PCV D1 – Driver CPC Initial Qualification:

The first step is to complete DVLA form D2, this is the application form for a provisional category D1 photocard driving licence entitlement.

Next you need to book a PCV medical examination with a doctor to ensure you meet the higher medical standards to drive a PCV. The doctor will complete the DVLA form D4.

You should then send off both parts of your category B (car) licence, D2 and D4 forms to the DVLA in Swansea. DVLA D2 and D4 forms are available from our office or the DVLA.

Booking your Theory Test (Driver CPC Module 1):

When you have received your PCV provisional driving licence back from the DVLA you are then able to book your Driver CPC Module 1 theory test.

The Driver CPC Module 1 PCV theory test is divided into two separate parts; the Multiple Choice Test (100 questions) £26.00 and the Hazard Perception Test (19 interactive clips) £11.00.

Theory Test Centres in South Wales are located in Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Newport and Swansea.

To book a Driver CPC Module 1 PCV theory test you will need your driving licence number and credit or debit card. Theory tests can be booked via the internet at www.direct.gov.uk/drivingtest or by telephoning the booking centre on 0300 200 1122.

If you experience problems in booking your Driver CPC Module 1 theory test please call the office who can book a theory test on your behalf. After passing the theory test we can then start your practical training.

In order to pass the Driver CPC Module 1 theory tests we strongly recommend you study the following material:

  • A book or CD-ROM titled ‘The official theory test for drivers of large vehicles’. This covers the multiple choice test.
  • A DVD titled ‘The official guide to hazard perception’. This includes sample clips, which give you feedback to help you prepare for the hazard perception test.

The Driver CPC Module 1 theory test is not just about the highway code, it covers all topics ranging from vehicle weights and dimensions, drivers’ hours, the carriage of passengers, hazard perception, environmental issues plus other matters relating to passenger carrying vehicles. Mock theory tests can be found on the DSA website www.dsa.gov.uk.

If you have problems in obtaining theory test training material, please contact the office who can provide the material at the RRP plus P&P.

Case Study Test (Driver CPC Module 2)

In addition to passing the two theory tests, if you want to become a professional driver (which means you will drive for a living) you will also need to pass a Driver CPC Module 2 Case Study Test (£23.00).

The Driver CPC Module 2 PCV Case Study Test is computer based. There are seven case study tests, each with between six and eight questions. The questions will be based on real life situations which you may encounter in your working life as a professional driver.

Further information can be found in a book titled ‘Driver CPC the official guide for professional bus and coach drivers’ (£9.99) and also the book titled The Official DSA Guide to Driving Buses and Coaches (£15.99).

The Driver CPC Module 2 PCV Case Study Test can be booked via the internet at www.direct.gov.uk/drivingtest or by contacting our office.

Practical Driving Assessment:

You may wish to attend a free one hour driving assessment. For this you need to produce both parts of your provisional PCV category D1 driving licence. The assessment will consist of a brief demonstration drive by the instructor, followed by you driving on-road in various traffic situations and completing an off-road reversing exercise.

After the assessment drive the instructor can advise as to how many training days are needed in order to reach test standard. Assessment drives are available during most days and also on Saturday mornings. To book an assessment drive, please call our office at your convenience.

As a guide, on average most car drivers require four to five days PCV category D1 training in order to reach test standard. If you passed your car test before January 1997 and have experience in driving vehicles up to 7.5 tonne the course duration may be reduced to just three or four days.

Practical Driver Training & Test (Driver CPC Module 3)

A normal training day will start at 8am and finish at 4pm with training being conducted on a ratio of two students to one instructor. Should training be conducted on a ‘one to one’ basis the training day will be reduced to a four hour period.

The practical training course will cover all aspects required by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) Driver CPC Module 3 Syllabus. Items covered will include vehicle safety check questions, driving on urban & rural roads, procedures at bus stops, dual carriageways & motorways, also off-road reversing and braking exercises.

Big Wheelers (South Wales) Limited are registered with the DSA as a training provider and are able to book Driver CPC Module 3 PCV practical driving tests up to ten weeks in advance. This allows us a great deal of flexibility to arrange a course and test to suit your personal commitments.

Under normal circumstances your Driver CPC Module 3 practical test is always taken on the final day of your training.

Practical Demonstration Test (CPC Module 4)

To achieve the professional Driver CPC initial qualification, you will be required to complete a Driver CPC Module 4 Practical Demonstration Test (£55.00).

The Driver CPC Module 4 test takes place at the practical test centre and the examiner will test your knowledge in the following areas:

  • Prepare for duty in a safe manner
  • Ensure your vehicle is fit for service
  • Inspect and use equipment in conjunction with the Disability Discrimination Act
  • Show you can take measures to ensure that illegal immigrants or goods are prevented from being carried

The Driver CPC Module 4 Practical Demonstration Test can be booked via the internet at www.direct.gov.uk/drivingtest or by telephoning the DSA booking centre on 0300 200 1122.

Further Training:

After passing the Driver CPC Module 4 PCV D1 practical test, candidates will then be able to proceed to PCV D1+E driver training (minibus 9 to 16 passenger seats towing a trailer). Please note this licence is mandatory if the maximum authorised mass of the trailer being towed is greater than 750kgs.

Having passed Driver CPC Modules 1, 2, 3 and 4 the driver will be able to drive professionally and will be sent a Driver Qualification Card, which must be carried whilst driving.

In order to retain the Driver CPC qualification, 35 hours of approved periodic training must then be completed within a 5-year period. Further details regarding Driver CPC Periodic Training are available at www.drivercpcsouthwales.co.uk.