Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC)


According to Decree Law n.º 126/2009 for professional drivers of certain heavy vehicles, beyond the driving license, is required the driver qualification licence (CQM), which is issued by presenting a Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

The driver don’t need the Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification if he is using the vehicle for::

  • Road tests for technical improvement purposes, repair or maintenance;
  • Driving lessons for anyone who wants to get a driving licence or a Driver CPC;
  • Carrying material or equipment you use for your job (driving the vehicle can’t be the main part of your job);

The driver also don’t need the full Driver CPC if the vehicle is:

  • Being used or controlled by the armed forces, police, fire and rescue service;
  • Used in rescue missions or in states of emergency;
  • With capacity up to 14 seats, including the driver, used for the non-commercial carriage of passengers for personal use;
  • With a gross weight up to 7500 kg, used for the non-commercial carriage of goods for personal use;
  • Limited to a top speed of 45 km/h;
  • New or transformed which have not yet been put into circulation;

Necessary conditions to obtain a CPC:

Accelerated Initial Training - 140 hours.

If the driver has obtained his driving license after 9 September 2008 (heavy passenger) or 9 September 2009 (heavy goods), is compulsory the attendance of initial training course, with approval. CPC is obtained at the time and place of the exam carried out by the Institute of Mobility and Transport, IP (IMT) after successful completion.

Continuous Training - 35 hours.

If the driver has obtained his driving license before 9 September 2008 (heavy passenger) or 9 September 2009 (heavy goods), or already holding a driver qualification licence (CQM) needing renovation the attendance of a continuing training course is compulsory.The CPC is issued by the Institute of Mobility and Transport, IP (IMT) after completion of training with approval.