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
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
|Managing an emergency
|Communication and casualty care
||Resuscitation (adult CPR)
||Safer moving and handling
|Bleeding (minor and severe)
|Bone, muscle and joint injuries
|Casualty management (outdoors)
||Treatment of an unresponsive casualty
The seven hour course can be run in one day or split over two
consecutive days. 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
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
- We go the extra mile - at no extra
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
- First aid can be the difference on the
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
It’s vital that more professional drivers have the skill to save a
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
- All drivers must complete 35 hours periodic
training every five years following their acquired rights of
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
Can other first aid courses count towards the Driver CPC
What will happen if PCV and LGV drivers don't meet the
Who is exempt from Driver CPC?
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