CPC Cert - Road Transport Operations - Haulage Exam I CILT

CPC in Road Transport Operations Management

**** Due to the Corona-Virus concerns TM CPC Examination on the Tuesday 09 June 2020 is now deferred until Wednesday 09 December 2020 ****

The Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) in Road Transport Operations Management (road haulage) is designed to meet the requirements of Regulation (EC) No. 1071/2009. 

CILT is the examining body for the CPC in Road Transport Operations Management on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport.

Achievement of the CPC in road haulage (Road Transport Operations Management) demonstrates that the holder of the qualification is qualified to perform effective and continuous management of undertakings engaged in road transport operations within any EU member state.

This CPC is for managers particularly those who wish to become transport managers or who want to set up their own transport business.   

Course Outline

This CPC is designed for managers and those wanting to set up their own transport business.

There is a requirement to complete a minimum of 100 hours tuition prior to sitting the examination. Along with attending classes, students are  also advised to spend a further 100 hours in home study, to read and widen their knowledge, to revise and prepare for examinations. 

Key areas covered are: 

Introduction to haulage and passenger transport operations  

Setting up a road transport business 

  • Covers marketing, developing a business plan, decision-making factors, financial considerations, business ownership, obligations upon transport operators and consequences of bankruptcy. 

Access to the road haulage market 

  • What the legal requirements are in setting up a business and getting access to the road haulage market. 
  • Covers professional competence, good repute and financial standing so candidates are aware of what is required by the Department of Transport, Sport and Tourism when applying for a Road Transport Operators Licence. 
  • Also covers community authorisations and bi-lateral permits in order to meet the legal obligation for carrying out operations in the EU and further afield.  

Transport operations management - haulage 

  • Covers main issues in managing a road haulage business - distribution management, logistics, JIT, selecting the vehicles, fleet management, insurances, documentation for the driver, vehicles and loads, the role of information technology in transport management, organisation of work, operating efficiency and fuel economy. 

Financial management 

  • Provides students with the main financial information required when setting up and running a business. 
  • Covers basic accounting information on keeping accounts, balance sheets, financial analysis, depreciation, costings, pricing, cost allocation, budgeting and managing cash flow. 
  • Other areas covered include, road user charges, cheques, methods of payment, renting, and factoring. There is also a section covering invoicing and incoterms (commercial terms for common contractual sales practices, often used to communicate the tasks, costs, and risks associated with the transportation and delivery of goods), fares and pricing. 

Technical standards - haulage 

  • Deals with the EU Legislation on the common rules or standards in operating vehicles in Europe. 
  • Covers EU type approval, vehicle weights, dimensions and design, abnormal loads, special permits and vehicle testing, technical standards, vehicle selection, loading and unloading, cargo-handling and loading devices, noise and air pollution, drawing up periodic maintenance plans, compliance with the safety requirements, vehicle maintenance, and the carriage of dangerous goods by road. 

Civil, commercial and social legislation 

  • Focuses on the social issues concerned with road transport. 
  • Covers employers' social security obligations, work contracts, obligations of the parties, working conditions and working hours, paid leave, remuneration, breach of contract, Working Time Directive, main types of contract used in road transport, conditions of carriage, contract, agency and carriers liability in tort, consumer rights, employment health and safety legislation, driver qualifications, compliance with traffic regulations, compensation for loss or damage to goods, claims for injury to passengers and damage and loss of baggage. 

Conventions and documentation 

  • Examines the various conventions and documents in use in transport in passenger operations in Ireland and abroad. 
  • Covers CVR Convention, Carnet de Passage en Douane and other Customs documentation, transit agreements and road user charges. 

Route planning and road safety 

  • Examines the importance of safety in transport and covers the legal requirement under the tachograph regulations for driving hours and rest periods. 
  • Also covers the requirements for route planning especially when undertaking an international journey, including country profiles, access to ports and the main routes used from Ireland to Europe. 

I am a TM CPC UK Certificate Holder - Can I Transfer to an EU / Irish Certificate?

Holders of UK TM CPCs will be REQUIRED TO RE-CERTIFY with an EU/Irish TM CPC QUALIFICATION, however the requirement of 100 hours tuition in advance of the exam, which is normally mandatory, will be waived and candidates can apply to CILT to sit the examination directly.

