Certificate of Professional Competence – A 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 CPC Certificate 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.

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.