17 December 2015

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is working with the sector skills council for the motor industry and the wider MOT industry to develop national occupational standards for people working in the MOT trade.

Managers and MOT testers can now have their professional skills recognised by achieving nationally approved qualifications.

MOT testers currently complete two-day refresher training every five years. Under the new scheme, MOT testers will have to complete at least three hours of refresher training every year to maintain their professional status.

Currently there are three awarding organisations, including ABC Awards, involved in organising the delivery of the new MOT training.

Dave Easton DVSA Head of MOT Training said:

“I am pleased that following our successful collaborative working with the Sector Skills Council for the motor industry we can now officially acknowledge the professional role of MOT managers and testers. It is important to me that people working in the trade should to be recognised for the vital work they do everyday.

"These new qualifications, which will be delivered by a number of different organisations, will help to reassure customers and others in the trade that they are getting the best service possible from a highly trained workforce.”

Paul Eeles, Chief Executive of ABC Awards:

“ABC Awards is delighted to be at the forefront of the professionalisation of the MOT industry. We are working closely with employers, training organisations and colleges in order to create opportunities for both creative delivery and wider access.”

To find out more about ABC Awards' involvement in developing the qualification, please click here.