CPC Cert - Road Transport Operations - Haulage Exam I CILT

CPC in Road Haulage 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.

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.   


Need a replacement copy of your cert?

To apply for a duplicate or replacement certificate of professional competence it costs €25.Please fill out the CILT CPC Replacement Form and return it to us either via email or post to CPC - CILT 1 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 D02 DT68. 

TM CPC Examination 2024

6th June 2024

4th December 2024



Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre

Lucan Road, Clonsilla, Dublin 15,

D15 Y2DH



Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork
Ditchley House, Little Island, Cork, Ireland

T45 WF53



Menlo Park Hotel, Headford Road Galway

H91 E98N 



Student Circular 2021

                           Communication to students November 2021


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. 

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 2024

Confirmed Date

6th June 2024 

         Applications deadline - 23rd May 2024. 

4th December 2024

         Applications deadline - 20th November 2024. 


Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre

Lucan Road, Clonsilla, Dublin 15,

D15 Y2DH



Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork
Ditchley House, Little Island, Cork, Ireland

T45 WF53



Menlo Park Hotel, Headford Road Galway

H91 E98N 


Examination Format - Open Book

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

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 as well as the asociated TMCPC MANUAL ADDENDUM.

Candidates may insert the small tabs / index page markers into their manuals, they may also highlight text if they wish, however no other written material or notes may be brought into the examination.

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

Examination Marking Scheme: 

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

Both papers - Pass mark is 60% (240 marks)

  • Multiple choice questions   - mix of 5/10 mark     = 30 - 90 marks 
  • Up to 11 short questions     - x 20 mark                  = 160 - 220 marks 
  • 1 essay type question          - x 50 mark                  = 50 marks 
  • 1 case study questions        - x 150 mark               = 150 marks 

                                                                                      Total  = 400 marks   

Each Paper has two sections – Section A and Section B.  The answers to Section A must be written on the question exam paper.  Answers to Section B must be written in the Answer Booklet provided.  Neither booklet are permitted to leave the examination hall but must be returned to an invigilator.

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 broadly but not exclusively 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 broadly but not exclusively on the following subjects:

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

Each exam paper has 2 Sections. Section A and Section B. Answers to Section A must be written in the question Booklet in the space provided for each question.  Answers to the questions in Section B must be written in the Answer Booklet provided.

Examination Marking

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

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

                   Examination Marking Scheme


Both Papers                                                       - pass mark is 60% (240 marks)

2 hours 30 minutes duration (including reading time). 

Examination Format: 

Multiple Choice Questions             mix  of 5/10 marks each    =  30 - 90 marks

Up to 11 short questions                X 20 Mark                              = 160 - 220 marks

1 Essay type question                     X 50 Mark                              = 50 marks

1 Case study question                    X 150 mark                            = 150 marks

The Case Study question is compulsory in all TM CPC exams. The question is designed to assess a candidates understanding, and or application of the subject matter, not just their knowledge of it.  Candidates are strongly advised to practice answering case study type questions to help prepare themselves for the real exam.

Total:  400 marks


  • Note: All students achieving between 55%-59% will automatically have their exam papers 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 (Papers 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. Sample 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

4 Church Avenue, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Tel:              086 795 8001 / (044) 9345740

Contact:      Yvonne Sheehan
Email:          Yvonne@adta.ie    
Web:            www.adta.ie 


Pat O Donovan CPC
Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork
Contact: Pat Donovan
Tel: 087 9678754
Email: patodonovancpc@gmail.com 

CPC Training Ltd
Contact: Tony Hynes
Tel: (066) 7186525 / 087 6363003
Email:           info@cpc.ie 
Website:      www.cpc.ie 

Robin Mulligan Ltd
Best Western Sheldon Park, Kylemore Road, Dublin 12
Contact: Manus Mulligan
Tel: (041) 982 1112
Email: info@robinmulligan.ie  

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: info@FTAI.ie


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


Swilly Group

The Business Hub
Business Park Road
Co. Donegal

Tel: +353 74 915 1212
Email: info@swillygroup.com


ISM Training Centre (Tallaght)
Broomhill Business Complex,
Broomhill Road,
Tallaght, Dublin 24

Contact: ISM Training Centre
Tel:          +353 1 8641790
Email:      info@ism.ie 
Web:        www.ism.ie