New drivers who acquire a PCV licence (D1, D1+E, D, D+E licence) after the 10th September 2008 and/or an LGV entitlement (C1, C1+E, C or C+E licence) after the 10th September 2009 will have to obtain the Initial qualification in addition to their licence to drive professionally.
New drivers who are still able to obtain a vocational licence but can defer the Initial Qualification by up to a maximum of one year whilst, still being able to drive professionally.An example of a National Vocational Training programme would be an Apprenticeship in Driving Goods Vehicles. Drivers intending to use this concession will have to register with the Driving Standards Agency.
Existing drivers who held a licence prior to the 10th September 2008 (PCV) or the 10th September 2009 (LGV) are exempt from the Initial Qualification.
All professional drivers (new and existing drivers) must complete a total of 35 hours Periodic Training every 5 years following their "acquired rights" or Initial Qualification to keep their Driver CPC valid. Existing drivers must complete their Periodic Training by September 2013 (PCV) and September 2014 (LGV).