Are you familiar with the responsible person’s FORS professional development requirements?

Are you familiar with the responsible person’s FORS professional development requirements?

To help members stay on top of their management training, FORS has put together the following guidance for Bronze requirement ‘M3 Responsible person’.

Bronze – mandatory FORS professional development requirements

Manager requirements – to satisfy ‘M3 Responsible person’, the appointed ‘responsible person’ is required to have completed training on maintaining continuous and effective management of fleet activities within the past five years, as detailed at Annex 2 of the FORS Standard.

The responsible person is required to be appointed through a job title and named on the organisation chart. The appointed responsible person is an individual with direct accountability for the fleet operation who has continuous and effective control of fleet activities, as detailed below depending on the type of organisation:

  • If your organisation holds a standard national or international operator licence:

The appointed responsible person shall be the named transport manager. If your organisation declares that there is shared responsibility with direct accountability for the fleet operation with a person not named on the operator licence (eg a director), then all persons with shared responsibility in addition to the named transport manager shall be the responsible persons and all shall undertake the relevant training

  • If your organisation holds a restricted operator licence:

The appointed responsible person may be an owner, director, manager, or supervisor depending on the business sector, fleet size and the vehicle type

  • If your organisation runs a non-operator licensed fleet such as vans, minibuses, cars and motorcycles:

The appointed responsible person may be an owner, director, manager, or supervisor depending on the business sector, fleet size and the vehicle type

There are several training options available to meet this requirement depending on fleet type:

  • Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) (if your certification is over five years old, you do not need to repeat this and you can undertake one of the options below instead to cover the next five years)
  • FORS Professional Fleet Management Essentials (HGV and PCV Fleet Management Essentials or Car and Van Fleet Management Essentials)
  • FORS Approved training course on fleet management (ie Operator Licence Awareness Training)

Operator licence awareness courses delivered by professional bodies that are referenced in the Senior Traffic Commissioner Statutory Documents 1 and 3 are automatically FORS Approved: These professional bodies are:

  • British Association of Removers
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
  • Confederation of Passenger Transport
  • Logistics UK
  • Institute of Road Transport Engineers
  • Institute of Transport Administrators
  • Road Haulage Association
  • Society of Operations Engineers

Where indicated at Annex 2, it is also possible to meet the FORS manager requirements by undertaking FORS Approved training. If you are not undertaking training delivered by FORS (promoted through eNews and the main training pages of the website), please make sure that the training provider’s course has either been FORS Approved or that the provider is licensed to deliver FORS Professional training prior to booking your places. You can do so by checking the FORS website here.

For tips on how to stay on top of your training, click here. To view Annex 2 of the FORS Standard, click here.