Driver CPC regulations require that training is delivered in seven hour blocks or multiples thereof. As a result, approved courses are either seven hours, 14, 21 or 35 hours in length. Shorter courses can be combined to make 7 hours. E.g. Drivers can take two 3.5 hour courses to make a 7 hour uploadable block.

In order for two 3.5 hour sessions to count as a 7 hour course, they must be taken within the same 24 hour period.

JAUPT will not accept uploads of hours which do not meet these rule.

Longer courses, such as our Transport Manager CPC Refresher course, are uploaded as two separate 7 hour sessions.

Other Regulations Relating to Driver CPC Hours.

Just as paid holiday counts as 8 hours of working time, Driver CPC courses also count towards a driver’s working time limits and the 48 hour average during a reference period. Drivers should, on their return to work following a Driver CPC course, carry out a manual entry showing the working time used during the training. This should be a full and accurate record.

Drivers taking courses around their work should also be careful to ensure that proper Working Time Directive breaks are taken and recorded during the training. The course trainer will ensure that at least 30 minutes of continuous break is taken in a 7 hour training session. Of course it is crucial that proper daily and weekly rests are taken.

Below is an illustration of how our seven hour courses are arranged to ensure proper breaks and rests can be taken.

The course trainer will agree with the course participants a way to incorporate the allowed 1 hour of break into the course. Either the break will be taken as a single 1 hour lunch break or a 15-30-15 arrangement where tea, coffee and if desired, smoking/vaping breaks can split up the course content at a suitable place.

RPS Driven Media Ltd has also looked at the regulations and developed the Work and Learn Driver CPC. This is aimed at operations like Cash and Carry, Van Sales, Automotive Parts distribution and Pallet Network operations where working shifts are often around 10 hours in duration.

The concept is simple and illustrated in the diagram below.

The diagram shows a day operation but it can also be used in line with a night trunking operation. Either the driver undertakes the training prior to leaving for work in an evening or the driver completes their night trunking run and joins a 3.5 hour session first thing in the morning before going to bed.

The diagram shows two 4.5 hour working sessions split by a 45 minute break, an hour for the driver to get to the training and then a 3.5 hour course. This operating pattern on two back to back days allows the driver to complete the 7 hours required for an upload within the 24 hour period.

While it may require careful planning, the two major benefits of this system are that the operator doesn’t lose much work due to training, the driver could still work a full six day week with a reduced weekly rest if needed. The driver meanwhile can complete his working day and undertake CPC training whilst still fitting into a reduced daily rest period.

Driver CPC during COVID-19

You Will Need:

  • A Laptop or tablet computer.
  • A webcam – external or built in. IT MUST BE ACTIVE THROUGHOUT THE COURSE
  • A headset with microphone. IT MUST BE ACTIVE THROUGHOUT THE COURSE



  • 15 minutes prior to the course time, join the online meeting.
  • You will need to show your proof of ID to the camera prior to starting the course.
  • If you disconnect during the course and do not rejoin, you will not be credited with Driver CPC hours.
  • On successful completion of the course content, you will be issued a print at home certificate by email. (Allow 24 hours for delivery.)
  • You are responsible for ensuring that you have taken sufficient break, daily or weekly rest periods. Driver CPC training counts as Other Work and a manual entry should be made on your tachograph card when returning to work to reflect the worked hours of the course.

During the first lockdown for COVID-19 the DVSA extended Driver Qualification Cards which were set to expire. From the second lockdown and through the Tier System, JAUPT gave approval to some training centres and consortiums to deliver training courses online.

As with face to face learning, JAUPT reserve the right to enter any course in progress to audit compliance. Which means that a JAUPT assessor can join an online class.

Drivers taking training online are required to be present throughout the training. They must prove this by having an active microphone and webcam at all times and they must engage with the training. RPS Driven Media Ltd reserves the right to refuse to upload hours for drivers who do not participate.

The learning environment must be free from distractions, so TVs, radios and other entertainment must be turned off. Other members of the workplace or household setting must be instructed not to interrupt or interfere in any way with the training. Drivers will be marked as present on the course by the instructor and are not required to sign in but are required to provide photographs of driving licences and DQCs ahead of the course which can be used to confirm the drivers identity.

Drivers who do not follow these rules, co-operate with the facilitation of the course or have regular distractions from devices or people will be excluded from the course and not refunded.


After 10 years in the haulage industry, rising to running my own small fleet of vehicles, I left the cab behind to focus on training the next generation of drivers. I now run RPS Driven Media, give driving lessons as a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor and relate my experience of road haulage in Driver CPC courses throughout the year.

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