Oil distribution association restructures Driver CPC 03 December 2012

The FPS (Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) has unveiled a restructured eight-module FPS Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) scheme for tanker drivers.

"The new courses we are offering ... are purpose-designed to give extra choice and flexibility to end users, with three-and-a-half hour modules in a 'mix and match' format," says FPS Driver CPC co-ordinator Keith Ashton.

He explains that these cover additional aspects ranging from spillage prevention and loading to discharge and product return, working at height and ladder training, manual handling, and health and safety.

Also covered are: first aid, fire safety, drivers hours, driving, accidents, SAFED, PPE, spill response, site risk assessment, PPG and marine deliveries, forecourt deliveries and caring for the environment, emergency response and security.

Any two together comply with the seven hour training day prescribed in the Driver CPC legislation.

Ashton says that, in addition to the eight modules now on offer, FPS is looking to develop further modules, and he adds that the 'trainer in the cab' practical training days will also remain.

"It is a fundamental part of the FPS Driver CPC course to deal with all the issues that drivers of fuel tankers have to consider day in, day out, as well as equipping them with more generalised HGV knowledge," comments Ashton.

FPS member companies have always received discounted rates for Driver CPC training but, until the end of 2012, FPS will promote the new modules with special discounts.

Brian Tinham

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