco Distribution and other very worthy competitors.

JK Transport - Talent in Logistics winner 2017- Driver CPC Training Provider

Managing Director James Kirwin says “we won the Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year at the Talent in Logistics Awards last night in Telford. It’s great to be recognised by our industry as a quality training provider, or THE quality training provider, in a very competitive market. Congratulations to the runners-up including Tesco! Thanks to the award sponsors, Women in Logistics Group. We also met Michael & Katrina Ferran of Transport Consulting Company and discussed our experiences of CPC delivery. Many of these were common to both businesses.”

JK Transport Training Services have been a member of the TMconsultant driver CPC training consortium right from our humble beginnings and have now grown into a leading driver CPC provider in the North of England. Although they are based in Middlesborough, JK Transport have recently expended delivery of Driver CPC nationally. Not only do JK Transport supply Driver CPC, they also offer top class HGV training services, compliance audits, external transport management consultancy and driver assessments. Congratulations again JK Transport Training Services!

If you would like to book your Driver CPC training with JK Transport Training Services you can contact them here.

If you would like to become a member of the TMconsultant Driver CPC consortium just get in touch. Here to share the knowledge!

How to become a Driver CPC trainer

How to become a Driver CPC trainer

How to become a Driver CPC trainer

In this post under Driver CPC training, we’ll look at how to become a Driver CPC trainer, analysing the differing routes you can take to become a Driver CPC trainer. If you’re already working in the transport industry then it might be easier than you think!

Are you qualified?

So how to become a Driver CPC trainer? The first thing you need to do is asses your current status, essentially are you qualified and what is your experience?

To become a Driver CPC training instructor, you will need to be suitably qualified within the subject matter you would like to teach and have the relevant skills and experience. So, if you’re a qualified Transport Manager or an experienced HGV driver for example, then it’s likely you already posses most of those skills and experience needed.

The other skill/experience/qualification you’ll need is for the teaching itself. If you don’t have any (or limited) teaching experience, then you should consider taking a ‘train the trainer course’. This is usually a 5 day course which will provide you with all the information and training you’ll need to teach Driver CPC training. There’s plenty of train the trainer courses out there, just Google it or have a butchers at the RHA’s course here. It’s worth noting the RHA are ridiculously expensive but it is a very comprehensive course, I took it myself!

Once you’re qualified then you’re ready to go to the next stage. There’s a few routes you can take depending on your circumstances. Depending on whether you want to deliver in-house training, you’re a freelancer, a bolt on to your existing business or start up a new business.

Route 1. Applying for a Driver CPC trainer job

Most training centres will only employ you part time on a ad hoc basis. So essentially you’ll be a freelancer, but you never know there maybe some full time positions out there. I’m not going to teach you to suck eggs when it comes to applying for a job as I’m sure you’re be well versed in this area. Just make sure your CV is up to date and well written. I might write a ‘how to write a winning CV and covering letter’ at some point but we’ll save that for another time. A great way to earn a decent living from Driver CPC training is to tout yourself to various centres AND set yourself up under an already existing Driver CPC Consortium leader…….

Route 2. Join a Driver CPC Consortium

This is an awesome way to become a driver CPC trainer and run your own business at the same time! It’s a great alternative to setting up a Driver CPC training centre in your own right, (see below). Consortium leaders are fully fledged Driver CPC training centres. But they have the authority to manage Consortium members under their umbrella to deliver Driver CPC training. It’s essentially a cost effective and hassle free way to set up your own Driver CPC training business.

Many freelancers and in-house Transport Managers do it this way. It’s pretty much the same as setting up a driver CPC training centre but without the hassle and the high costs. There’s a few Driver CPC consortium leaders out there but of course, I’m going to promote my own driver CPC training consortium! For more info and how to apply go here. The remaining alternative is to set up your own Driver CPC training centre……

Route 3. Set up a Driver CPC training Centre

You’ll need to go through a company called JAUPT.  They supply the provision of applications and quality assurance of centres and courses delivering periodic training on behalf of the DVSA in Great Britain and the DVA in Northern Ireland. You’ll need to apply to open a training centre and apply for the courses you want to deliver. One of the most difficult aspects of this is writing the scheme of control. This is a document which covers all the policies and procedures which you’ll need to run your centre. If you need help with this then please do let me know as I am well versed with writing said documents. However, I also offer a JAUPT SoC template, along with other policy templates which are available in my shop.

Regarding the actual Driver CPC courses, (the construction of which is lengthy process), takes time and effort to get right. I’ll cover ‘how to write a great driver CPC course’ in a later post. However, you can also purchase ready made Driver CPC course presentations and make them your own. The costs vary and some suppliers prices are way over the top! Shameless plug for my own Driver CPC courses (presentations) for sale here!

The main point here though is, if you feel teaching periodic Driver CPC is for you and you work in transport, so anything from taxi drivers to HGV/LGV drivers to Transport Managers then the chances are you’re perfect for teaching Driver CPC training!

I hope you found my how to become a Driver CPC trainer post useful. If you need any advice or further information please do get in touch. We’re here to share the knowledge!

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