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.
Former Derby College motor vehicle student Sukjevan Dhindsa intends to go as far as he possibly can in his career as a motor technician. Sukjevan – or Jeeves as he is better known to his friends – is aiming to become a Master Technician after being taken on as an apprentice with VW Parkway in Derby. Jeeves who is 17 and from Sinfin, was offered the apprenticeship while on work placement as part of his full-time Motor Vehicle course with Derby College.
He joined VW Parkway in August and will shortly be embarking on VW's own apprenticeship training scheme at Milton Keynes. Once qualified Jeeves would like to work towards every certificate on offer via VW until he becomes a Master Technician. It is the highest level attainable and a qualification which demonstrates diagnostics expertise in areas which include electrical systems, engine performance, heating and air conditioning and engine repair.
Jeeves is settling in well in his new role and is enjoying learning new things every day. He particularly likes working with engines and diagnostics and has found the experienced technicians at the dealership to be approachable and helpful. Jeeves loved his time at Derby College and was impressed by both the theoretical and practical teaching he received there. He said:
I would definitely recommend my college course. My message to potential students would be to go along to the induction days and enrolment days and find out all you can about the course that interests you. I wouldn't be where I am now without Derby College.