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Level: 2

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 29.00

Start: 18/01/2021

Days / Times: Monday 09:00 to 16:30 and Tuesday 09:00 to 16:30 and Wednesday 09:00 to 16:30 and Thursday 09:00 to 16:30 and Friday 09:00 to 16:30

Tuition (£): 450.00*

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to undertake this qualification in order to be an MOT Tester, a learner must:

  • Have a current and full UK driving licence for the vehicle classes they want to test
  • Be a skilled mechanic with at least four years' full-time employment in the service and involving repair of the vehicle types to be tested. (Apprentices who have been employed for four years are eligible.)
  • Have no unspent convictions for criminal offences connected with the MOT testing scheme or the motor trade, or involving acts of violence or intimidation
  • Be ‘of good repute’

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.)

 

Course Content

The content of this qualification has been designed to reflect the contents of the National Occupational Standards for MOT Testers.
It includes:

  • Working safely within a vehicle test centre
  • Communicating with colleagues and customers
  • How to manage and maintain CPD
  • Carrying out pre-test checks
  • Carrying out an MOT test

 

How will I be assessed?

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

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.

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

Learners must successfully undertake observed practical assessments  which comply with the regulated assessment board.  
 

 

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

 

What can I do after this course?

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.

 

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* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Johnson Building

About the Johnson Building »

Suhayl Bhikha

Suhayl Bhikha

Halfords and Derby College offer career switch from shopfront to Autocentre floor

The UK’s leading retailer of motoring products and services Halfords has teamed up with Derby College so that a talented employee can switch from the retail shop front to the Autocentre shop floor.
 
The move comes as part of a rolling company scheme which gives Halfords’ retail colleagues a chance to change direction and retrain as vehicle mechanics if they want a change in career path.
 
Suhayl Bhikha, 27, decided to apply to become a trainee mechanic and Derby College Group apprentice when he saw an internal email offering a potential new career.
 
He was highly praised in his role as a customer service adviser at Halfords’ Wyvern retail site but decided he wanted a new challenge.
 
Now he is six months into a two-year apprenticeship at the Halfords’ Autocentre based in Wyvern next door to his old job and working towards his Level 2 Autocare qualification at Derby College. He goes into the Johnson Building one day a week for workshop and classroom studies and regularly receives visits and phone calls at work from the college for appraisals and assessments. Throughout, he is mentored and trained on the job by experienced colleagues at Halfords.
 
Dave Nichols, who looks after the day to day running of the Halfords Autocentres’ apprentice programme, started as an apprentice himself 25 years ago in Essex. The company has 313 Autocentres and more than 120 apprentices on its books.
 
Dave said: “We chose Derby College for the qualification it provides, and its expertise and facilities. We had done some work with the college in the past, for part-time employment, and we were impressed by the quality of people who came through. The travelling distance is also good for our apprentices – we work with a lot of colleges across the UK and we want to give the best offer we possibly can for them.
 
“We’ve done a lot of work with our retail arm to give people opportunities to move around in the business and to give the right people the opportunity to move onto an apprenticeship. A lot of people may have been doing really well in retail but the next step was to go into a management role. Some of our colleagues don’t want to do that, it’s not the right pathway for them. This is a very real alternative for progression within the business.”
 
Suhayl said he was learning something new every time he went into college.
 
He said: “It’s good – very interesting. The company and college work well together. There’s a different challenge every day, whereas next door it was pretty much the same thing all the time. I applied for the apprenticeship because Halfords look after you and I wanted a career. I’ll get my qualification and decide from there what’s next for me.”
 
Dave said that Halfords offers its apprentices the opportunity to take Level 3 under its own internal training scheme and this allows them to  become accredited and then to become an MOT Tester. The company is due to take on a new cohort of apprentices in September, with the possibility of a further role coming up at its Derby West Autocentre

It’s good – very interesting. The company and college work well together.

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