Certificate of Professional Competence FAQs

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CPC Booking your Test

How many Driver CPC theory tests are there?

All bus and truck drivers must pass 2 Driver CPC theory tests; a CPC Theory Test, and a CPC Case Study Test consisting of 3 Case Studies (bus or truck specific) with associated questions. These case studies reflect typical situations faced in the working environment.

Bus & Truck Module Theory Tests

These tests can be taken in addition to either the full Bus Theory Test or full Truck Theory Test. For example; when a candidate sits and passes the Bus Driver Theory Test this provides them with a Driver Theory Test Certificate in driving a bus, plus the first part of the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). If within two years of passing the full Bus Driver Theory Test the candidate decides they would like to be able to drive a truck also, they can sit the Truck Module Theory Test, meaning that they do not need to sit the full Truck Driver Theory Test.

However, if the candidate decides they would also like to be able to drive a truck two years after they initially sat the full Bus Theory Test, this exemption will expire and they will be required to sit the full Truck Theory Test as normal.

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How do I apply to take the test?

You can apply on-line by following the steps in the Driver CPC Section of the website, or telephone 1890 606 106 (Lo Call Rate).

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How much will the test cost?

The cost for the Driver CPC Theory Test is currently €72. The cost for the Driver CPC Case Study Test is currently €72. Each test is paid for separately.

The cost for a Bus or Truck Module Theory Test is €45.

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CPC Changing your Test

Can I reschedule my test appointment?

Yes – you can reschedule your appointment providing the request is made no later than 5 business days (to include 3 complete business days) before the date of your appointment. For example, to reschedule a test booked for a Friday you must inform us on the previous Monday, or for a test booked for a Saturday you must inform us on the previous Monday.

To recshedule your test, visit our Reschedule or Cancel your Driver CPC Test page.

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What happens if I miss my test appointment?

If you fail to arrive at the centre in time for your test appointment, or cancel in less than 5 business days (to include 3 complete business days) before the date of your appointment, you will lose your test fee.

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CPC Taking your Test

Can I take the tests in any order?

Yes you can take the Driver CPC Theory Test and Case Study Test in any order.

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What happens when I get to the Test Centre?

The Test Centre staff will check your documentation (confirmation letter) and confirm your identity (valid/current drivers licence or learner permit).

PLEASE NOTE: From March 30th 2015 CPC Case Study Candidates will also need to bring Two Identical Colour Passport Type Photographs that conform to the required standards.

You will then be signed in and taken to a work station to commence the test. Once you have completed your test you will be handed your score report which advises of the test result.

You can view our Test Centre experience by clicking on the screen below:

Please note: There is currently no requirement for your photograph to be taken at the test centre. Should there be a change in this practice, you will be notified in your test appointment confirmation letter.


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How long will the test take?

You will be given a specific timeframe and number of questions depending on your Driver CPC Theory Test category. The questions are selected randomly from the question bank for the relevant test sections.

Driver CPC Step 1

CategoryTimeQuestionsPass Mark
C or D 100 mins10074
CD140 mins140104

Driver CPC Step 2

CategoryTimeQuestionsPass Mark
C or D 135 mins45 (3 Case Studies)28 (Minimum 5 correct answers from each of the 3 Studies)

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How many questions are in the test?

There are 100 questions in the CPC Theory Test. In the CPC Case Study test there are 3 scenarios each with 15 questions, giving a total of 45 questions.

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I am not very computer literate, will this be a problem?

No – as part of the test there is the option to take a practice session so you can become familiar with how the test works. If you do have any concerns or problems our staff are trained to help.

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Is there a tutorial so I can get familiar with the exam and computer system?

Yes – there is a short tutorial section which takes you through the navigation of the exam on screen.

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What if I make a mistake can I change my mind?

Yes – there is a simple way to change your answer and select another.

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If I get stuck can I miss questions out?

Yes – you can skip questions and come back to them later.

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CPC Test Results

How will I know that I have passed?

At the end of the test you will be given a score report (letter) which will advise whether you have passed your test. This information will be passed on automatically by the Driver Theory Test Service to the RSA CPC Unit.

