Initial Driver CPC: Theory Test

The first step in gaining the Initial Driver CPC Qualification is the theory test module that is specific to LGV and PCV. This test is also mandatory if you wish to drive a bus, coach or lorry whether it be personal or professional reasons or otherwise.

The Initial Driver CPC Theory Test is made up of two separate tests that you will need to pass:

Multiple Choice Test
The multiple choice test is carried out on a touchscreen computer in which 100 questions will be asked. The candidate will have 115 minutes to complete the test.
In order to pass, you must achieve a score of at least 85.

Hazard Perception Test
The hazard perception test is again carried out on a computer in which a candidate is shown 19 video clips from a driver’s point of view. Each clips contains a number of developing hazards. The candidate has to click the mouse button to register he/she has seen each hazard.
In order to pass, you must achieve a score of 67 out of a possible 100.

All theory tests are carried out by the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) and taken at approved test centres. To book or find out where your nearest test centre is, call the DVSA on 0300 200 1122 or visit the GOV.UK website.


Initial Driver CPC: Theory Test


You can revise for the theory test in many different ways. These include:

  • Books, eBooks & DVDs
    Sigma Studies only recommends the Official DSA Guides as we have found others to be misleading.

You can purchase revision material from Desktop Driving.

  • Online
    In recent times, may websites have popped up that offer practise theory tests and revision services. These websites do offer advantages such as paying a one-off cost and not having a left over book in the house once you have passed.

We recommend Driving Theory 4 All.

  • Mobile Phone Applications
    Many phone apps are on the market for the latest smart phones for both LGV and PCV theory tests as well as hazard perception tests.

We recommend signing up to Driving Theory 4 All and downloading their great mobile apps.

Once you have passed each individual theory test, you will be told whether you have passed or failed in the form of a letter combined with a printed certificate.

For a full list of Driver CPC Training areas, click here.

For more information about the Initial Driver CPC Theory Test, please do not hesitate to Contact Us or alternatively download the Initial Driver CPC Qualification Leaflet.

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