The D4 Medical Examination although important is just a small part of the application and training process to become a professional lorry, bus or minibus driver. This process is very detailed and ensures potential drivers have the knowledge and skills required to driver larger vehicles on the road. The stages of your application and Driver CPC training can be found below in the order which you must complete them.
1. Apply for your Provisional Licence: Book Your DVLA D4 Medical
The first stage of applying for a HGV/PCV licence is to gain the provisional entitlement which is done by obtaining a D4 medical examination for one of our Doctors to fill in at one of our nation wide venues, and a D2 application form. Once both of these forms are complete you must send them along with your photo card licence to the DVLA.
2. Book your Theory Test
As soon as you have received your provisional HGV/PCV driving licence back from the DVLA you can book your theory test. Similar to the test you had to take when learning to drive a car, this theory test is slightly more difficult, an extended test and more relevant to lorries and busses. Find out more here: HGV/PCV Theory Test.
3. Start your Driver CPC Training
Introduced by an EU directive, the driver CPC is a qualification all vocational HGV/PCV drivers must hold to drive professionally (apart from a few exceptions).
CPC Module 1
The first stage of your CPC training to become a professional HGV/PCV driver is to pass the theory test mentioned above, divided into two parts you must pass both multiple choice and hazard perception to complete the first of four CPC modules. You can take these tests on the same day but they must be booked separately.
CPC Module 2
On top of passing your multiple choice and hazard perception tests, if you are to become a professional lorry/bus driver you will then need to complete the case study test as the last part of theory and second part of the four CPC modules. You can sit this test before the first two parts of the theory test if necessary. In the case study test you will undergo 7 life like scenarios on a computer relating to situations you may encounter when driving professionally, each with 6-8 questions. After passing the first two CPC modules you can then begin your practical training.
CPC Module 3
After completing the theory parts of your driver CPC training you need to contact a training school if you haven’t already done so, in order to begin your practical driver training. Courses are often the length of a week and usually include the practical driving test on the last day of the course, which is the third module of the driver CPC qualification.
CPC Module 4
The fourth and final part of the driver CPC training is the practical demonstration test which focuses on your ability to tend to your vehicle, testing you in areas such as: ensuring your vehicle is in fully working order. Also, showing you can take measures to stop anyone or anything getting in to your vehicle if not allowed, as well as preparing for travel in a safe manner.
Book Your D4 Medical
If you are considering a career in commercial driving, take your first step by being proactive and ticking off the first box of the application process by booking your medical.
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