Course description

Who should attend?

You must have the full Driver CPC if you drive a lorry, bus or coach as the main part of your job. If you are unsure whether you need a Driver CPC, please check information from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Drivers with licences from other countries can also attend this course. For details on Driver CPC requirements for foreign licence holders, please see information on

Candidates need a basic command of English (defined as Level 2). While we are often able to provide support to people who do not have English as a first language, our ability to do so is limited by the time available and the number of people who require assistance. We may be able to make special arrangements if requested in advance. Please contact us if you need any guidance.

Course duration

Seven hours.

Drivers must complete the full course to gain the seven hours towards Driver CPC. If they only complete half of the course for any reason, they will not be accredited with the qualification or the training hours.

Topics covered

Training is highly practical and takes a hands-on approach to learning first aid. The course covers:

  • Adult resuscitation (CPR)
  • Asthma
  • Bone, muscle and joint injuries
  • Casualty management (outdoors)
  • Chest pains
  • Communication and casualty care
  • Fainting
  • Head injuries
  • Managing an emergency
  • Minor and severe bleeding
  • Primary survey
  • Role of the first aider (including knowledge of health and safety regulations)
  • Safer moving and handling
  • Shock
  • Spinal injuries
  • Unresponsive casualty

Learning badaging on a first aid course

Assessment and certification


There is no requirement for assessment on JAUPT courses but there is a need for the driver to play ‘an active role’ in the course, being responsive to trainer questions and taking part in the practical training exercises.


This course counts towards seven hours of the required 35 hours training of your Driver CPC.

The Professional Drivers First Aid certificate is valid for three years. This means drivers can re-qualify within the same five-year JAUPT period and the training hours will count separately, giving a total of 14 hours Driver CPC training towards the required total of 35.

St John Ambulance will upload qualification details to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency database within five working days of course completion, at no extra cost.

Those drivers that have already met their quota of 35 hours in the current 5-year period cannot have additional hours uploaded. It is important that drivers are aware of how many hours they still require and they tell us at time of booking. Any extra hours do not roll over into the next 5-year period.

Driver CPC regulations

For further information on Driver CPC regulations, including exemptions, visit


All learners must prove their identity using one of these forms of photo ID, prior to starting the course:

  • a photocard driving licence
  • a valid passport
  • a digital tachograph card
  • a driver qualification card (DQC)

All learners must also show they have the right entitlement on their driving licence:

  • Classifications C, C1, C+E, C1+E, D, D1, D+E, D1 + E

This course is available for national account customers only. To enquire about becoming a national account, please get in touch.

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