1. Register yourself as an Exam Candidate 
2. When you have registered you will receive an automated email (this can go into SPAM folder)
3. Contact exams@cilt.ie to request 'UK-EU: Certification to Book / Pay for CPC Exam'
4. The exam fee is €285.00 and you will receive the 16th Edition of the CPC Manual

CPC Exam

Candidates must sit two exams to achieve a CPC in Road Transport Operations Management. 

Once the candidate has chosen an approved CPC provider to study with, the provider will then register the candidate as an exam candidate via the CILT website before the course begins.  

An automated email of log in details will be sent to the candidate. This will provide the candidate with: 

  • ‘M’ Number and Password
  • Link to Member / Candidate portal of the website
  • There, the candidate can check their personal details are correct
  • Book and pay for the exam once the provider have ‘certified’ the candidate for 100 hours of training.

A minimum of 100 hours of tuition must be provided by the course provider. 
Along with attending classes, students are also ADVISED to spend a further 100 hours in home study, to read and widen their knowledge, to revise and prepare for examinations.

Exam Fees

Cost to sit CPC exams - €285.00

NOTE: If repeating one paper due to 'Fail Special' you must pay the full €285.00

Exam Schedule 2020


Wednesday 09 December 2020


  • Dublin
    Marino Institute
    Griffith Avenue
    Dublin 9
    D09 R232

  • Cork
    Rochestown Park Hotel
    Rochestown Rd
    Co Cork
    T12 AKC8

  • Galway 
    Oranmore Lodge Hotel, 
    Co Galway
    H91 NN76

Examination Format - Open Book

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport as of from June 2019 will change 
the Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competency examination to an 
This change is made after consultation with the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport.

For the next examination, candidates will be allowed to bring in a copy of the 16 Edition of the TM CPC Course Manual dated March 2018.

Candidates may insert the small tabs / index page markers into their manuals, no other written material may be brought into the examination.

Candidates will also be required to bring a calculator with them into the examination

Examination Format: 

Two papers each of 2 hours 30 minutes duration, in each paper:

  • 6 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) of 5 marks each
  • 11 Short questions of 20 marks each
  • 1 Compulsory question of 100 marks
  • 1 Essay question of 50 marks 
    Total marks per paper – 400

Sitting the Exams

Candidates will sit both exam papers on the same day

Morning: Paper One (09:30 to 12:00) 

This paper is based on the following subjects:

  • Setting up a Business
  • Access to the Market
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
Afternoon: Paper Two (14:00 to 16:30)

This paper is based on the following subjects:

  • Technical Standards
  • Civil, Commercial & Social Law
  • Conventions Documentation
  • Route Planning & Road Safety

Examination Marking

The candidate must receive an overall pass mark of 60%.

There must also achieve a minimum of 50% in each paper.

Morning Paper One - pass mark is 60% (400 marks)

  • 2 hours 30 minutes duration
  • 6 Multiple Choice Questions (5 marks each)
  • 11 Short questions (20 marks each)
  • 1 Compulsory question (100 marks)
  • 1 Essay question (50 marks)
    Total:  400 marks

Afternoon Paper Two - pass mark is 60% (400 marks)

  • 2 hours 30 minutes duration
  • 6 Multiple Choice Questions (5 marks each) 
  • 11 Short questions (20 marks each)
  • 1 Compulsory question (100 marks) 
  • 1 Essay question (50 marks)
    Total:  400 marks 

Note: All students achieving 55%-59% will be automatically rechecked.

Note: A special provision exists for candidates who fail to achieve the overall 60% requirement, but who achieves 60% or over in either Paper One or Paper Two and who also achieve a minimum 50% in the other paper.
Such candidates will only be required to re-sit the failed paper (at the next examination date), this is known as a ‘Fail Special’.

Where a candidate fails to avail of this option or fails to achieve a 60% minimum in the re-sit paper, he/she will be required to re-sit the full examination (Paper One and Two) at their next attempt.

Candidates who have not been successful will receive an email outlining their results and giving details for repeating the examination, if they wish to do so. Based on their results they will be advised as to whether they need to re-sit one or both examinations. 

Notification of Results

Candidates will be notified in 40 working days from the date after the exam.

