New MOT qualification to be piloted

A pilot scheme has been set up for a new system to teach MOT testing qualifications.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has set up the three phase scheme with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to test qualifications that will replace the existing MOT Tester scheme.

From April 2016, pilot volunteers who already offer in-house training to their staff will add the MOT tester and manager qualifications to their course portfolio.

Phases two and three will take place throughout May and June 2016. They will focus on larger training providers, along with remaining volunteers that will begin a provision of a paid for qualification.

IMI will be delivering this new qualification for MOT managers and testers, along with continuing professional development across the network of its approved centres.

Over 500 people are expected to take part in the pilot, which has been set up to ensure that training providers are familiar with the course materials, and the general principles of the MOT test.

This pilot will also make sure the training process meets DVSA requirements in producing well-informed testers who are able to meet the requirements of the qualification. If successful, all new MOT testers and managers will require this qualification before they can provide a testing service.

DVSA head of education Dave Easton said, ‘We’re very excited about this pilot, as it represents a significant step-change in the way MOT managers and testers are trained. We believe that the step changes we’ve introduced with each tranche of training providers will allow us to perfect the overall delivery of new qualifications that will professionalise the roles of MOT managers and testers forever.’

IMI CEO Steve Nash added, ‘IMI is equipped to help the motor trade make the most of this new scheme. IMI is committed to giving car owners the confidence that the vehicle technician carrying out their annual MOT has the right qualifications and training.”