Monday, April 25, 2016

Road Haulage Professionals Get New Route to Transport Management Certification

Freight Transport Association Launches City and Guilds Approved Courses
Shipping News Feature
UK – For those of us who gained Transport Management Certificate of Professional Competence status back when dinosaurs walked the earth, the changes in both attitude toward, and qualifications for, the position of Transport Manager have been profound. Road Haulage companies are moving rapidly into a more professional industry where everyday performance is monitored and audited at every level.

We have covered previously the fact that the new London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), due in by 2020, will only tolerate HGVs registered after September of this year (2016) and that typifies the attempts by the various authorities to drag the industry into the modern era. Now, particularly for those who do not currently have a Transport Management CPC but wish to pursue a career in the sector, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has introduced new qualifications for fleet managers with the aim of professionalising the industry and creating a clear career path for the role.

The Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management Qualifications (FMQs) are the first national vocational qualifications in the sector created in partnership with industry to equip current and future commercial vehicle fleet managers with essential skills in people management, vehicle procurement and fleet maintenance. The FTA has also worked in conjunction with City and Guilds to establish a new Transport Manager CPC qualification with a set of courses registered with the Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). They are available to all training providers meeting FTA/City & Guilds approval criteria. Speaking at the launch at FTA’s new Tunbridge Wells training facility, FTA Head of Training Keith Gray said:

“We are delighted to be able to offer qualifications that provide a structured career path for logistics professionals. In terms of professional development, the CPC has often been the destination for Transport Managers. Now, with the introduction of FMQ, there is a development pathway along which CPC is an important milestone. Our aim is to create a portfolio of qualifications that give those working in the industry nationally-recognised, transferrable skills.”