IMI to deliver MOT testing qualification

IMI, the leading awarding organisation for automotive qualifications, will be delivering new qualifications for DVSA MoT testers and MoT managers and continual assessment process across their network of IMI training centres.

The new system will replace the DVSA scheme and will ensure all MoT Testers are trained and equipped with the necessary skills to complete a vehicle’s annual MoT.

This new qualification is derived from the IMI National Occupational Standards (NOS), and IMI are working closely with the DVSA to ensure qualifications and quality training is available to the MOT trade. This new qualification will be delivered by the extensive IMI approved training centre network providing maximum coverage across the UK.

The new qualification will be delivered in a minimum of 24 hours with at least 8 hours practical assessment required. The DVSA have also announced that all MOT Testers are required to carry out a minimum of 16 hours of CPD over a 5 year period, along with a two day MOT Tester Refresher Training session to ensure their knowledge is continually updated.

IMI Chief Executive Steve Nash said, ‘The new qualification for MoT testers is a great opportunity to raise standards in the Motor Industry and for us to demonstrate the professionalism and skill level in the trade to consumers.  The continual assessment part of the new system will bring many more professionals into contact with the IMI and our network of approved training centres which is great news for the future reputation of our industry.’

From September 2016, all new MoT managers must achieve the new MoT manager qualification, which will be derived from the new National Occupational Standards (NOS) for MoT managers. Throughout the ongoing development of this qualification, IMI will work with the MoT trade to ensure the training programme benefits businesses and individuals.