The National Logistics Academy

Road Haulage CPC

Road Haulage CPC is for transport managers to demonstrate their professional competence in order to gain an ‘O’ Licence.

This programme is available as a distance learning course.

Applicants for a Goods Vehicle Operator’s Licence must show that they are ‘professionally competent’ or that they employ a transport manager who meets the requirements. Persons will be considered ‘professionally competent’ by passing the examination for the Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) conducted on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT).

The National Logistics Academy Road Haulage CPC course has been specially developed to give learners the knowledge and support to pass the examinations and achieve the CILT (UK) qualification.

Learners will develop their knowledge of road haulage laws, finance, and road safety, helping to ensure a safe practice.

Employers will be complying with the Goods Vehicle Operators’ Regulations 1997, as well as improving the professionalism and performance of their business.

Virtual learning:

This programme can be completed virtually. Learning sessions can be accessed through our virtual classrooms, where collaborative tasks can still be completed as if you're in the same room as other learners! The benefits of distance learning mean you can study at your pace, under the guidance of our tutors who will provide all relevant learning materials and guide you through the online resources.

Key features:

ALL learning sessions are delivered with the aid of course-specific learning materials, with an integrated question and answer opportunities for learners, and the use of illustrative examples.

Learners get a comprehensive study pack to refer to before, during, and after the course.

Qualification structure:

RH-M1 Managing Business Operations

  • Business and Company Law
  • Commercial Management
  • Financial Management and Business Taxation
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources and Industrial Relations
  • Workplace Health and Safety

RH-M2 Managing Drivers

  • Driver Licensing
  • Drivers Hours and Records

RH-M3 Managing Compliance and Risk

  1. Operator Licensing
  2. Traffic Accident Procedures
  3. Insurance and CMR
  4. Planned Preventative Maintenance
  5. Plating and Testing
  6. Weights and Dimensions
  7. Safe Loading and Transit
  8. Traffic Regulations and Speed Limits

RH-M4 Managing Transport Operations

  • Contracts and Conditions of Carriage
  • Electronic Data
  • Vehicle Selection
  • Vehicle Costings
  • Vehicle Taxation
  • Permits and Methods of Operating
  • Incoterms
  • Frontier Crossings
  • Customs Transit Systems
  • Transport Documentation


Both examinations are Open-book written examinations.

Examinations are currently being completed virtually.

Paper 1 - Knowledge Test - Multi Format Response

Paper 1 is a closed book assessment, meaning no supporting resource is admissible during the assessment. The objective is to test basic recall of core knowledge across all elements of the syllabus.

The approximate weighting of the areas tested in this assessment for each module are:

  • RH-M1 Managing Business Operations 16%
  • RH-M2 Managing Drivers 28%
  • RH-M3 Managing Compliance and Risk 28%
  • RH-M4 Managing Transport Operations 28%

 The pass mark for this assessment is 70%. 

The assessment will last for 2 hours. 

Paper 2 - Knowledge Application in the Workplace – Case Study Assessment

Paper 2 is open book. Only learning material supplied by a learners’ CILT(UK) Accredited Learning Partner is admissible in the test. Questions relate to case studies which are pre published in this syllabus. More detailed contextual and quantifiable elements in the form of scenarios are given in each assessment for further context to the case study relative to the specific elements being assessed. 

The case studies are published to ensure the breadth of situations and organisational responsibilities a Transport Manager may encounter through their career are covered in the learning. 

There are three case study questions each primarily focusing on the specific modules listed below relating to the featured case study.

  • Question 1 – RH-M2 Managing Drivers
  • Question 2 – RH-M3 Managing Compliance and Risk
  • Question 3 – RH-M4 Managing Transport Operations

Each question is split into several elements that will require an answer identifying key factors giving examples or further context as guided by the question text.

A total of 20 marks are available for each case study question. All information to assist in answering the question will be detailed in the case study and supplementary information within the question. The candidate will be expected to use the learning gained through their study to apply the core knowledge to a workplace scenario.

The pass mark for this assessment is 50%.

The assessment will last for 2 hours and 15 minutes.

This is a minimum of 30 marks from 60. Learners must attempt all case study questions to ensure competence across the required elements of the syllabus. 

Dates and locations:

Various locations around the UK

A paper/digital exam held ten times a year in February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October, November and December