CPC Courses (Operator)
The Traffic Commissioners (the issuing authority for operator licences) require professional competence to be proven by at least one member of the management team of operators of most transport companies. Generally, those who operate goods vehicles with a gross plated weight of more than 3,500 kg require a standard operator licence and a professionally competent person to be appointed. Those who operate passenger carrying vehicles with more than nine passenger seats, and the passengers pay to travel, will also require a standard operator licence and a professionally competent person. The professionally competent person will often be employed as the Transport Manager. One way of demonstrating this competence is by achieving the relevant OCR Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) qualification. Successful completion of the Operator CPC exams will qualify them to be nominated as the professionally competent person on a standard operator licence in any business – large or small and engaged in national or international operations. There are separate CPC qualifications for road haulage (HGV) and for passenger (PSV) transport operations.
Under EU law, the international qualifications, gained in the UK, are recognised as meeting the competence requirements in all other EU member states. The OCR CPC qualification is currently a lifetime award, which means that once obtained, the qualification will not expire and holders will be considered professionally competent for the rest of their life.
CPC exams are held four times each year, in March, June, September and December. We run the exams administered by the OCR examination board. There are alternative exam boards offering the CPC. The examination is set at Level 3 (equivalent to A level) covering both aspects of business management and transport operations.
The CPC is made up of two exams: a 2 hour multiple choice question paper; and a 2 hour 15 minute written paper which is based on a given scenario. Students need to pass both examinations to achieve the CPC qualification. Students can take both examinations on the same day or they can take one or more examinations at a time throughout the year. Each examination unit pass will remain valid until substantial changes take place in the syllabus. Even then, a few years may be available to complete the other unit you need in order to gain the full CPC award.
The multiple choice examination is also available on demand (e-test) – exam board has suspended this option at present as a result of security breach. We are hoping that these will be up and running again in 2020.
Both question papers cover National and International topics. The multi choice paper (R1 or P1) is made up of 60 questions and there is a notional pass rate of 70% meaning a required mark of at least 42. Questions are drawn from a bank of questions covering the whole syllabus. The case study paper (R2 or P2) is made up of between 6 and 8 questions. There are 60 marks available and there is a notional 50% pass rate.
All case study papers will contain questions from syllabus sections C4 (Drivers hours, working time and records); E7 (Operational costings); from at least one of F1, F2 and/or F3 (Operator licensing) and from either G3, G5 (maintenance), G6 and/or H1 (driver qualifications). With the OCR exam board, candidates are allowed to bring any written materials of their choosing to the P2 and R2 papers, for their own use. They are also allowed to use a battery-operated, non-programmable calculator.
Please be aware that some other training establishments use alternative exam boards and their requirements differ. For example, the FTA use City and Guilds examinations. City and Guilds require a 70% pass rate in both papers and do not allow you to take in written material other than three of the DVSA publications. Training for professional competence will cover a wide range of topics applicable to all businesses who need to comply with road transport law. Students should base their study around the total concept of road transport operations and not limit their learning to the areas they already know, or plan to work in immediately. They will be tested in all areas of required knowledge – see the OCR website (http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/by-type/vocational-qualifications/certificates-of-professional-competence/) for more information including CPC Syllabus plus Student and Tutor Guides.
Friendberry offer various modes of training Homestudy 9-Day Intensive CPC Training Course Combination of homestudy and course Homestudy + 2 days case study Homestudy + 4 days intensive CPC training Homestudy + 6 days intensive CPC training One on One assistance.