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The new regulation is changing grandfather rights (or exemptions) to the Operator CPC. While there is still some lack of clarity, historically, corporate membership of certain trade bodies, if obtained by examination, has potentially given its holder a CPC exemption – but this is not necessarily an automatic award and candidates must check with their trade association that their exemption has been issued.
The Department for Transport (DfT) will honour existing exemptions, but will not accept new ones issued after December. The DfT would prefer exemption providers to become awarding bodies for the CPC itself.
Ian Chisholm, acting CEO of the Society of Engineers, says he will be contacting thousands of members in the next two months to see whether they need an exemption certificate before the autumn. “We no longer give exemptions to members automatically and they will need to do an interview and be tested on knowledge. If they do not gain their exemption certificate before December, they will have to take the full qualification.”