29 April 2016

Across the country a select number of Centres are beginning preparations to pilot the brand new ABC Awards MOT qualifications.  The Award in MOT Testing has been developed by ABC Awards along with the DVSA and now, in its final stages, our pilot Centres are ready to begin teaching the qualification to a small group of learners.

The pilots are taking place at a range of ABC Awards Centres, including Wakefield College, AXLR8, MIT Skills, Solihull College and Coleg Sir Gar. The Ofqual regulated qualifications will be available to a wide range of organisations, including further education colleges, training providers and local garages who want to train their own MOT testers.

Sean Duffy, Qualification Assessment and Development Manager at ABC Awards, said:

“Nationally-recognised qualifications give the public a sense of confidence. The modernisation of the MOT test will hopefully improve the quality of testers and the overall safety of vehicles on the road.”

The new system will enable colleges, training providers and companies with in-house motor vehicle training facilities to deliver the Award in MOT Testing and the Award in MOT Test Centre Management as well as being able to offer Annual Training to enable MOT testers to complete their Annual Training requirement and Annual Assessment.

John Morrissey, Assistant Curriculum Head at Coleg Sir Gar in Wales and former chairman of the IMI Members Association for West Wales, is thrilled to have the facility chosen as one of nine pilot centres in the UK:

“We are delighted to be included in the pilot training of the new qualifications for MOT testers and MOT test centre managers

“It’s essential that the public have confidence in the motor trade to carry out their annual MOT and working with ABC Awards and DVSA standards, we are very pleased to be part of the training element of this new qualification.”

In the coming weeks we will be following the progress of our tester colleges, monitoring learner response to ensure the process of completing the qualification meets the DVSA’s high standards, any final adjustments will be made before the qualification is finalised in June.

For more information and to register your interest in offering these qualifications please call us on 0115 854 1620, or email centresupport@abcawards.co.uk.