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Fifth birthday for technician accreditation scheme

Yesterday marked the fifth anniversary of the launch of the Automotive Technician Accreditation scheme, which now has more than 23,000 registered individuals.

The initiative, developed by the industry and driven by the Institute of the Motor Industry, was launched on June 15 2005 with 500 registered technicians.

ATA proves a technician’s competence, giving reassurance to customers as well as raising the professional status and credibility of skilled individuals and their businesses.

Steve Scofield, head of the Accreditation Academy said: "Back in 2005, the only route offered was that of light vehicle technician, but now increased industry demand for accredited personnel means there are now 11 routes across the sector from air-conditioning to vehicle damage assessor."

ATA fits various standards across the industry including accident repair – PAS125 and as ATA accreditation lasts for five years, the IMI is starting to see the first cycle of re-accreditation.

The IMI is dedicated to making UK motorists aware of ATA as the universal standard of competence to look for within the motor industry and we are working hard to build consumer awareness of ATA registered individuals and those who employ them.

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