Working days for our office are Monday to Friday and the office is closed on Bank Holidays and the Christmas season.

Results will be emailed and NO results will be given out over the phone.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I get a Replacement Copy of my CPC in Road Transport Operations Management?

  2. Is the TM CPC Certificate on the QQI / NFQ Framework? - NO

  3. Past Exam Papers

  4. Can I get my CPC Number if I have lost / misplaced my Certificate?

  5. How do I Apply Online for the new TM CPC Exam

  6. Can I Appeal my Exam Result?

  7. What is the difference between a Certificate of Professional Competence and an Operator Licence?

  8. I have a Driver CPC. Does this qualify me to act as a transport manager?

  9. Will the CPC cover both national and international operations?

  10. Why is there a need for a CPC?

  11. Do you have to renew your CPC in Road Transport Operations management at any point?

  12. I passed by CPC in the UK / Northern Ireland - How do I get a Copy of my Certificate?

  13. Can I Buy an up-to-date CPC Manual for my own reference?

Becoming a CPC Provider

Step 1
Read the information about becoming a CPC training provider including the criteria for applicants and fees – CPC Provider Information

Step 2
Fill out the application form attaching additional documents where required:

CPC Provider Application Form

CPC Training Facility Application Form

CPC Tutor Application Form

Step 3
Finally send your application form to:

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT),
1 Fitzwilliam Place,
Dublin 2,
D02 DT68.

Approved CPC Course Providers

To be eligible to sit the CPC in road haulage (Road Transport Operations Management) exams a candidate must first select a course provider approved by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Only approved providers are in a position to put forward candidates for examination

CPC Courses in Cork: 
Cork Institute of Technology
Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork
Contact: Pat Donovan
Tel: 087 9678754
Email: patodonovancpc@gmail.com 

CPC Courses in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, and Westmeath:
CPC Training Ltd
Contact: Tony Hynes
Tel: (066) 7186525 / 087 6363003
Email:           info@cpc.ie 
Website:      www.cpc.ie 

CPC Courses in Cork, Dublin, Meath (Ashbourne), and Wexford (New Ross): 
Robin Mulligan Ltd
Best Western Sheldon Park, Kylemore Road, Dublin 12
Contact: Manus Mulligan
Tel: (041) 982 1112
Email: info@robinmulligan.ie  

CPC Courses in Dublin: 
FTA Ireland 
Contact: Aidan Flynn, Donncha P E Cody, Eamonn McEvoy
FTA Ireland Training Facility
Airport Business Park, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 844 7516
Email: aflynn@fta.ie  

Shanahan Rota Solutions
ISM Training and Recruitment Centre
Broomhill Business Complex
Dublin 24
Contact: Anthony Shanahan
Tel: 087 354 5346
Email: shanahanrotasolutions@yahoo.com  
Website: www.shanahanrotasolutions.com  

CPC Course in Galway:
Contact: Chris Burke
Clybaun Hotel, Knocknacarra, Galway
Tel: 086 8240361
Email: info@burkecpc.ie 
Website: www.burkecpc.ie  

CPC Courses in Kildare:
HazChem Training Ltd
Unit G10, Maynooth Business Park
Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Contact: Seamus Cleere
Tel: (01) 629 1800
Email: info@hazchem.ie


CPC Courses in Kilkenny:
Brian Carroll
South East CPC
Unit 2F, First Floor, Cillin Hill
Tel: (056) 775 1686 /  087 921 5564
Email: info@southeastcpc.ie 
Web: www.southeastcpc.ie 


CPC Course in Roscommon:
Frank Daly & Associates
Hannon's Hotel, Athlone Road, Roscommon 
Contact: Frank Daly
Tel: 087 2306972
Email: dalyff@gmail.com

CPC Courses in Waterford:
Shanahan Rota Solutions 
The Workhouse Building, The Union, Kilmacthomas, Co Waterford 
Contact: Anthony Shanahan
Tel: 087 354 5346
Email: shanahanrotasolutions@yahoo.com
Web: www.shanahanrotasolutions.com 

CPC Course in Westmeath:
4 Church Avenue, Mullingar, Co Westmeath
Contact: Yvonne Sheehan
Tel: 086 795 8001 / (044) 9345740
Email: Yvonne@adta.ie  
Web: www.adta.ie