New qualifications for fleet managers have been launched by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) with the target of “professionalising” the industry and defining a structured career path for the role.
The Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management Qualifications (FMQs) will provide fleet management professionals with a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) framework and are the first national vocational qualifications in the sector created in partnership with industry to deliver the necessary skills in people management, vehicle procurement and fleet maintenance.
The qualification would be suited to people looking to advance in the logistics industry and for existing fleet managers with no formal qualification.
The qualifications would also provide employers with the nationally recognised qualifications with the ability to identify the competencies and abilities of fleet managers when recruiting and training staff.
The FTA has also worked in collaboration with City and Guilds to establish a new Transport Manager CPC qualification.
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.”
The qualifications have been created with City & Guilds and are registered with the Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.