CPC Examination

Below you can find information about the CPC examination process.

Certificate of Professional Competence: Examination

Certificate of Professional Competence, or CPC examination, has no academic entry requirements, or any fixed rules in relation to the method of study for the examination. There are requirements in regards to the study syllabus, examination, & any certificate rewarded, must be considered suitable in demonstrating its holder as being professional competent. Also, the certificate is both a national, and international professional competence qualification, & is recognised as doing so by the Operator Licensing Regime.

Examinations specifically for the purpose of demonstrating professional competence are available from the Oxford, Cambridge and Royal Society of Arts (OCR) examinations board, & Chartered Institute of Logistics, (CILT(UK)). Other qualifications or diplomas, can be used for the demonstrating of professional competence, details of which are shown on this website. However ultimately it is the for the Operator Licensing Regime, to decided what certificate, diploma, or other methods, is an acceptable demonstration of professional competence.

Certificate of Professional Competence: Examination Syllabus

The examination syllabus must contain the following, main list of subjects. These subjects must also be in any examination for the obtaining of a Certificate of Professional Competence. This is as per the EU regulations (Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009

  • 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

Certificate of Professional Competence: Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Certificate of Professional Competence, or CPC qualification, once it has been awarded, to the holder is considered as being valid indefinitely. Considering that other transport qualifications, like the Drivers CPC, ADR qualification, were part of the requirement for continuous use, is for the holder to have periodic refresher training. It seems strange that a qualification, which holds such important with the operator licensing regime, does not have the requirement for periodic refresher training.

However, many Traffic Commissioners take the view, that as the holder of Certificate of Professional Competence, & thereby being professional competent person. As a professional competent person, who most likely is a nominated transport manager on a standard operator’s licence. That keeping up to date with operator licensing regulations, & thereby being keeping the level of professional competence to the required level, is something that a professional competent person would do, without the need of regulatory pressure, place on them to do so.

This keeping up to date with operator licensing regulations is known as Continuing Professional Development or CPD. There are now many courses offered by such bodies as the Road Haulage Association (RHA), or the Freight Transport Association, along with other training providers. But it does not mean that it is training courses alone, attendance of formal seminars, when attended by a Traffic Commissioner, & matters of operator’s licence compliance are discussed. Further 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. All can be seen, as part of a Certificate of Professional Competence/CPC holder’s efforts of Continuing Professional Development or CPD.

A lack of evidence of Continuing Professional Development or CPD could prove costly for a Certificate of Professional Competence/CPC holder, who is acting as the nominated transport manager, & has been called to Public Inquiry. The Traffic Commissioner, could make CPD, & the lack of it, part of their decision making when considering disciplinary action, against the Certificate of Professional Competence/CPC holder. and

There is already precedent for how Traffic Commissioners are viewing the importance of Continuing Professional Development/CPD. At a Public Inquiry held by the North East Traffic Commissioner in September 2018. Resulted in the disqualified of a negligent Certificate of Professional Competence/CPC holder, who was the nominated transport manager on an operator’s licence.  Who admitted that he had done no Continuing Professional Development or CPD training since qualifying in 1990s.

Traffic Commissioners have the authority to ask for evidence of Continuing Professional Development or CPD training if they feel it is necessary, if they have concerns over the professional competence of a CPC holder. They will always ask for evidence of CPD, when a Certificate of Professional Competence/CPC holder who has been nominated to act as the transport manager, on either an operator’s licence application, or current operator’s licence. When the following conditions apply, to the Certificate of Professional Competence/CPC holder:

The CPC Holder has not been nominated as the transport manager on an operator’s licence in the last five years
The Certificate of Professional Competence/CPC qualification held that is more than 10 years old
The Certificate of Professional Competence/CPC holder, has been called to a Public Inquiry, where their ability to exercise continuous and effective management is under consideration.