How to set up a driver cpc training centre

How to set up a Driver CPC Training Centre

Have you thought about setting up your own Periodic Driver CPC Training Centre and are unsure about how to go about it? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this post we will guide you through the process, step by step on how to set up a Driver CPC training centre, ensuring you are equipped to provide high-quality and engaging training to meet the ongoing professional development needs of drivers.

Step 1: Understand the Regulatory Framework

Familiarise yourself with the specific regulations and requirements governing periodic Driver CPC training. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) oversees these regulations, and it’s crucial to understand the legislation, guidelines, and procedures involved.

The application process requires you to assure DVSA/DVA you are compliant with statutory requirements, demonstrate how you deliver Driver CPC training to a high-quality standard and submit well-thought-out courses. This is achieved by completing a robust Centre Scheme of Control (SoC). The Centre Scheme of Control (SoC) sets out in detail the way you monitor and manage training and how you address the risks in relation to the size and structure of your operation.

Step 2: Define Training Programs

Determine the training programs you will offer at your Driver CPC training centre. Periodic training covers a range of topics related to driver competence, regulations, safety, and professionalism. Identify the modules and topics mandated by the regulatory authority using the Driver CPC Syllabus and develop a curriculum that meets these requirements.

Step 3: Develop Engaging Course Material

Create engaging and interactive course material for each module. Incorporate a variety of teaching methods such as presentations, tasks, videos, case studies, group discussions, and practical exercises. Tailor the content to ensure it is relevant, up-to-date, and aligned with the specific needs of professional drivers.

Step 4: Recruit Qualified Instructors

You will need qualified instructors who possess the necessary expertise in driver training and regulations. This could be you or you could hire in your trainers. A Driver CPC trainer will need to possess excellent communication skills, the ability to engage and motivate learners, and a deep understanding of the transportation industry.

Step 5: Establish Training Infrastructure

Set up a suitable training infrastructure for your periodic Driver CPC centre. This will include well-equipped classrooms, audiovisual aids, training materials, and other necessary resources. A classroom can be anywhere as long as it meets the minimum requirements. You can also take the option of remote delivery, just ensure you create a comfortable and conducive learning environment that facilitates effective knowledge transfer and practical skill development.

Step 6: Obtain Regulatory Approval

Obtaining approval and accreditation for your periodic Driver CPC training centre comes in two parts. The first part requires you to complete an application form for centre approval. You will need to compile your SoC and send any supporting documents. The application fee for centre approval is £1500.

The second part requires an application to be completed for the courses/modules you would like to deliver. You will also need to submit trainer evidence for every course/module the instructor intends to deliver. There is a fee of £36 per hour of course length (such as £252 for a 7-hour course).

For quality control, purposes, DVSA will audit your centre at least once within the first year of your approval. Your centre can be audited more than once during the 5-year approval. Your courses will also be subject to a DVSA unannounced audit. The frequency, of course audits will depend on the quality of your training delivery.

Step 7: Implement Effective Administration and Record-Keeping

Establish efficient administrative processes to manage attendee enrollment, scheduling, record-keeping, and the issue of certification. Utilise tools such as spreadsheets, software or customer relationship management (CRM) systems to streamline these tasks. Adhere to data protection and privacy regulations to ensure the security and confidentiality of driver information.

Step 8: Promote Your Training Centre

Implement a comprehensive marketing strategy to promote your Driver CPC training centre. Develop a professional website, advertise, utilize social media platforms, collaborate with local transportation companies, and engage with industry associations. Highlight the benefits of choosing your centre, such as experienced instructors, flexible scheduling (Note: you must give DVSA no less than 48 hours to schedule a planned course), and a commitment to ongoing professional development.

In Conclusion

Delivering Driver CPC training can be an incredibly rewarding endeavour. Not only does it provide an opportunity to contribute to the development and enhancement of professional drivers, but it also allows you to make a positive impact on road safety and the overall transportation industry. As long as you have gained a solid understanding of the regulatory framework, curriculum development, instructor recruitment, infrastructure setup, and efficient administrative processes, you’ll be well on the way to running a successful Driver CPC training centre.

If you would like some help with setting up your centre, or would just like to talk through your plans with someone, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to share the knowledge!

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