23 October 2015

ABC Awards is developing a new MOT Tester qualification which will change the way learners achieve Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) MOT Tester status.

Under the current system, a learner wanting to achieve MOT tester status needs to be nominated by their employer to attend DVSA training days. Currently, 4,500 learners attend training days every year and 60,000 learners undertake refresher training (over a five-year period).

The new system enables colleges, training providers and companies with in-house Motor Vehicle training facilities to deliver a new qualification to their learners. It also gives providers the opportunity for Centres to devise continuous professional development courses based on the DVSA syllabus and provide the environment for the yearly online test. Employer nomination, prior to employment, will no longer be required, potentially expanding the market for the new qualification.

The new qualification will be a required component to gain a Certificate of Competence from DVSA to become an MOT Tester.  The criteria for this will be the same as before: a Level 3 Motor Vehicle qualification, a clean criminal record related to vehicles, a clean driving licence and 4 years’ employment. It will offer pathways for vehicles in classes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.

Once the new qualification has been finalised, all learners will need the new qualification to carry out MOT testing. MOT Test Centre Managers could also achieve a Centre Manager qualification to support them in carrying out training and assessment.

If you are interested in being kept up-to-date with the developments of the pilot scheme, please contact Sean Duffy by phoning 0115 854 1627 or emailing seand@abcawards.co.uk.