Driver CPC

West Cork Rural Transport is an approved training centre to deliver the Driver CPC training as set out by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). This training is an EU Directive and it is compulsory for all professional Bus and Truck Drivers. Further information is set out in question and answer format below according to RSA guidelines.


Up coming DriverCPC Courses (May – June 2016)

21/05/2016 (Module 4)  Role of the Professional Driver in the Transport Industry (Bantry)

22/05/2016 (Module 3) Health & Safety for the Professional Driver (Clonakilty)

28/05/2016 (Module 5) The Professional Truck Driver (Bantry)

29/05/2016 (Module 4)  Role of the Professional Driver in the Transport Industry (Clonakilty)

11/06/2016 (Module 2) Minimising Risks and Managing Emergencies in the Transport Industry (Bantry)

12/06/2016 (Module 5) The Professional Truck Driver (Clonakilty)

18/06/2016 (Module 3) Health & Safety for the Professional Driver (Clonakilty)

19/06/2016 (Module 1) Control of Vehicle and Eco Driving Techniques (Bantry)






  1. Control of the vehicle and Eco-driving techniques
  2. Minimising risks and managing emergencies in the Transport Industry
  3. Health and safety for the Professional Driver
  4. Role of the Professional Driver in the Transport Industry
  5. The Professional Truck Driver
  6. The Professional Bus Driver

West Cork Rural Transport is a Registered Charity and not for profit Company. All proceeds from CPC training (or any other training) is reinvested in the Organisation and go towards maintaining current transport services.


Driver CPC – everything you need to know

 What is Driver CPC?:

Driver CPC is a Certificate of Professional Competence for professional bus and truck drivers. Its purpose is to set and maintain high standards of safety and driving among drivers of trucks and buses.

Driver CPC was introduced in Ireland on the 10th September 2008 for bus drivers and the 10th September 2009 for truck drivers.

From these dates on, professional drivers will need to take part in continuous training of one day per year in an RSA approved Training Centre.


How does Driver CPC affect me as a Professional Driver?:

If you are already a professional bus driver on the 10th September 2008 / professional truck driver on the 10th of September 2009, you will get acquired rights for Driver CPC. Your licence should have the date of issue before the 10th September 2008 (for bus drivers), or 10th September 2009 (for truck drivers), which will be evidence of your Driver CPC.

You will then have to do 35 hours of periodic training over the next five years (one day per year) in an approved RSA training centre. When you complete all your periodic training within the five years you will get a card recording your Driver CPC, photograph and signature.

If you do not complete five days of periodic training (one per year) in each five year period you will not get a card and therefore cannot work as a professional driver. There are penalties for drivers who drive professionally without their Driver CPC qualification.


What happens if I don’t obey the rules of Driver CPC?:

If you cannot show your Driver CPC, you are breaking the law and you could get a fine of up to €2,000.

If you fake documentation you could get a fine of up to €5,000.

If you drive without a valid Driver CPC you could get a fine of up to €2,000.

If you or an employer causes or lets another driver who does not have a valid Driver CPC drive a relevant vehicle you / they could get a fine of up to €5,000.


What do I do if I am both a professional bus and truck driver?:

If you have both a bus and truck licence, you will have to do six days of training in five years (42 hours of periodic training in 5 years). There are four training modules which must be completed by both bus and truck drivers; there is one module which is specific to bus drivers; and one which is specific to truck drivers.

A driver with both a bus and a truck licence to maintain will be required to complete all six modules every five years.


Go to The Road Safety Authority website for further details.