History & About CPC

Below you can find further information about the Certificate of Professional Competence.

Certificate of Professional Competence: Brief History:

Certificate of Professional Competence, or CPC was introduced alongside with both The Goods & Public Service Vehicles sections, of the (Licensing of Operators) Act 1995; which was designed to implement EC Directives 96/26/EC, EC Directive 98/76/EC, and subordinate legislation. That being (Regulation (EC) No 1071/2009 with regard to the occupations related to the management of Goods & Public Service Vehicle Operations.

Originally there were four types of Certification in relation to the showing of Professional Competence within the transport industry these were:

International Passenger Transport, National Passenger Transport
International Road Haulage, National Road Haulage

The old international Certificate of Professional Competence qualification was only be achievable as a standalone exam for those already in possession of a national certificate of professional competence, until end of 2013.

Certificate of Professional Competence: Changes to the Format

Before 04/12/11 there were four types of Certification in relation to the showing of Professional Competence within the transport industry these were: International Passenger Transport, International Road Haulage & National Passenger Transport, and National Road Haulage all of which were at level 3.

The Certificate of Professional Competence qualifications, were amalgamated, as of 04/12/11 to incorporate both National & International certificate of professional competence (CPC) qualifications to meet European requirements, these are as shown below.

Certificate of Professional Competence for Transport Managers (Passenger Transport) Level 3
Certificate of Professional Competence for Transport Managers (Road Haulage) Level 3

These changes made it possible for those wishing to enter the profession of Transport Management to be compliant with the new regulations, plus allowing those demonstrate professional competence by the procession of Certificate of Professional Competence at the time of the changes to continue being accepted as being professional competence in the area of transport operations management

Due to the changes in the Certificate of Professional Competence format, there is now only one version of the Certificate of Professional Competence, or CPC, for either Goods Vehicles (HGV), or Passenger Service Vehicles (PSV). This now covers both national, & international transport operations. So even if a CPC candidate wishes only to manage operations under a national Operator’s Licence, the candidate wishing to gain the Certificate of Professional Competence qualification must take the international CPC examination.

On the 4 December 2011, Holders of what were known as Acquired Rights, or Grandfather Rights Certificates, (Please see the Other Acceptable CPC Certification page for more information on this area of Certificate of Professional Competence), & were named as the nominated Transport Manager CPC Holder on an operator’s licence on 4 December 2011, had a new acquired rights (AR) certificate issued automatically to them.

For those individuals who were holders of an Acquired Rights, or Grandfather Rights Certificate & were not named on an Operator Licence as the nominated Transport Manager CPC Holder, as of the 04/12/2011. Then they were required to submit evidence that they had continuously managed a road transport operation(s) for a period of 10 years prior to 04/12/2009. If this was the case then they had to apply for the new Acquired Rights Certificate, before 04/12/2013, from the Office of the Traffic Commissioner, to keep their professional competence.

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