This section provides guidance on the OCR Certificates of Professional Competence for Transport Managers. It should be read in conjunction with the CPC Syllabus, Student and Tutor Guide, the JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations and the OCR Instructions for invigilators.
Centres must verify the identity of all candidates taking CPC examinations and must be satisfied the candidate taking the examination is the person who is entered for it. All candidates must have completed the candidate identity form before sitting a CPC exam.
Once you have made entries, for each candidate:
You must include the place of birth on the candidate identification form as otherwise the EC certificate, which CPC holders must have, cannot be issued.
Once you have made your entries, examination materials (including labels to send examination materials to OCR/the examiner) will be sent to you approximately ten days before the examination.
You must check the question paper packets and examination material carefully as soon as you receive them, and report any issues, e.g. insufficient or damaged packages, immediately to us.
Assessment material is highly confidential and it is the personal responsibility of the Head of Centre to ensure examination material is kept in the approved secure storage and security is maintained at all times.
You must keep a log for recording the receipt and movement of examination material.
Please refer to section 1.3 of the JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations for the required secure storage regulations.
For CPC, the secure room does not need to be 'solely assigned to exams', but the secure storage must meet all other security requirements.
Centres must ensure candidates have or are provided with any equipment required to take the test, as well as for taking all reasonable steps to prevent candidates from having access to any unauthorised equipment or resources.
Candidates should only have access to items specified on the front page of the test paper, and must not have access to anything that could compromise the integrity of the test:
Candidates may take any printed or handwritten notes or books of their choice in to the examination. However, candidates must not share or exchange any materials during the examination. Candidates must not take into any examination notes or texts in any electronic format, or any electronic device (including iPads, e-readers, smart or mobile phones or laptops). Candidates may use a battery-operated non-programmable calculator.
Candidates are not permitted to take any written material in to the examination. Candidates may use a battery-operated non-programmable calculator.
Candidates must be prepared and examinations must be conducted according to the JCQ Instructions for conducting examinations and the OCR Instructions for invigilators.
Where these documents provide conflicting instructions, you must follow the CPC-specific regulations:
Regulations specific to CPC are:
Invigilators must understand the regulations, including what equipment is allowed in each examination and ensure candidates only take permitted items into the examination room.
Invigilators must visually check the candidate’s identity against the candidate identity form you have on file every time they sit an examination.
All examination material must be returned either on the day of the exam or the next working day after the exam. It must be held in the centre’s approved secure storage until it is returned.
Responsibility for the examination material remains with the centre until it is received by OCR.
Using the envelopes and address labels provided, you should send the following by a trackable method: