There is no specific requirement on this issue in the directive. A company employing drivers may organise training subject to the condition that it has been approved by the competent authorities of the Member State in which the training is provided and as long as it meets the course requirements which are set up in the directive.
In some Member States, i.e. France and Sweden, companies and private training centres provide training to professional drivers under contracts signed with the government.
The directive does not prevent trainee drivers from taking different parts of their training at different approved training centres. However, it may be difficult to coordinate and combine different parts from different programmes.
The directive does not prohibit approvals of training centres only covering a limited proportion of the subjects listed in Annex 1. However, for consistency and efficiency purposes, approvals of training centres covering all subjects are recommended.
Professional training, ADR or demerit points recovery training... have different purposes and different objectives which must all be achieved. Common courses can be provided when subjects overlap, but specific tests must be organised.
According to Article 7, periodic training shall enable holders of a CPC to update the knowledge which is essential for their work. It shall be designed to expand on, and to revise, some of the subjects referred in section 1 of Annex I. Article 7 also requires specific emphasis on road safety and rationalisation of fuel consumption.
Parts of the training courses can be carried out through e-learning. However, such methods should be complementary to courses provided by trainers. Training should not be provided exclusively on the basis of e-learning.
the complete set (because the driving licence tests he passed may not cover the same syllabus) or just the top-up items (because he already holds a full driving licence and there must be equality of treatment with the holder of a domestic licence)?
The driver may be allowed to take a test only covering the top-up items, subject to the agreement of the national authorities.
He may be allowed to take just the normal licence test, subject to the agreement of the national authorities.
For consistency and efficiency purposes, attending the 35 hours of periodic training in more than one country is not recommended. The country or authority in charge of issuing the CPC has to be agreed by the Member States concerned.
There is no standard form of certification following periodic training. If drivers take all or part of their periodic training in another EU Member State, there will be problems regarding recognition of these certificates (possible fraud and greater administrative burden on competent authorities).
A harmonised Community code is provided for in Article 10 of the Directive: "95. Driver holding a CPC complying with the obligation of professional competence referred to in Article 3 until… (e.g. 95. 01.01.2012)". This code will be included in the list of harmonised Community codes as laid down in Annexes I and Ia to Directive 91/439/EEC. It shall be marked either on the driving licence or on the driver qualification card drawn up in accordance with the model shown in Annex II.
It is allowed to take the initial qualification test before being issued a valid driving licence. However, the holder will not be allowed to make use of his CPC before being issued a valid driving licence.