The Certificate of Professional Competence in Road Haulage is a
level 3 qualification that gives the learner the skill set to
become a fully qualified transport manager. It teaches best
practice in transport operations as well as giving the learner a
detailed knowledge of the rules and regulations applicable to road
haulage in the UK and Europe.
From 2012 there is only one qualification that covers both
national and international operations. Anyone who has passed the
previous National CPC and wants to upgrade to International will
have until December 2013 to pass the International module. Anyone
who has previously passed some but not all of the National CPC
modules will have to sit the new combined examination.
The requirement for goods vehicle operators to show evidence of
professional competence is contained in the Goods Vehicles Act
1995. Organisations operating goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross
vehicle weight require an Operator's Licence. In order to apply for
an O-licence the licence holder must hold or have access to someone
who holds a valid Certificate of Professional Competence in Road
Haulage (CPC) qualification.
Benefits to the employer and the learner
Learners will develop their knowledge of road haulage laws,
finance and road safety, helping to ensure a safe practice.
Employers will be complying with the Goods Vehicle Operators'
Regulations 1997, as well as improving the professionalism and
performance of their business.
On successful completion learners will receive a Certificate of
Professional Competence. This means that they can now apply for a
Goods Vehicle Operator's Licence.
The new CPC in Road Haulage consists of a single multiple choice
assessment and a single case study assessment. Both elements will
test national and international knowledge/application. So, to
achieve a new International CPC, candidates will only need to take
Examinations take place four times a year in March, June,
September and December.
Opportunities for further development
Learners can progress to a range of other qualifications and