STEP 2 - Taxi & Bus Driver Periodic Training

Taxi driver periodic training is a legal requirement for anyone who obtained their taxi driving licence on or after 1st September 2015.  Drivers who acquired their licence prior to 1st September 2015 will need to complete Taxi Periodic Training if they wish to renew their licence. All taxi drivers will be subject to the full requirement of 35 hours every five years in order to retain their taxi driving licence.

Taxi Drivers in Northern Ireland will not be able to renew their taxi driver licence until they have completed the required amount of periodic training which must include at least one Disability Awareness course of a minimum of 3.5 hours.

The training must have been delivered by a training provider authorised by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI).  TTS is approved by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) to deliver Taxi Periodic training.

Course Cancellation: No refund will be made for any candidate who fails to attend or does not complete the course. Cancellations or changes must be made within a specified timeframe before the course date, otherwise full fees will be charged and no refund will be made.  The cancellation policy for this course is 5 working days prior to the course start date.

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You will need the following information for each course participant:

- Full Name
- Email Address
- Mobile Number
- Driving Licence Number (if applicable)
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- Any applicable dietary or access requirements

If you know who the participants of the course will be, it is advisable that you find out this information and upload it at the time of booking. If you do not yet know who the course participants wi4ll be and you just want to book a number of spaces at this stage, you have until five working days prior to the course to complete the participant details within your Account example, course dates and times and what they need to bring with them. Please ensure that you have sought the permission of the individuals to pass on this information. If you do not have the necessary permissions to share your employee contact details or do not wish for your employees to be contacted directly, please enter your own contact information to receive the confirmation and reminder details for onward distribution. Dashboard.

We ask for your employees email addresses and mobile numbers so that we can send them course details in advance, for example, course dates and times and what they need to bring with them. Please ensure that you have sought the permission of the individuals to pass on this information. If you do not have the necessary permissions to share your employee contact details or do not wish for your employees to be contacted directly, please enter your own contact information to receive the confirmation and reminder details for onward distribution.

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Theory Module 2 Explainer

If you want to drive professionally you need a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) qualification. Driver CPC training is continual professional development which carries on throughout a professional bus, coach or lorry driver's career. Once you pass your Driver CPC, you'll be issued with a Driver Qualification Card (DQC), sometimes referred to as a CPC card.

In most cases if you are driving during your working hours, either as your main job, or if you drive on behalf of your employer at any time while being paid for your work (even if this is infrequent or not part of your usual duties), you will require Driver CPC. There are some exemptions for Driver CPC – you can find out more here https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/exemptions-and-driver-cpc-fees and here https://www.gov.uk/guidance.

The Driver CPC initial qualification has two modules:

Module 2: Case study test Module 4: Practical demonstration test

You must pass both parts to get your Driver CPC.

The Driver Qualification Card (DQC), can be acquired as part of your driver training and relates to the Driver CPC requirement.

Not everyone requires the Theory Module 2 though. This depends on whether or not you have “acquired rights”.

You will have acquired rights if you fall into one of the below categories:

a) You had your car licence before 1st January 1997 - gives you acquired rights for both bus
and lorry, but the acquired rights won’t be activated until a bus test has been passed) b) You had your vocational (bus) driving test before 10th September 2008 – gives you acquired rights for the bus only
c) You had your vocational (lorry) driving test from before 10th September 2009 – gives you acquired rights for the lorry only

If you have acquired rights, you are exempt from having to pass the module 2 and 4 tests and the module 2 test won’t be automatically available to book on the theory booking site.

If you have no adquired rights,there is no option to do anything other than modules 2 and 4.

If you do have acquired rights, there is an option to complete theory modules 2 and 4, instead of completing 35 hours of CPC training (since it is essentially the equivalent training) but this is rare. In this case the module 2 test will need to be added on manually. If you are considering going down this route, please contact us and we can provide further assistance on how to go about this.

So, if you are working towards your first DQC and you do have acquired rights, you need to complete 35 hours of Periodic Training (view link) and Theory Module 4.

If you are working towards your first DQC and you don’t have acquired rights, you need to complete the Theory Module 2 AND Theory Module 4.

Once you have your DQC you must do 35 hours of training every five years to keep the card up to date. You can find out more about the Driver CPC requirements here: (view link)

We understand that this can be confusing, so our experienced team is on hand to assist you if you still need further clarification. Please contact us on 028 9082 5653 if you need any further help with this.

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