We have now entered the final year of Cycle 2 of the Driver CPC for many bus and dual Licence holders. The second Driver CPC cards will be issued in 2018 to many existing bus and dual drivers who have successfully completed cycle 2 of the Driver CPC periodic training programme. Here’s a quick overview of the story so far.
The Driver CPC programme was first introduced in the EU Directive 2003/59/EC and later transposed into Irish law in 2008 as SI No 359 European Communities (Vehicle Drivers Certificate of Professional Competence) Regulations 2008. This legislation made it a legal requirement for “new” bus and truck drivers to complete and pass CPC theoretical and practical exams to gain their Driver CPC qualification. If successful, a driver then applies to the RSA for a Driver CPC card which he/she must carry when driving. As a CPC card holder, the driver is then required to participate in periodic Driver CPC training. This involves attending Driver CPC training of 7 hrs (1 day) each year over a 5-year cycle, amounting to a total of 35 hrs over the 5-year period. Dual Licence holders must attend 6 days over the 5-year cycle.
When the Driver CPC legislation came into force in 2008 (Buses & Dual) and 2009 (Trucks), “existing” licence holders were exempt from the Driver CPC exams and entered directly into the 5-year periodic training cycle of completing one Driver CPC training day per year.
The first Driver CPC five-year cycle ended in September 2013 for all “existing” Bus and Dual licence holders and 2014 for Truck Drivers. Bus Drivers who had attended 5 days and dual licence holders who had completed 6 days of Driver CPC training were then issued with Driver CPC cards (valid for 5 years). The periodic training continued and Cycle 2 began in 2013 (Bus and Dual) and 2014 (Truck).
The Driver CPC periodic training cycle 2 will come to a conclusion for Bus and Dual licence holders in September 2018. The second round of Driver CPC cards will be issued to many Bus and Dual licence holders, provided they have completed their Driver CPC periodic training over the previous 5 years. Cycle 2 will be complete for Truck Drivers in September 2019.
The September Cycle 2 deadline does not apply to “new” driver (obtained a Bus licence or Truck Licence and the Driver CPC card for the first time after September 2008 and 2009 respectively). The expiry date of the Driver CPC card marks the end of the driver’s 5-year cycle. Five periodic training days (one day each year) must be completed before a new card can be applied for.
As 2018 is the final year of cycle 2 for many existing drivers, it is important that Drivers check their Driver CPC training records to ensure their periodic training requirements have been met. The easy-to-use RSA website called MYCPC allows drivers to view their Driver CPC records online.
When a driver completes a periodic training day with an RSA approved training provider, the driver details are uploaded to the RSA MYCPC database. When viewed through the RSA website, MYCPC shows which modules have been completed, the Module status and the tutor who provided the training. Drivers can also print off a copy of your CPC training records. Drivers can easily register for MYCPC on the RSA website (www.rsa.ie) with a driver number, email address and date of birth.
If you have fallen behind on or missed any of your CPC training days, drivers should contact the RSA Driver CPC Unit (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive guidance on what they should do next. If you were absent from driving for a period (e.g. employed in another industry) or out of the country for employment and missed training days, you may be required to catch up and complete a number of Driver CPC modules in the one year. Therefore it is important that you check your records or MYCPC sooner rather than later.
Remember, you have twelve months to complete your final DCPC training day in Cycle 2. You don’t have to wait till September 2018!
If you have any further questions or queries don’t hesitate to call into to the Swilly Group office on Business Park Road in Letterkenny, give us a call on 074-9151212 or email us on email@example.com.