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Driver CPC

Getting to Grips with the Driver CPC

September 2014 seems a long way in the past. Companies and Drivers were rushing trying to ensure that they had completed the requisite 35 hours of Driver CPC training. Many were convinced that it would simply disappear after 2014 or when Brexit became a reality. Neither happened and all drivers are faced with needing to complete their second 'helping' of periodic training.

This period, drivers have been significantly more proactive, the number of courses completed yearly has risen considerably. The benefit to companies and individuals of completing the five days over a longer period are - spreading the cost, ensuring that each training session is a different and reducing the need to release drivers en masse.

As an operator it is your responsibility, whether you provide the driver CPC to your employees or not, to monitor their CPC record the hours completed and keep adequate records. Drivers need to register on the DVSA website to allow you access to their records. If you need help accessing this service then contact us, we will point you in the right direction. 

MDR Training runs regular DCPC courses throughout the year, including Saturdays. We have a number of course options from First Aid Training to Tachograph & Drivers Hours modules. With professional trainers and group booking discounts, we can help you make sure your drivers stay compliant which in turn protects your Operating Licence. 

For help & advice call us on 0116 200 1866

So, You are a Qualified Transport Manager! .... What Next?

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By now the bulk of candidates who sat their Transport Manager CPC exams in September will have their results, if not their new shiny EU Certificates. That new certificate is their entry into the world of Transport Management. 

The Transport Manager is an integral part or the transport business. An expert in their field a Transport Manager is not only answerable to their employees but also the Traffic Commissioner.

"A Transport Manager exercises continuous and effective control over transport activities"

What does that quote mean? 

Basically it means you have full responsibility for the transport operation. A Transport Managers basic duties are:

  • Ensuring and monitoring that drivers comply with drivers' hours and tachograph rules and within the speed limits
  • Arranging for vehicles to be maintained properly, including making sure that vehicles are inspected at the proper intervals and taking corrective action should defects be found
  • Monitoring and actioning drivers defect reporting
  • Maintaining accurate records (Which must be kept for 15 months)
  • Making sure authorised vehicles are kept at the registered operating centre when not in use.
  • Keeping the traffic commissioner notified of any prosecution or convictions or either the Operator, Drivers or themselves. (Within 28 days of a court hearing)

If a Transport Manager does not carry out their duties properly, they can be disqualified by the Traffic Commissioner. If as a Transport Manager, you feel you are being forced to operate outside of Operator Licencing rules you should seek advice as soon as possible.

Being a Transport Manager is a rewarding and well respected career. You can expect to earn a salary between £22 & £41,000, the national average is £29,677 (taken from payscale.com Oct '16)

Another important factor in being an effective Transport Manager is staying abreast of changes within the industry. MDR Training offers CPC Refresher courses to Transport Managers in both Road Haulage & Passenger Transport. Undertaking a Refresher is not mandatory, but it is highly advised to protect both your company operator licence and your good repute as a Transport Manager.

If you feel you need a skill update then give MDR Training a call, they will be able to advise you on the best path to getting, and staying qualified - 0116 200 1866

The Transport Manager CPC. Studying and Maths!

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OK, you have worked in the haulage or passenger transport industry and its time to add a qualification to all that accumulated knowledge. The next logical step would be sitting the Transport Manager CPC qualification.

Problem solved? ...Nearly.

On a day to day basis, I speak to people from across the industry who are thinking of gaining their Transport Manager CPC qualification. The biggest concern I hear is that potential delegates are put off by the fact that they have not sat in a classroom environment, for a significant amount of time.

Is having not been in a classroom for many years a dealbreaker?

Not really. To succeed and gain the CPC qualification the main things we look for in a delegate is that they are keen and willing to listen and contribute in the class. You do not need to hold a Masters in Law to understand the legal elements of the course. You do not need a working knowledge of algebra and Pythagoras theorem to schedule a drivers' working day.

What you do need is a good grasp of written English, and understand how to use a calculator. We can teach you the rest.

Steve, our Passenger Transport tutor created this very useful "Maths Package". We use this during the course and I think that anyone considering sitting the Transport Manager CPC course should take a look at it:

 
 

The purpose of this short post is not to scare people, in fact, quite the opposite. If you are worried that your lack of academic experience will unfairly hinder you then think again! With the right attitude, top quality tutorage and a decent calculator the Transport Manager CPC is an achievable and attainable goal.

You can read more about our Transport Manager CPC classroom courses here. Or if you would like a chat, call us on 0116 200 1866.

 

Studying the Transport Manager CPC via Home Study

There are several routes to study towards the Transport Manager CPC qualification.

"Home Study" can be a cost effective, viable alternative but for it to be successful you will need to take a disciplined and organised approach to your studies. 

While it isn't easy, it is entirely possible to study at home without going crazy!

Set a Routine

Try to set aside a certain amount of time each day to dedicate to your studies. Whether this is after work or after the kids are in bed. Setting a routine and sticking to it will allow you to focus solely on your studies.

Be realistic with what you fit into your schedule, this leads onto the next point...

Avoid Cramming!

The Transport Manager CPC course from MDR is a modular course. Break the course into manageable chunks. For example the Road Haulage course is in 26 modules splitting that over say 2 months or 8 weeks equates to 3.25 (4!) modules per week. You could tackle a module per day, revise on day 5 then take 2 days rest. Exams are held 4 times per year, you need to decide on a target exam date and set your timetable accordingly. Remember you need to have booked your exams at least 4 weeks before the exam date. Ring 01162001866 or take a look the transport manager cpc page for exact dates.

Research

There is a huge resource of research at your finger-tips - the internet! The course contains a huge about of additional useful information, but as you are studying "solo" take to forums to find other peoples point of view on a particular subject. (MDR are currently in the process of setting up a community forum for their students)

Revision & Past Papers

Included in your course material is a full suite of tests, exercises and past papers. You can also find many other exam examples from OCR. Make sure you read examiner reports and pay particular attention to how case study questions and answers are laid out the page.

Exam Preparation

This ties in with the paragraph above.  As you are aware you can take your course material and any supporting notes into the CASE STUDY exam with you., Make sure they are organised, there is a contents page included with the course, you may find it helpful print some of the supporting information and add it to your study manual. You can take anything into the exam you think you may need (I'd not try and take your IPad in, that may get frowned upon). 

Make sure you have practiced the MULTIPLE CHOICE exercises thoroughly, there are only so may questions and variations on a theme. The more practice you have had the more likely you are to recognise the questions in the exam paper.

The syllabus for the Transport Manager CPC covers a large area and the amount of information can be daunting. If you do feel swamped MDR do offer tutor support, revision sessions or one to one sessions to prepare for the final exam.

Visit our CPC Home Study page for further information, or give the team a call on 01162001866