Please note that from March 30th 2015 those candidates who successfully pass their CPC Step 2 will also be issued with a Certificate on the day of their test.

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If I fail, will I be told where I went wrong?

Yes – you will be supplied with a breakdown of your exam by section and category or scenario.

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What if I fail? How soon can I take the test again?

You will have to wait at least three clear working days to make an appointment for a new test.

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Will I have to pay again?

Yes you are required to pay each time you make a test appointment.

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Is there a limit on how many times I can take the test?

The number of attempts permitted for this test is not restricted.

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If I pass what do I do then?

Having successfully completed the Driver CPC theory tests you will need to contact the RSA in order to book the Bus or Truck Driving and Practical tests.

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What if I am unhappy with my Driver CPC Theory Test Result?

You can request a rescore of your CPC Theory Test by calling 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) to speak to our Candidate Service Team who are available Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM (excluding public holidays).

You will be asked to provide personal and test details, such as your name, address, date of birth and test confirmation number (provided in the confirmation email/letter you received for your test).

Please note that a fee of €15.00 is payable for this process. Acceptable payment methods are: Cheque or Postal Order made payable to Prometric Ireland.

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What if I lose my certificate?

If you sit and pass your Driver CPC Theory Test on or after 30th March, 2015, you will be issued with a Driver CPC Theory Test Certificate.

You can request a duplicate of your Driver CPC Theory Test Certificate by calling 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) to speak to our Candidate Service Team who are available Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM (excluding public holidays).

You will be asked to provide personal and test details, such as your name, address, date of birth and test confirmation number (provided in the confirmation email/letter you received for your test).

Please note that a fee of €15.00 is payable for this process. Acceptable payment methods are: Mastercard or Visa Credit/Debit Cards.

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CPC General Information

Why was the test introduced?

The Driver CPC certification process was introduced across the EU under directive 2003/59/EC . From 10th September 2008 all new professional Bus drivers and 10th September 2009 all new professional Truck drivers must pass the Driver CPC theory tests before applying for a Practical Test. The purpose of Driver CPC is to set and maintain high standards of road safety, health and safety and driving among professional drivers (those driving for a living) of buses and trucks.

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Is the CPC test mandatory?

Yes, if you did not hold a full licence for a truck or bus before the Driver CPC came into force (that is 10 September 2008 for buses and 10 September 2009 for trucks). You must pass the Driver CPC Theory and Case Study Test before you can apply for the CPC driving and practical tests, if you intend to drive a bus/truck professionally (for a living).

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What can I study in order to pass the test?

Category C, D & CPC

The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers, Truck and Bus (including Step 1 and Step 2 of Driver CPC) – 6th Edition, October 2013: for Driver Theory Tests categories C (Truck), D (Bus) and CD (Bus and Truck). This book contains information specific to C & D Candidates and builds on the knowledge a driver acquires while completing the Category B Theory and Practical Test.

In addition to the above, C, D and CD candidates can also study the RSA Rules of the Road Book and related manuals, such as The Official DSA Guide to Driving Buses / Coaches and Heavy Goods Vehicles, which will give you the information you need to help you take and pass the Driver CPC Theory and Case Study Test.

Bus & Truck Module Tests

The Official Driver Theory Test Questions and Answers, Truck and Bus (including Step 1 and Step 2 of Driver CPC) – 6th Edition, October 2013: for Driver Theory Tests categories C (Truck), D (Bus) and CD (Bus and Truck). This book contains information specific to both the Bus & Truck Module Tests, and will assist candidates in successfully completing a modular theory test in either Category C or D.

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I have already passed the Bus Driver Theory Test. Do I have to complete the Full Truck Driver Theory Test if I wish to obtain a Certificate of Professional Competence in driving a Truck?

No. If you have already sat and passed a Category D (Bus) Theory Test, you do not have to pass the full Category D (Truck) Theory Test in order to achieve a Certificate of Professional Competence in driving a Truck. In this situation you are required to sit and pass a Truck Module Theory Test. For example; when a candidate sits and passes the Full Bus Driver Theory Test this provides them with a Driver Theory Test Certificate in driving a bus, plus the first part of the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). If within two years of passing the full Bus Driver Theory Test the candidate decides they would like to be able to drive a truck also, they can sit the Truck Module Theory Test, meaning that they do not need to sit the Full Truck Driver Theory Test. However, if the candidate decides they would also like to be able to drive a truck two years after they initially sat the full Bus Theory Test, this exemption will expire and they will be required to sit the full Truck Theory Test as normal.

