31 October 2016

ABC Awards and Paragon Skills have run a successful pilot testing the new Vehicle Technician Accredited Assessment (VTAA), which will recognise knowledge and skills at Level 3 for motor vehicle technicians without a formal qualification.

The pilot took place at one of Paragon Skills’ motor vehicle training sites in Bournemouth and is part of a two-part trial to ensure the VTAA is ready for its launch next month.

The accredited assessment has been developed in order to provide an alternative route to MOT testing status for technicians who have not had the opportunity to complete a formal Level 3 qualification in motor vehicle studies.

If technicians have at least four years full-time experience working in the industry and pass the VTAA, they will be able to progress on to the Level 2 Award in MOT Testing which enables them to achieve their DVSA Certificate of Competence to conduct MOT tests.

The development of the VTAA follows changes to the DVSA’s MOT testing regulations which were introduced earlier this year. There are now formal MOT testing qualifications which technicians need to achieve in order to be DVSA authorised to conduct MOT tests for specific vehicle classes.

It is a prerequisite of the Level 2 Award in MOT Testing that technicians have at least four years’ experience and have completed either a Level 3 qualification in motor vehicle studies or an equivalent, such as the new VTAA.

Without an MOT testing qualification and subsequent DVSA Certificate of Competence, technicians are not able to conduct authorised MOT tests.

Paragon Skills was impressed by the new accreditation and is looking forward to delivering the VTAA across their sites once it has been launched next month.

The pilot involved a full run-through of the requirements of completing the VTAA, which include a series of practical tasks based on the Motor Vehicle Level 3 National Occupational Standards and an online knowledge assessment.

Glenn Cutter, Engineering and Automotive Campus Manager at Paragon, said:

“This is a great accredited assessment and can be completed in one day, which opens up a real alternative route to technicians to become an MOT tester.

“It could also be used as a skills assessment for staff too, either to ensure they are up-to-date or to test new employees on their knowledge and skills.”

Following a second trial with Premier MOT Training next week, the accreditation will be finalised and made available for centres later in November.

If you would like to be one of the first to offer the VTAA as part of your motor vehicle offer, get in touch today by calling 0115 854 1398 or email mot@abcawards.co.uk.

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