Can someone explain driver CPC?

I have C+E and basically want to know what I need to drive professionally apart from a taco card. I've read conflicting things about CPC - its all classroom based or not? There is or isn't a test? Do I even need to start it, or leave it for a few years?
There is a discussion group for LGV drivers called Big Wheelers which I think has a thread on the subject. Basic points, yes you will need your DCPC completed (35 hours JAUPT approved training) by next September. The qualification is valid for 5 years. No tests just attendance courses.

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