CPC Holder Definition

Certificate of Professional Competence, or as it is more commonly known a CPC Cert. Is given to a person who has attended a course & passed an examination in relation to the subjects covered by the course in a number of areas relating to road transport compliance management. If they pass the examination, they are then considered as having professional competence in the managing of transport operations to a professional competent standard, as set out in the Operator Licensing Regulations. They are also often referred to as being CPC Holder.

The Certificate of Professional Competence qualification, once gained, is valid indefinitely, & until recently there was no requirement for any periodic refresher training. However, the view of the regulatory, & enforcement bodies, both then & now that a holder of a Certificate of Professional Competence, or CPC Holder. Has an obligation to keep current with all changes in regulations effecting transport operations, that he/she may oversee as they were considered as being a “Professional Competent Person”

This view has now taken the form, of a requirement for Certificate of Professional Competence Holders to demonstrate that they are keeping current with changes to the Operator Licensing Regulations. This is now referred to as Continuous Professional Development or CPD.

By being the holder of a allows the holder Certificate of Professional Competence, or CPC Holder to become the “nominated” Transport Manager on a Standard Operators Licence. This means that they are the party nominated on the Standard Operator’s Licence, that is demonstrating Professional Competence not only for themselves as the nominated Transport Manager. But also, for the Standard Operator Licence itself, i.e. if the Standard Operators Licence is held by a limited company. Therefore, it is important for any holder of a Certificate of Professional Competence, to understand what is “Professional Competence” in the context of the Operator Licensing Regime.     

Certificate of Professional Competence: Professional Competence Definition

Throughout this website you will notice the term Professional Competence, the definition in relation to the Certificate of Professional Competence is straight forward. It refers to an award or certificate given to an individual, formally confirming that they are competent i.e. having the skills & knowledge, to a recognised & certified professional standard, to manage road transport operations. This is often referred to as the holder of the Certificate of Professional Competence as “they hold professional competence” But there is a bit more to understand when Professional Competence, is mentioned alongside Standard Operators Licence Regulations. 

Therefore, an understanding of the term Professional Competence & its relationship to both the Certificate of Professional Competence & the Operator Licensing Regulations. Is important for not only the Certificate of Professional Competence holder, but also for the Standard Operator’s Licence Holder.

It is often overlooked that Professional Competence not only applies to in the holder of the Certificate of Professional Competence, acting as the nominated Transport Manager on a Standard Operators Licence. But it also applies to the holder of the Standard Operators’ Licence. This is because the Operator Licensing Regulations state. In relation to a Standard Operator’s Licence, that both the nominated Transport Manager & the Standard Operators Licence Holder.

Have an equal & shared legal responsibility that whist the Standard Operators’ Licence is valid, that it will be compliant with the Operator Licensing Regime. This can be easy shown when a limited company is considered as the Standard Operators Licence Holder

The holder of a Certificate of Professional Competence, must be a naturel person, & not be a commercial entity, such as a limited company. A limited company as the holder of a Standard Operators’ Licence has to demonstrate Professional Competence as per the Operator Licensing Regulations, so how does it demonstrate Professional Competence?

Therefore, the limited company demonstrate Professional Competence by the use of an Internal Transport Manager, such as an employee, or it can demonstrate Professional Competence by the use of an External Transport Manager. In either case the limited company is using the Certificate of Professional Competence belonging to an individual person, to demonstrate that it “holds” Professional Competence.

The nominated Transport Manager is using the same Certificate of Professional Competence awarded to them. As evidence that they are a suitable qualified person, i.e. they “hold” Professional Competence & can be in the position of the nominated Transport Manager. Named on the Standard Operators Licence held by the limited company.

The above situation has sometimes led to confusion, in that that many limited companies that are Standard Operators’ Licence Holders (Company Directors or Owners). Believing because Professional Competence demonstrated is connected with the holder of the Certificate of Professional Competence. That the CPC holder is solely responsible for compliance to the Operator Licensing Regulations.

This is incorrect as the limited company is only using the Certificate of Professional Competence held by the nominated Transport Manager to demonstrate Professional Competence. It therefore as a Standard Operators Licence Holder, it must also act in a Professional Competent manner, not just demonstrate it.

Therefore, in summary if either the holder of the Certificate of Professional Competence or the Standard Operator’s Licence Holder. Act in a manner which effects the standard of compliance of the Standard Operators Licence they are named on & which is considered as being not Professional Competent.

Then both parties would be considered responsible, for the failure to maintain/demonstrate the Professional Competence required of the Standard Operators Licence. Which could lead to the enforcement & regulatory bodies taking action against both the holder Certificate of Professional Competence & the Standard Operator’s Licence Holder

Certificate of Professional Competence Related Services Offered by Oplas Transport Consultancy

Oplas Transport Consultancy offers a number of services & solutions, related to the Certificate of Professional Competence. Along with information for those individuals looking to obtain a Certificate of Professional Competence qualification. Please see below those services & if you wish for more information, you can by using the highlighted links. Which will take you to a dedicated page or website for that service & the solutions offered.

1: Those parties looking to engage the services of an individual who is the holder of a Certificate of Professional Competence To act as the nominated Transport Manager on the either their Standard Operators Licence application, or the current Standard Operators’ Licence. The conditions under which the Certificate of Professional Competence/CPC Holder will be engage, are to be those considered as being an External Transport Manager. Please use the link indicated, to our On-line CPC Holder Finder Service.

2: Parties(s) who are the holder of a Certificate of Professional Competence qualification & are interested in External Transport Management work. Along with willing to offering those skills, & services, in a sub-contract / self-employed manner. Which matches the current requirements, known as the 4/50 regulations & willing to registering their details on the Oplas Transport Consultancy database. So that they may consider offers from interested parties after being contact by said described parties, from their use of Oplas Transport Consultancy On-line CPC Holder Finder Service. Please use the link indicated, to our On-line CPC Holder Database Registration.

3: Parties who are Restricted Operator’s Licence Holders. How are looking for a professional advice from a holder of a Certificate of Professional Competence. On matters of Operator Licensing compliance. Please use the link indicated, to our dedicated Restricted Operator’s Licence Management Website.

4: You are after more information as a holder of a Certificate of Professional Competence. Acting as the nominated Transport Manager on a Standard Operators’ Licence. In such areas as the role, responsibilities, & regulations. Please use the link indicated.

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This Website and the information shown on it, has been produced as a basic guide, to show the relationship between a CPC Holder, & the Operator Licence Regime. Therefore, it cannot be considered as formal legal advice.