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.
Opening his own garage is a dream come true for former Derby College motor vehicle student Tommy Featherstone.
Tommy, who has been passionate about cars since childhood, completed levels 2 and 3 in motor vehicle maintenance at the Roundhouse a few years ago.
Now 29, he recently opened Tommy’s Motors in Shardlow – his own automotive business selling cars, repairing them and carrying out MOT tests.
Tommy’s love of cars began when, as young boy, he’d spend hours watch his dad fixing them. As he got older, he learned how to do repairs himself, and when he was just 15, his parents gave him £100 to buy a VW Polo to restore.
After leaving school in 2009 with A levels in business and economics, Tommy looked for a Motor Vehicle apprenticeship but struggled to find one due to the recession.
He said: "I had various jobs at garages – not all of them great. That’s when I thought I’d be better off going to college full-time and getting my Motor Vehicle qualifications so I could open my own garage and work for myself. I enrolled at Derby College to take level 2 in Motor Vehicle Maintenance, then moved on to level 3. What I learned at college was really useful. It helped to shape the direction I’ve taken.”
Tommy enjoyed the course and liked the hands-on aspect of working on cars.
He added: “We had the opportunity to work on customers’ cars in the Johnson Building and I was asked to do this a few times so the lecturers must have thought I was fairly competent!
“Also, having level 2 and 3 qualifications helped a lot when I was applying to become a qualified MOT tester.”
I had various jobs at garages – not all of them great. That’s when I thought I’d be better off going to college full-time and getting my Motor Vehicle qualifications so I could open my own garage and work for myself. I enrolled at Derby College to take level 2 in Motor Vehicle Maintenance, then moved on to level 3. What I learned at college was really useful. It helped to shape the direction I’ve taken.