Driver CPC Initial Qualification Parts 1 and 2

Driver CPC Part 1 Test: Theory

You can book the Part 1 Theory Test of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) as soon as you have received your provisional licence.

The test is made up of 2 parts; multiple choice and hazard perception.

You have to book both parts separately, but you can take them on the same day.

It does not matter which one you take first but you need to pass both within 2 years of each other to obtain your theory test certificate.

What to take to your test

You must take one of the following:

  • A Great Britain photocard driving licence.
  • A Northern Ireland photocard driving licence and paper counterpart.
  • An EU photocard driving licence and paper counterpart, if you have one.

If you do not have a photocard driving licence, take your paper licence and a valid passport.

Your test will be cancelled and you will lose your fee if you do not take the right documents.

How the test works

Multiple choice questions.

  • You can take a practice test to find out how the test works.
  • This part lasts for 1 hour and 55 minutes, and the pass mark is 85 out of 100.

Hazard perception questions.

  • You can watch a video about how the hazard perception part works.
  • You will watch 19 videos, and there are 20 developing hazards to spot.
  • The pass mark is 67 out of 100.
  • You cannot review your answers.

Your Test Result

You will be given a letter at the test centre with the results of the test/s you have just taken.

When you have passed both parts, your theory test certificate will be posted to you. You will need the certificate when you book your Driver CPC Part 3 Driving Test.

Your theory test certificate is valid for 2 years from when you passed the first part of the test.

You need to pass the Driver CPC Part 3 Driving Test within 2 years of passing the theory test, otherwise, you will have to pass the Part 1 Theory Test again.

If you fail the Theory Tests

You will get a results letter with feedback explaining why you have failed.

You can book another Theory Test straight away, but you cannot actually take it for another 3 clear working days.

Cancelled Tests

You can apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses if the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) cancels your test at short notice.

At the time of writing, theory tests have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic but you will be able to book a test from 9 May 2020. If you are a key worker, you can apply for an emergency theory test.

Driver CPC Part 2 Test: Case Studies

You can book the Part 2 Case Studies Test of the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) as soon as you have got your provisional licence. You do not need to have passed the Driver CPC Part 1 Theory Test.

What to take to your test

You must take one of the following:

  • A Great Britain photocard driving licence.
  • A Northern Ireland photocard driving licence and paper counterpart.
  • An EU photocard driving licence and paper counterpart, if you have one.

If you do not have a photocard driving licence, take your paper licence and a valid passport.

Your test will be cancelled and you will lose your fee if you do not take the right documents.

How the test works

  • The test is made up of 7 case studies that you work through on a computer.
  • The case studies are short stories based on situations that you are likely to come across in your working life.
  • You will be asked between 6 and 8 multiple-choice questions on each case study.
  • The test lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes, and the pass mark is 40 out of 50.

Your Test Result

You will receive a letter with the results at the test centre and you will need the test pass reference number when you book your Driver CPC Part 4 Practical Demonstration Test.

The pass letter is valid for 2 years.

You need to pass the Driver CPC Part 4 Practical Demonstration Test within 2 years, otherwise, you will have to pass the Part 2 Case Studies Test again.

If you fail the test

You will get a result letter with feedback explaining why you have failed.

You can book another Case Studies Test straight away, but you cannot take it for another 3 clear working days.

Cancelled Tests

You can apply for a refund of out-of-pocket expenses if the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) cancels your test at short notice.

At the time of writing, theory tests have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic but you will be able to book a test from 9 May 2020. If you are a key worker, you can apply for an emergency theory test.

Source Part 1 - DVSA
Source Part 2 - DVSA