New qualification for MOT testers

A new qualification for MOT managers and testers is being piloted by automotive awards body IMI from April this year.

The programme will involve around 500 volunteers who already train their staff on-site. They will trial the new MOT manager and tester qualifications in three phases over the course of this year.

Having skilled and qualified staff is obviously a key part of your business. But don’t overlook the other administration details, such as ensuring you have the right level of road risks insurance as part of your motor trade insurance policy.

The DVSA is replacing its MOT tester scheme with a new one to ensure the best standards among MOT managers and testers.

The IMI pilot programme will take place across all of the organisation’s approved centres. It will focus on getting trainers up to speed with the new training materials and making sure both testers and managers meet the demands of the new DVSA standards.

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."

If the pilot is successful, anyone who provides an MOT testing service will be required to have the new DVSA qualification. IMI said it would give car owners confidence in the abilities of the person carrying out the MOT on their vehicle.

CEO Steve Nash told AM-Online: “With over 600 Approved Centres 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.”