Professional drivers first aid (Driver CPC)

This course is approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) to meet Driver CPC training (Certificate of Professional Competence) requirements for professional drivers of large goods vehicles and passenger carrying vehicles.

The course counts towards seven hours of the required 35 hours training and provides you with the skills and confidence needed to administer first aid in emergency situations while on the road.

What you will learn

Training is highly practical and takes a hands-on approach to learning first aid. The course covers:

The role of the first aider   Fainting
Managing an emergency   Primary survey
Communication and casualty care   Resuscitation (adult CPR)
Asthma   Safer moving and handling
Bleeding (minor and severe)   Shock
Bone, muscle and joint injuries   Spinal injuries
Casualty management (outdoors)   Treatment of an unresponsive casualty
Chest pains    

Course duration

Seven hours. Drivers must complete the full course to gain the seven hours towards Driver CPC. If they only complete half of the course for any reason, they will not be accredited with the qualification or the training hours.


The Professional drivers first aid certificate is valid for three years. This means drivers can re-qualify within the same five-year JAUPT period and the training hours will count separately, giving a total of 14 hours Driver CPC training towards the required total of 35.

St John Ambulance will upload qualification details to the DSA database within five working days of course completion.

Why train with St John Ambulance?

Besides being approved by JAUPT to deliver Driver CPC training, there are some great reasons to choose Professional drivers first aid training with St John Ambulance.

  • Flexible training, where and when you want it
    Courses are scheduled to run at our training centres across the country. For groups with six or more drivers to train, we can arrange training on your premises, at a time that suits you - including on Saturdays.

    On-site training offers even better value per person and eliminates travel time and costs for your group. Make an on-site enquiry here.

  • We go the extra mile - at no extra cost
    Once training is completed, qualification details are uploaded to the DSA database within five working days.

    This is required of all JAUPT-approved centres, but unlike many providers, St John Ambulance offers this service at no additional cost.

  • First aid can be the difference on the road
    In 2011, 7,965 PCVs were involved in accidents on British roads, 89 of which were fatal. In the same year, LGVs were involved in 7,126 accidents, of which 272 were fatal.

    It’s vital that more professional drivers have the skill to save a life.

Driver CPC regulations

EU regulations require drivers of passenger carrying vehicles (PCV) with nine or more seats, and large goods vehicles (LGV) over 3.5 tonnes, to complete 35 hours of training within rolling five year periods.

  • New drivers who acquire a vocational entitlement after the 10 September 2008 (PCV) and/or 10 September 2009 (LGV) will have to obtain the Initial Qualification to drive professionally
  • Existing drivers who held a vocational license prior to 10 September 2008 (PCV) or the 10 September 2009 (LGV) are exempt from the Initial Qualification (known as acquired rights)
  • All drivers must complete 35 hours periodic training every five years following their acquired rights of Initial Qualification.
  • Those drivers that have already met their quota of 35 hours in the current 5-year period cannot have additional hours uploaded so it is important that drivers are aware of how many hours they still require and they tell us at time of booking. Any extra hours do not roll over into the next 5-year period.
  • If a driver does not wish to attend the course for periodic training purposes then they can do so; they will NOT receive a JAUPT certificate. The JAUPT certificate is proof of attendance on a JAUPT approved course and is a legal document. There is a separate certificate available but it may be better for a driver to do a Road users first aid course instead. The JAUPT certificate will be the drivers sole record of completing the course.
  • There is no requirement for assessment on JAUPT courses but there is a need for the driver to play ‘an active role’ in the course.
  • Drivers with foreign licences can still do this course and we can now upload their hours instead of the Foreign driver saving all their certificates until they have the full 35hr quota and then applying directly to the DSA for their DQC (drivers qualification card).


All learners must prove their identity using one of these forms of photo ID, prior to starting the course

  • a photocard driving licence
  • a valid passport
  • a digital tachograph card
  • a driver qualification card (DQC)

All learners must also show they have the right entitlement on their driving licence:

  • Classifications C, C1, C+E, C1+E, D, D1, D+E, D1 + E

Book your place

Book a place online for a scheduled course at your local training centre. If you have a group of drivers to train, bespoke training on your premises is more cost effective. To find out more, call 0844 770 4800** and speak with a St John Ambulance training adviser in your area.

Questions about the course

  1. Can other first aid courses count towards the Driver CPC requirements?
  2. What will happen if PCV and LGV drivers don't meet the requirements?
  3. Who is exempt from Driver CPC?

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