Transport Manager CPC: CPC Examination

Please find below information on the Transport Manager CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence) examination process. Plus, details of the requirements of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Transport Manager CPC: Certificate of Professional Competence Examination

The Transport Manager CPC or Certificate of Professional Competence examination, has no academic entry requirements, along with no standard rules in regards to how an individual should study for the examination. However, there requirements in relation to the study syllabus, examination, & any certificate awarded. These must be seen as being suitable in showing the holder of a Transport Manager CPC is professional competent.

Also, under current regulations which are EU wide. Any Transport Manager CPC awarded within the EU has to be both a national, and international professional competence qualification, which is recognised showing professional competence not only by the UK Operator Licensing Regime. But also, the whole of the EU

The Transport Manager CPC examination has been specifically designed for the purpose of proving that an individual has professional competence in the managing of transport operations. The examinations are available from the following organisations.

Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Society of Arts (OCR) examinations boards

Chartered Institute of Logistics, (CILT(UK)).

There are other qualifications or diplomas, these are known as acquired rights (AR) certificates, or grandfather rights (GFR) certificates. These certificates are consider as demonstrating of professional competence, in road transport management. These are not Transport Manager CPC, but they are considered as being the equivalent of a Transport Manager CPC. Information on these types of certification, diplomas, information is available on a further page within this website.

However, it must be noted that ultimately it is the Operator Licensing Regime, via the regulatory body the Office of the Traffic Commissioner, to determine if a certificate, diploma, or other methods, are acceptable in demonstrating the professional competence of an individual, as per the Transport Manager CPC

Transport Manager CPC: Areas of Study & Examination Syllabus

The Transport Manager CPC examination syllabus has a set standard. This standard is covered under EU regulations (Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009

Any examination must reflect that standard, if examination & the awarded Transport Manager CPC is recognised as showing an individual has professional competence in road transport management. The syllabus has to cover a core list of subjects, or areas of study. So, in effect any type of course, or study programme needs to reflect the areas of the examination syllabus. Please see below those core subjects which a Transport Manager CPC examination, needs to cover.  

Commercial law

Social law

Fiscal law

Civil law

Business and financial management of the undertaking

Access to the market

Technical standards and technical aspects of operation

Road safety

Transport Manager CPC: Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Transport Manager CPC, once it has been awarded to any individual, is viewed as being valid indefinitely. Unlike other transport vocational qualifications, examples of which include Drivers CPC, ADR qualification, which for continuous use, have an element of periodic refresher training. It seems odd that the Transport Manager CPC qualification, which is seen as important of maintaining compliance to the operator licensing regime, does not have any element of periodic refresher training.

However, holders of a Transport Manager CPC need to be aware of the Office of the Traffic Commissioner is now looking at changing this situation, & are now taking a different position on periodic refresher training, for holders of a Transport Manager CPC. This position or view can be explained as follows. The holder of Transport Manager CPC, & thereby being professional competent person. Who most likely is a nominated transport manager on a standard operator’s licence, or has the ability to be a nominated transport manager? In regards to keeping up to date with operator licensing regulations, which in turn will keep their level of professional competence to the required standard. Is something that a Transport Manager CPC, & thereby a professional competent person should do, without the need of regulatory pressure, being place on them to do so.

This type of periodic refresher training for holders of a Transport Manager CPC. In keeping up to date with operator licensing regulations, has become known as Continuing Professional Development or CPD. There are now many courses offered to holders of Transport Manager CPC by such training bodies as the Road Haulage Association (RHA), or the Freight Transport Association. However, holders of Transport Manager CPC need to be aware that training courses alone, are not the only way of showing Continuing Professional Development or CPD. Other ways include the attendance of formal seminars, when attended by a Traffic Commissioner, & matters of operator’s licence compliance are discussed. Further evidence of undertaking CPD can include such things as, signing up for email updates on regulations from the Department of Transport (DfT), Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, & the Office of the Traffic Commissioner. Holders of a Transport Manager CPC can use a combination of the above, as evidence of undertaking Continuing Professional Development or CPD.

Transport Manager CPC: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) & Public Inquiry 

If the holder of a Transport Manager CPC, has not taken any action in regards to Continuing Professional Development or CPD, especially when acting as the nominated transport manager, if for whatever reason the holder of the Transport Manager CPC is then called to Public Inquiry. The Traffic Commissioner, holding the Public Inquiry may make the lack of evidence of CPD part of their decision-making process. When contemplating the possibility of disciplinary action, against the holder of the Transport Manager CPC

There is evidence of the above-mentioned taking place. On how the Traffic Commissioners are viewing the need for holders of a Transport Manager CPC, to have Continuing Professional Development/CPD, on their radar in relation to showing they have the required level of professional competence.  A Public Inquiry was called by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner (North East Traffic Area) in September 2018. The resulted of this Public Inquiry was the holder of the Transport Manager CPC, was the individual was considered as not having the required level of professional competence. The holder of the Transport Manager CPC, who was the nominated transport manager on an operator’s licence. When asked if he had undertaken any Continuing Professional Development or CPD training. Acknowledged that he had done no Continuing Professional Development or CPD training since qualifying in 1990.

Transport Manager CPC: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Requirements  

The Office of the Traffic Commissioner has the authority to ask a holder of a Transport Manager CPC for evidence of Continuing Professional Development or CPD training, if they feel it is necessary. This request is mainly due to the fact, that they have concerns over the professional competence of the holder of the Transport Manager CPC. They will always ask for evidence of Continuing Professional Development training, when the holder of a Transport Manager CPC has been nominated to act as the transport manager. On an operator’s licence application, or current operator’s licence. When the conditions as shown below apply, to the holder of the Transport Manager CPC:

The holder of the Transport Manager CPC; Has not been nominated as the transport manager on an operator’s licence in the last five years

The holder of the Transport Manager CPC qualification has been held for more than 10 years.

The holder of the Transport Manager CPC has been called, or previously been called to a Public Inquiry. Where the holder’s ability to exercise continuous and effective management has or is under consideration.

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