Transport Manager CPC: Other acceptable qualifications or diplomas

Transport Manager CPC from its introduction, has been obtain by numerous individuals. In order to demonstrate Professional Competence in road transport operations. Most of those individuals have obtain the Transport Manager CPC, by examination. There are though certain other qualifications that under certain conditions, are acceptable as proof of professional competence.

The organisations shown below, have made available to their members, during their history. Certification that allow the holders to show that they are considered as being professional competent, in the managing of road transport operations. & without the need of undergoing a Transport Manager CPC examination.

When these types of qualifications / diplomas are presented to the Office of the Traffic Commissioner in order to demonstrate professional competence of an individual. Are only acceptable, when accompanied with a valid Transport Manager CPC / Certificate of Professional Competence exemption certificate. This exemption certificate must have been issued by the same organisation, as that named on the qualification or diploma.

If this type of documentation is going to be used as evidence of showing professional competence in road transport operations. It is recommended that if this method is used in demonstrating professional competence. Further information should be obtained from the organisation concerned. Examples of which are shown below.

  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in the UK.
  • The Institute of Road Transport Engineers (a constituent body in the Society of Operations Engineers).
  • The Movers’ Institute (formerly the Institute of the Furniture Warehousing and Removing Industry and now part of the British Association of Removers).
  • The Institute of Transport Administration.


Transport Manager CPC:
Acquired rights certificates

Acquired Rights certificates, originally known as Grandfather Rights (GFR) certificates. Were original issued to those individuals, who were working as transport managers, before the introduction of the Goods & Public Service Vehicles (Licensing of Operators) Act 1995, which introduced the requirement of obtaining professional competence, via the use of a Transport Manager CPC, (Certificate of Professional Competence). The criteria for the issuing of Acquired Rights, or Grandfather Rights (GFR) certificates. Was that an individual was considered a transport manager, & responsible road transport operation, which required the holding of an operator’s licence. Between 01/01/1975 to 30/11/1979.

Those working Transport Managers using a Grandfather Rights GFR certificate, & were named on an Operator’s Licence on 4 December 2011. Were automatically issued a new type of acquired rights (AR) certificate. If an individual was a holder of an original Grandfather Rights GFR certificate, but not named on Operator’s Licence as per of 4 December 2011, & wish to obtain a new acquired (AR) certificate, thereby keeping their professional competence. Then those individuals were required to demonstrate that they had continuously managed a road transport operation(s) for a period of 10 years up to 04/12/2009. If the individual matched this requirement. They needed to apply for a new Acquired Rights Certificate, before the 04/12/2013. From the Office of the Traffic Commissioner.

The Acquired Rights (AR) certificate remains valid as proof of professional competence, as per Transport Manager CPC, for those who have been issue with one. But those originally Grandfather Rights (GFR) certificate will no longer be considered as valid proof of professional competence. 

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This Basic Guide Has Been Produced, to Give Basic Guidance in relation to a Certificate of Professional Competence Regulations, in relation to the Operator Licensing Regime, & Therefore Cannot Be Considered as Formal Legal Advice.