The same rule applies to a candidate who has sat and passed a Full Truck Driver Theory Test within the past 2 years. In this instance the candidate would be required to sit and pass the Bus Module Theory Test instead of the Full Bus Driver Theory Test.

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Who provides the Driver CPC Theory and Case Study Tests ?

The Driver CPC Theory and Case Study Tests are provided by Prometric Ireland Ltd, on behalf of the Road Safety Authority.

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Where can I find information on the Driver CPC licence acquisition process?

For full details on the Driver CPC licence acquisition process are available from the RSA CPC Unit web site.

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Certain drivers in the bus and truck licence category are exempt from the changes; can you give me examples of who is exempt?

Drivers of vehicles for non-commercial purposes eg. driving as a volunteer, drivers of emergency or rescue vehicles, drivers of vehicles while delivering driving instruction, drivers of vehicles used by a driver in the course of his/her work provided that driving the vehicle is not the drivers principal occupation e.g. A plumber who uses a light truck to transport his/her materials would not require a Driver CPC. A driver of a truck delivering cement would require a Driver CPC.

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What happens if I am caught cheating?

Any attempt by a Candidate to cheat in the CPC Test is taken seriously. Prometric are employed by the Road Safety Authority to deliver the CPC Test in a secure environment, to protect the integrity of the test and to provide fair and equal opportunity to all candidates who sit the test. Any attempts to cheat that contravene this secure and fair environment are reported immediately to the Road Safety Authority for whom we deliver the CPC Test. If an incident of cheating occurs, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. On foot of the review, a non-testing period may be applied to a candidate. During this period, the candidate is not permitted to book or sit a CPC Test for a set period of time. The candidate will be informed in writing if a non-testing period is to be applied and the duration of this period. Finally, we also wish to remind you that the test centre is video and audio monitored at all times.

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What is the CPC Test Anti-Social Behaviour Policy?

In the interest of maintaining a quiet and professional testing environment for all candidates, we ask that all CPC Candidates behave in a respectful and appropriate manner when attending the test centre. Abusive and anti –social behaviour will not be tolerated at the test centre. Should a CPC Candidate behave in an unsatisfactory manner, it is possible that a candidate may not be permitted to test and may be asked to leave the test centre. The Gardai will be contacted if necessary. If an incident of abusive and/or anti –social behaviour occurs, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. On foot of the review, a candidate may be asked to attend a different test centre should they wish to sit a test in the future. It is also possible that a non-testing period will be applied to the candidate. During this period, the candidate is not permitted to book or sit a CPC Test for a set period of time. The candidate will be informed in writing of the outcome of the review. Finally, we also wish to remind you that the test centre is video and audio monitored at all times.
A maximum non-testing period of 3 months may be applied to candidates demonstrating anti-social behaviour.

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What is a Bus or Truck Module Theory Test?

Please Note; only drivers who have passed a Full Category C (Truck) Theory Test or full Category D (Bus) Theory Test on or after September 30th, 2014, are eligible to sit a Bus or Truck Module Theory Test.

These tests can be taken in addition to either the full Bus Theory Test or full Truck Theory Test. For example; when a candidate sits and passes the Bus Driver Theory Test this provides them with a Driver Theory Test Certificate in driving a bus, plus the first part of the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC). If within two years of passing the full Bus Driver Theory Test the candidate decides they would like to be able to drive a truck also, they can sit the Truck Module Theory Test, meaning that they do not need to sit the full Truck Driver Theory Test.
However, if the candidate decides they would also like to be able to drive a truck two years after they initially sat the full Bus Theory Test, this exemption will expire and they will be required to sit the full Truck Theory Test as normal.
To book your Bus Module Test please call our Candidate Services Team on 1890 606 106 (Lo-call rate) Monday to Friday from 8AM to 6PM.

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