PCV D – Driver CPC Initial Qualification

The first step is to complete DVLA form D2, this is the application form for a provisional category D 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) £28.00 and the Hazard Perception Test (19 interactive clips) £12.00.

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 (£24.00).

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

Big Wheelers (South Wales) Limited do not have a PCV category D training vehicle based in South Wales therefore it is not always practical to have a driving assessment.

If you are from a company, an instructor can visit your premises to conduct a free assessment in your vehicle. For this you will need to produce both parts of your provisional PCV category D driving licence. To book an assessment drive please contact our office.

As a guide, on average most car drivers require five days PCV category D 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 four days.

Practical Driver Training & Test (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

After successfully completing 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.

Further Training

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 our dedicated website www.drivercpcsouthwales.co.uk