Three training providers are preparing to pilot a new DVSA qualification for all MOT managers and testers from April 2016, as part of a three-phased approach involving around 500 people.
The current DVSA MOT tester scheme will soon be replaced by a new system that will ensure all testers are trained and equipped with the necessary skills to complete a vehicle’s annual MOT.
The IMI, training suppliers ABC Awards and City & Guilds will all assist as the pilot scheme is trialled in three phases.
From April, pilot volunteers who already offer in-house training to their staff will add the MOT tester and manager qualifications to their portfolio of courses.
Phases two and three, taking place throughout May and June 2016, will see a larger focus on training providers along with the remaining volunteers who will begin a provision of a paid for qualification.
The IMI, ABC Awards and City & Guilds will be delivering this new qualification for MOT managers and testers, along with a continuing personal development (CPD) process.
The purpose of the pilot is to ensure that the training providers are familiar with the course materials, as well as the general principles of the MOT test, so that their work meets DVSA requirements.
DVSA head of education, Dave Easton, said: "We're very excited about this pilot, as it represents a significant step-change in the way MOT managers and testers are trained.
“We believe that the step changes we've introduced with each tranche of training providers will allow us to perfect the overall delivery of new qualifications that will professionalise the roles of MOT managers and testers forever."
IMI CEO Steve Nash said: “With over 600 Approved Centres IMI is equipped to help the motor trade make the most of this new scheme. IMI is committed to giving car owners the confidence that the vehicle technician carrying out their annual MOT has the right qualifications and training.”
All new MOT testers and managers will have to hold the new DVSA qualification before they can provide a testing service, if the pilot scheme is deemed a success.