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What is Operator CPC?
An Operator CPC qualification is required if you want to become a transport manager or an owner operator within the commercial transport industry.
The CPC stands for Certificate of Professional Competence. Similar (in wording only) to the Driver CPC qualification but completely different. Operator CPC is for management and Driver CPC is for drivers.
Having the operator CPC qualification means the holder has a thorough understanding of running a transport business.
To be awarded an Operator CPC qualification, students must pass a number of examinations, including one multi choice and one case study paper.
National and International CPC Combined. It used to be the case that you had a number of “different” management CPC qualifications, i.e. you could just attain the national CPC and then at a later date add the international CPC.
This is no longer the case. The national and international CPC are now combined into one qualification. This is to bring us more in line with Europe. This change does not necessarily make the questions more difficult it just makes the subject matter greater.
The exams are currently managed by OCR and taken 4 times a year. The syllabus is wide ranging and covers all aspects of running a transport operation. The syllabus includes: costings, vehicle maintenance, applying for an operator licence, social legislation, driver’s hours, CMR, ADR, vehicle types, transporting livestock etc. The examination is regarded as an NVQ level 3.
Operator CPC examinations
Multi choice paper. This is also known as R1. You will be given 60 questions. To be awarded a pass you must get at least 42 out of 60 (70%) correct. Time given for this paper is 2 hours.
Case study paper
This is also known as R2. You will be given 5-8 questions based upon a scenario. The scenario is given to you at the time you commence your case study examination. As it is a case study paper and not a multi choice examination you must explain and write your answers. The case study examination is open book so you can take whatever relevant supporting notes and books into the examination with you. The overall pass mark required is 50%. This too is a 2 hour examination.
How long does an Operator CPC qualification last?
One good thing about Operator CPC is once you again the qualification it’s yours for life. No need to renew or re-validate. The only problem here is transport mangers must keep abreast of new and changing legislation.
In light of this many transport managers attend voluntary O licence refresher courses every 5-10 years. This is a “mini CPC” and will normally last 1-2 days. It goes through and summarises the Operator licence holder’s legal obligations.
Getting the CPC qualification does require commitment and hard work. It’s a serious investment in both time and money. Getting the right training provider is essential in achieving your CPC qualification.
Over the last couple of years we have built up a network of professional, local, independent operator CPC training providers based all over the UK. These companies will meet your aspirations and help you achieve your goals.
Just use our training finder to find professional Operator CPC training companies in your area.