As with most careers, achieving the next level of success takes hard work, commitment and patience. In addition to experience, moving up the ladder usually involves continued learning through education or training. If you work in the haulage and logistics service industry, earning the Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management Qualification will be a valuable asset to your growth, providing you with the knowledge and experience needed to take your career to the next level. |
What Is the Qualification?
The Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management Qualification is designed for all levels of fleet management professionals. Whether you are in a supervisory or first line management role looking to progress in the logistics service industry, or a fleet manager with years of experience but no formal qualifications, the programme will help you move ahead in fleet management.
How Is It Achieved?
The Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management Qualification is offered by the Freight Transport Association. To earn the Level 3 Certificate, you must complete a mandatory Managing Performance in Fleet Transport Operations course. This must then be followed by one of two courses in the Managing Operations unit and one of three courses in the Managing Fleet section. To complete the Level 3 Diploma, you must also successfully finish an additional section on Managing Sector Operations.
The qualification is designed to be taken at your own pace but most people finish the Level 3 Certificate in about six months, while the Level 3 Diploma takes about a year to complete. Depending on the learning plan you set for yourself, you could fast track the courses to be finished in less time and earn the qualification earlier.
How Does It Advance a Career?
Anyone in the haulage and logistics service industry knows that fleet transport managers must be multi-skilled in many different areas to be successful in their jobs. The Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management Qualification programme will help you move forward in your profession by providing a broader understanding of the industry, covering the latest transport regulations, teaching effective communications skills and demonstrating how to negotiate contracts more effectively.
If you are a more experienced fleet manager, the programme will teach you more advanced management skills and techniques to help you motivate teams to work more effectively, as well as explain the ins and outs of fleet operation compliance standards.
After earning the qualification you will no doubt gain credibility with company executives and peers which could lead to an increase in responsibilities and wages over time. All this, plus knowing the qualification is industry-recognised, will provide an education and training consistency that will be helpful in the event of a move from one logistic service employer to another.
Employers are often happy to support higher education goals amongst their staff, as the Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management Qualification provides fleet managers with the industry standard qualifications and competency standards - set by the Office of the Traffic Commissioner - to effectively manage the operation of their commercial vehicles. They will be pleased the training you are receiving represents the highest standards in the haulage and logistics service industry.
Making the decision to further your education can be difficult, especially with the demands on your time and expenses. However, in addition to the obvious benefits of increased knowledge and experience, you have the personal satisfaction of achieving a career goal while doing your part to set the stage for future success.
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides a logistics service for matching delivery work with available vehicles. Over 4,000 transport exchange businesses are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.
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