We are all aware of the importance surrounding the Driver Certificate of Professional Confidence (CPC) qualification. Drivers are required to complete 35 hours of periodic training during every five-year period. Let’s take a look at how to choose the best courses based around your driving needs.
Keep Yourself Ahead of the Loop
There are two main purposes of a CPC course:
- Designed to maintain and enhance drivers skills through continuous professional development
- Encourage drivers to follow best practice as well as compliance standards and ensure that legal, safety and environmental obligations are met and exceeded
We must keep in mind that you have a total of 35 hours to fill with the most relevant subjects. As opposed to repeating the same material, it is much better to choose a selection of different courses offered by QDL Services. Here are some of the options to choose from:
Drivers Hours & WTD courses are focused around working regulations, how to utilise timekeeping equipment, the importance of adhering to compliance guidelines and the penalties for failing to do so. Please note that recent advancements such as digital tachographs are also addressed.
Emergency First Aid at Work (St Johns Ambulance course) training is another useful module; especially if you have limited previous experience. Some topics covered include (but are not limited to) how to manage injuries, how to identify medical conditions and what should be contained within a roadworthy first-aid kit.
Quality Driver is a course designed particularly for commercial LGV drivers. This course has been written by drivers for drivers making it relevant and engaging. It gives an overview all all the topics a professional drivers should know both on and off the road.
QDL Trucksmart courses are primarily concerned with common safety issues that fleet vehicles need to address. Examples include checking for any maintenance issues, safe loading and unloading, how to secure loads, and knowing when to report any problems. Another new course designed to engage as it includes 2x practical exercises making sure that drivers get a hands on experience!
Safe Motorway Driving / Smart Motorways is a great course to take if you wish to gain a greater understanding of the technology and different signs and signals used on Smart motorways, Personal factors that can affect driver behaviour, Road risks and how Smart motorways can improve safety and the roles and responsibilities of Highways England and the Traffic Officers.
LoCITY Driving highlights how vans and LGV vehicles can reduce their impacts upon the environment. Subjects covered include how to save fuel when driving, effective planning before a journey and alternative fuels in commercial vehicles. This is a FORS essential course for all GOLD applications & renewals.
QDL Safe Urban Driving written by QDL Training, also FORS approved (essential for SILVER applications & renewals) this essential training for all commercial drivers operating LGVs regularly in the urban environment and where there are high volumes of vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and pedestrians. There are both theory and practical modules contained within this course in order to provide you with hands-on experience.
Now that we have identified the options for you to choose from, why would you go anywhere else but QDL Training?
To find out more about the options available to you, why not get in touch with us here at QDL Training today on 07526 226573 or 020 8611 2542 and speak to our Training Manager Jaime Wallis.