MOT surge on the way

Garages have been encouraged to act now to make sure they’re not caught out by an MOT rush later in the year.

September 2014 saw 425,861 new cars registered, and those still on the road are expected to need a first MOT in September 2017, resulting in a significant business opportunity for garages that have skilled staff and the right facilities at hand.

Bosch’s state of the art training centre, located just outside of London in Uxbridge, provides courses all year round for technicians to learn new skills and gain the qualifications they need to become successful technicians. Prospective MOT Testers can attend a week-long MOT Tester Training course at the centre, which includes theory and practical elements of vehicle testing for those wishing to become accredited testers.

The week also includes time for a practice test, which will include a run through to highlight any knowledge gaps and improve the confidence of the delegate.

All MOT testers in each vehicle class require a programme of MOT annual training known as Continuous Professional Development (CPD), requiring at least three hours per year and a minimum of 16 hours learning over a five-year period, as well as completing and passing an online test each year.

Opened in 2012, the Bosch Service Training Centre has capacity to train 4,500 delegates a year.