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new exam designed to raise standards of MOT testers

A new qualification for those wanting to become MOT testers and managers is to be introduced in late 2016. The new qualification means that new entrants to the industry will have their professional skills recognised by achieving a nationally approved award, helping to improve the quality of the MOT test.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has worked with the Sector Skills Council for the motor industry (IMI SSC) and the wider MOT industry to develop national occupational standards for people working in the MOT trade.

From later next year anyone wishing to become an MOT tester or manager will have to complete a qualification meeting these standards.

Applicants will be able to nominate themselves to attend a qualifying course, instead of having to be nominated by their parent garage as is currently the case. It is hoped this will help to attract a wider range of applicants to the industry.

Qualifying courses will be accredited by awarding organisations – the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), ABC Awards and City & Guilds.

DVSA Head of MOT Training, Dave Easton, said: “These new qualifications, which will be delivered by a number of different organisations, will help to reassure customers and others in the trade that they are getting the best service possible from a highly trained workforce.”

IMI Chief Executive, Steve Nash, said: “The new qualification for MOT testers is a great opportunity for us to raise technical standards in the motor industry.  With our network of 600 approved training centres IMI is ready to help the motor trade make the most of the new system.”



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