Certificate Of Professional Competence
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CPC is an ESSENTIAL requirement for anyone applying for a “Goods Vehicle Operators’ Licence”, or for staff with the responsibility for the control of Goods Vehicles.
The Road Haulage Industry has three types of Operators licence:
- Standard National License – This allows an operator to carry goods for other people for hire or reward in the UK.
- Standard International licence – This allows an operator to carry goods for hire and reward on International Journeys.
- Restricted License – This allows an operator to carry goods in the course of his own trade or business in the UK or abroad. (No CPC is required – but background knowledge is essential to meet O’ licence requirements.)
Applicants for one of the Standard Licenses MUST prove that they are ‘professionally competent’, or that they employ a transport Manager who meets the requirements.
Persons will be considered ‘Professionally Competent’ by passing the examinations for the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) conducted by OCR on behalf of the Department of Transport.
CPC National & International Combined (Freight)
Our National & International Combined CPC runs as an 10 day course (+ exam day) and takes place quarterly in Leicester. Candidates should ideally have some working knowledge of the industry, but this is not essential.
In order to successfully complete the CPC National course, the following
modules must be successfully passed:
- R 1 – 60 multi-choice questions in 120 minutes
- R 2 – Case Study Paper (written answers) in 135 minutes
Only when both modules have been successfully passed can a Full CPC Certificate be issued.
CPC Exams and courses are held 4 times a year at dates booked by the exam board, OCR, please contact us for dates.
Syllabus Outline – Within both modules the following areas are covered:
- Business & Company Law
- Social Legislation & Industrial Relations
- Health & Safety
- Financial Management
- Commercial Conduct
- Organisation Charts, KPIs
- Business Taxation
- Vehicle Selection
- Operator Licensing
- Vehicle Excess Duty
- Driver Licensing
- Transport Ancillaries & Contracts of Carriage
- Drivers Hours & Records
- Vehicle Costing
- Safe Loading & Transit of Goods
- Planned preventative maintenance
- Vehicle Weights & Dimensions
- Speed Limits & Traffic Regulations
- RTA Procedures
- Electronic Data
- Plating & Testing
- Fleet Inspection
- Roadside Checks
- Permits & Methods of operating
- Customs transit system
- Incoterms & frontier crossings
- International transport documentation
R2 Preparation Day
Held close to the exam, this preparation day is designed for both those attending the preceding course or those needing to re-sit R2.
Operators Awareness / Compliance Course
Professional Development for Transport Managers:
TMs should possess high-quality, professional knowledge to do their jobs effectively
Being a transport manager carries a lot of responsibility.
The role isn’t a formality; it’s a serious requirement.
A TM can’t just put their name down on a licence – they must actively perform their statutory duty.
And it’s important for every transport manager to keep their professional knowledge up to date – i.e. through CPD.
What is continuous professional development (CPD)?
CPD describes learning activities which professionals proactively undertake to develop and enhance their abilities. Some professions specify those activities but TMs are trusted to identify any areas where they need refresher training.
What forms can CPD take?
CPD includes training workshops, conferences and events, e-learning/webinars, best practice techniques and sharing ideas.
What type of CPD should I start with?
A two day transport manager CPC refresher course is a good starting point. This should be run by a trade association, a professional body or an approved exam centre offering the relevant transport manager CPC qualification.
How often should I undertake CPD?
There is no set frequency. For TMs, traffic commissioners would expect CPD to have been undertaken every five years as a minimum. A lot can change in this time. Since 2013, for example, DVSA’s Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness has been updated a number of times, penalties for mobile phone use have doubled and the use of AdBlue emulators has emerged.
When might a traffic commissioner expect evidence of CPD to be provided?
CPD evidence will always be required when a transport manager:
- hasn’t acted for an operator in the last five years
- holds a qualification which is more than 10 years old
has been called to public inquiry where their ability to exercise continuous and effective management is under consideration.