Brexit what happens with Driver CPC Training now? Well the short answer is nothing at all, for at least two years!
The referendum was a representation of public opinion and Article 50 (which starts the process of the UK leaving the EU) hasn’t been invoked until the Prime Minster has put it into place. Once Article 50 is invoked however, there’ll be a period of at least two years where there’ll be no change at all. After which, the UK will proceed with negotiations, the terms of the exit and any future trade relationships will be decided. This means that Driver CPC will not change in any way, until at least late 2018.
So far it’s the opinion of leading trade associations and legal specialists that Driver CPC obligations are unlikely to significantly change, because the Directive was transposed into UK law in 2007. Possible changes could include a test at the end of each Periodic Training session (which I personally subscribe to). The UK is also a signatory of The European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (ATER), which contains driver CPC obligations. The UK is expected to remain a signatory of AETR as a condition of ongoing trade with the EU.
My advice to drivers and operators is to keep up with your Driver CPC training. Not only has Driver CPC training made a massive and positive impact on drivers knowledge and therefore road safety, but because the likely hood of there being any change is minimal.
Driver CPC Training – What’s the point? Is a question I get asked all the time by drivers. Well, there a many great reasons for Driver CPC Training. I’m now into my 7th year of Driver CPC training and running a Driver CPC Consortium and I’m shocked as to how many professional drivers out there have gaps in their basic ‘need to know’ knowledge. And interestingly, I’m constantly asked “Driver CPC training, what’s the point? Aside from the fact that all HGV drivers should know their EU Drivers Hours, Working Time (RTD), Driver walk round checks & Defect reporting/rectification processes and how to use a Tachograph properly, the fact is many still don’t.
So here’s my eleven reason why taking Driver CPC training can only be beneficial for the professional driver.
It will help to improve your understanding of legislation
It’s always beneficial to undertake refresher training
You may learn something new
It’s a chance to air your grievances
It will help clarify any issues or lack of understanding
It can show how you can work with your employer to help improve working conditions
You can discus the subjects in a open environment and argue your points both positive and negative
It’s a great opportunity to ask questions with a professional Driver CPC trainer and discus with other drivers
Armed with the facts, you can drive/work with confidence – no grey areas
It will help improve your working day through having a better understanding of fuel efficiency, nutrition advice, how to deal with stress, customer service, traffic law and Health & Safety
Any training when driving a large, potentially lethal vehicle can only be beneficial for the driver and the public
Obviously this list isn’t exhaustive but they are the main points. If you disagree or would like to add to the list please feel free, just get in touch!
I can’t think of any reasons why not only taking Driver CPC training is necessary but why you, as a professional driver shouldn’t enjoy your day with like minded individuals. Rather than going into the session with a negative attitude, next time think about how beneficial Driver CPC Training can be for you, your employer and the public!
If you have any questions regarding the above, anything to do with Driver CPC Training or becoming a Driver CPC Consortium please do get in touch, we’re here to share the knowledge!
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!