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CPC in Road Transport Operations Management

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 

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.

CPC Exam

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

Once you have chosen an approved CPC provider to study with, they will then register you as an exam candiate. Registration must be done before course begins and involves the processing of an application form and other relevant documents.  

Following receipt of an application, CILT will send a letter of confirmation to the candidate.
This will provide them with their: 

  • Examination number
  • Date of their CPC exam 
  • Centre where they will sit their CPC exam 

Note: Places are allotted on a first come first served basis to a nominated examination centre, your course provider will advise about this when processing your application.

Once registered the candidate is in a position to commence their course.
A minimum of 100 hours of tuition must be provided by the course provider  

One month prior to the exam date, the course provider will confirm to the Institute that the candidate has achieved the requisite amount of class attendance. This also ensures students have sufficient time for revision purposes.  

Exam Fees

Cost to sit CPC exams - €285

Exam Schedule

CPC exams are held three times a year.

2017 3rd February 2017
  9th June 2017
  24th November 2017
2018  11th May 2018
  7th December 2018
  Final date TBC

 

Examination Format

Candidates must sit two papers. Each is 2.5 hours in duration.

Each exam consists of 23 questions

  • 8 multiple choice questions
  • 13 short questions
  • 2 essay questions - question 1 is compulsory, candidates then answer one other from a choice of three questions. 

Sitting the exams

Candidates will sit both exam papers on the same day

Morning: Paper One

This paper is based on the following subjects:

  • Setting up a Business
  • Access to the Market
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management

Afternoon: Paper Two

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% (240 marks)

  • 8 multiple choice questions x 5 marks each  =  40 marks
  • 13 short questions x 20 marks each  =  260 marks
  • 2 essay style questions x  50 marks each  =  100 marks
    Total:  400 marks

Afternoon Paper Two - pass mark is 60% (240 marks)

  • 8 multiple choice questions  x 5 marks each  = 40 marks
  • 13 short questions x 20 marks each  = 260 marks
  • 2 essay type questions x 50 marks each  = 100 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 be required to resit the failed paper only (at the  next examination date), provided the failed paper exceeds the 50% minimum requirement.

Where a candidate fails to avail of this option or fails to achieve a 60% minimum in the resit paper he/she will be required to resit the full examination (both morning and afternoon papers) at their next attempt.

Notification of Results

Candidates will be notified by post within 40 working days from the day of exam.

No results will be given out over the phone.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I get a replacement copy of my CPC in Road Tramsport Operations Management?

  2. Can you appeal your exam result?

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

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

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

  6. Why is there a need for a CPC?

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

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


Step 3
Finally send your application form to:

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

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 Dublin:
Contact Information 
FTA Ireland
FTA Ireland Training Facility
Airport Business Park
Co. Dublin
Contact: Aidan Flynn & Donnacha PE Cody
Tel: (01) 8447516
Email: aflynn@fta.ie
 
CPC Training Ltd
Green Isle Hotel
Naas Road
Dublin
Contact: Tony Hynes
Tel: (066) 7186525 / 086 6363003
Email: tony@cpc.ie
 
Robin Mulligan Ltd
Best Western Sheldon Park
Kylemore Road
Dublin 12
 
Contact: Manus Mulligan
Tel: (041) 9821112
Email: info@robinmulligan.ie
 
 
CPC Courses in Cork: 
Contact Information
Cork Institute of Technology
Rossa Avenue
Bishopstown
Cork
Contact: Pat Donovan
Tel: 087 9678754
Email: donovanpat2@eircom.net
 
CPC Training Ltd
Vienna Woods Hotel
Glanmire
Co. Cork
Contact: Tony Hynes
Tel: (066) 7186525 / 086 6363003
Email: tony@cpc.ie
 
Robin Mulligan Ltd
Clayton Silver Springs Hotel
Tivoli
Cork
Contact: Manus Mulligan
Tel:(041) 9821112
Email: info@robinmulligan.ie
 
 

CPC Courses in Galway:
Contact Information
Clybaun Hotel
Knocknacarra 
Galway

 
Contact: Chris Burke
Tel: 086 8240361
Email: chrisburkecpc@eircom.net

 
CPC Training Ltd
Connacht Ltd
Old Dublin Road
Galway
Contact: Tony Hynes
Tel: (066) 7186525 / 086 6363003
Email@tony@cpc.ie
 
 

CPC Courses in Limerick:
Contact Information 
Limerick Institute of Technology
Department of Mechanical and Automobile Engineering, LIT
Moylish 
Limerick
Contact: Philip Ryan
Tel: (061) 293242
Email: philip.ryan@lit.ie

 

CPC Training Ltd.
Kilmurray Lodge
Castletroy
Limerick
Contact: Tony Hynes
Tel: (066)7186525 / 086 6363003
Email: tony@cpc.ie

 

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

CPC courses in Longford:
Longford Arms Hotel
Main Street
Longford
Contact: Noel Quinn
HynesQuinn Driving School
Tel: 086 2682305 / 085 8657776
Email: info@hynesquinn.com
 
 

CPC Course in Meath:
Robin Mulligan Ltd
Monkstown
Navan
Co. Meath
Conatct: Manus Mulligan
Tel: (041) 9821112
Email: info@robinmulligan.ie
 
 

CPC Course in Westmeath:
ADTA
Cusack House
Castle Street
Mullingar
Co. Westmeath
Contact: Yvonne Kinnarney
Tel: 086 7958001
Email: Yvonne@adta.ie

 
CPC Training Ltd
Prince of Wales Hotel
Athlone
Contact: Tony Hynes
Tel: (066) 7186525 / 086 6363003
Email: tony@cpc.ie 
 
 

CPC Courses in Kildare:
HazChem Training Ltd
Unit G10
Maynooth Business Park
Maynooth
Co. Kildare
Contact: Seamus Cleere
Tel: (01) 6291800
Email: info@hazchem.ie

 
CPC Course in Wexford:
Robin Mulligan Ltd
Brandon House Hotel
New Ross
Co. Wexford
Contact: Manus Mulligan
Tel: (041) 9821112
Email: info@robinmulligan.ie


CPC Courses in Waterford:
Mobile Training
J.P. Ryan Training & Consultancy Ltd
Dungarvan Business Centre
Fairlane, Dungarvan
Co. Waterford
Contact: J.P Ryan
Tel: 087 8288834
Email: info@mobiletraining.ie

 
 

CPC Course in Cavan:
Robin Mulligan Ltd
Errigal House Hotel
Cavan Road
Coothill
Co. Cavan
Contact: Manus Mulligan
Tel: (041) 9821112
Email: info@robinmulligan.ie

 
 

CPC Course in Donegal: 
Swilly Group
i:Tek Building
Business Park Rd
Letterkenny
Co. Donegal
Contact: Brian Sweeney
Tel: (074) 9168634
Email: brian@swillygroup.com