1 June 2016
ABC Awards is now offering regulated MOT qualifications which have been developed in collaboration with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).
The Level 2 Award in MOT Testing and the Level 3 Award in MOT Test Centre Management have been developed to standardise MOT training and to drive professionalism across the industry.
It is now compulsory for all prospective MOT Testers to complete the Level 2 Award in MOT Testing for their relevant vehicle class. These qualifications replace the previous nomination system for training new MOT Testers, and provide an opportunity for colleges, training providers and MOT Test Centres to deliver the qualifications directly at their in-house facilities.
The qualifications, regulated by Ofqual, provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to perform MOT tests in safe working conditions and information about how to improve customer service.
The Level 3 Award in MOT Test Centre Management has also been developed to recognise the professional achievements of people who become qualified to manage MOT Test Centres. The qualification focuses on legislative and compliance knowledge, with emphasis on improving customer service, supervising staff and understanding quality systems and audits.
The new qualifications will mean that all newly trained MOT Testers and Centre Managers will work to the same high standards across the country.
Paul Eeles, Chief Executive of ABC Awards, said:
“The introduction of new regulated MOT qualifications is a fantastic opportunity to improve professionalism in the motor industry and reward the hard work of the people who work in the sector.
“The Level 2 Award in MOT Testing combines knowledge and practical skills with an emphasis on improving customer service and safe working, which will really drive high standards across the industry and reassure customers that their vehicles are in the hands of experts.
“There is also now an additional opportunity for MOT Centre Managers to gain a Level 3 qualification which gives them well-deserved recognition for the role they play in providing an effective MOT service, as well as providing anyone who works within the MOT industry a new career progression route to consider.”
The DVSA’s changes to MOT training also include a re-focus of refresher training, with all MOT Testers now required to complete three hours of Annual Training and an online Annual Assessment to maintain their testing status.
To support MOT Testers and Test Centres to understand the changes and access relevant resources, ABC Awards has launched a dedicated MOT website. The website allows MOT testers to find out more about Annual Training and complete their Annual Assessment online instantly, and receive an official certificate to show they have passed. There is also key information about the DVSA’s changes and the new qualifications, with a useful FAQs section to help both Centres and Testers understand their responsibilities.
The Annual Assessment is available for all MOT Testers to take from 1 June 2016 and will need to be completed by 31 March 2017 for Testers to maintain their official testing status for this year. Prices start at just £35 for individual MOT testers to complete their Annual Assessment, with flexible packages available for 20 or more testers.
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