This Motor Vehicle Maintenance course is designed specifically for adults who wish to progress in their career and become an MOT Tester.
The course includes a Level 3 accreditation to enable experienced technicians with no formal qualifications to become MOT testers.
Achievement of this qualification enables them to apply to undertake the DVSA final observed assessment in order to achieve their Certificate of Competence (CoC), enabling them to become a Nominated Tester.
The course duration will be five days, plus two days accreditation.
To be eligible to undertake this qualification in order to be an MOT Tester, a learner must:
To become a nominated tester for class 3, 4, 5 or 7 vehicles, they must also have an ‘appropriate’ qualification. (This can be achieved as part of the accreditation on this programme.)
The content of this qualification has been designed to reflect the contents of the National Occupational Standards for MOT Testers.
This qualification is subject to externally set and externally marked assessment in the form of online tests delivered through the IMI online testing platform.
Therefore IMI has developed a bank of questions that will be randomly selected to cover the knowledge requirements of the qualification. This test will consist of 40 questions, to be answered in 75 minutes, and will span the breadth of the content for each of the units.
Learners must successfully undertake observed practical assessments which comply with the regulated assessment board.
Learners will be required to bring their own PPE ie steel toe-capped boots and overalls.
All tooling and specific PPE will be provided at the centre.
This course will enable a learner to inspect vehicles following the government guidelines.
The content of these qualifications has been designed to cover the requirements for all prospective Nominated Testers. It is based on the suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) developed by the IMI in conjunction with DVSA and the MOT industry in 2015.
When vehicle technician Zubair Hussain enrolled on Derby College's motor vehicle course he had no GCSEs just a love of cars and a willingness to learn. He had missed out on sitting his GCSEs at school but was keen to gain qualifications and train for a job that really interested him.
And after achieving levels 1, 2 and 3 over successive years along with maths and English qualifications, Zubair secured a place at the University of Derby. He initially took a foundation degree in Motorsport Engineering before topping it up and graduating 14 months ago with a 2:2 BEng honours degree.
Zubair now works as a vehicle technician at Sam Autos, an independent garage in Normanton, Derby,Now he is qualified, Zubair wants to gain as much experience as he can to take him to the next the stage in his career .Zubair would ultimately like his own garage one day and is grateful to Derby College for putting him on the road to a fulfilling and skilled job with great financial prospects.Zubair enjoys mentoring trainee vehicle technicians and advises students on Derby College's motor vehicle course to "work hard and make the most of a great opportunity."He said:
I couldn't believe it. I'd always thought that uni was for clever people and I'd never thought of myself as clever.
"It was my Derby College lecturer Matt Curtis who encouraged me to go and do a degree. Our lecturers were great – just the best. They really wanted us to succeed.