Annual MOT Tester Assessments

MOT Tester Training Process

The way MOT testers are trained is changing

The way that MOT training is carried out has been changed by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). There is now an annual training and assessment to replace the 5 year MOT tester course.

It is required to do your MOT training and pass your assessment between 1 April and 31 March each year if you wish to keep your status as a tester. All training and assessments for the current year must be completed by 31 March 2017.

The vehicles that you will be testing are split in to 2 groups.

  • Class 1 and 2 vehicles
  • Class 3,4,5 and 7 vehicles

You will have to carry out the specific training and assessment depending on which class you want to test for. If you wish to test for both classes then there are a different set of rules.

When planning for your MOT training you can refer to a syllabus which is published by the DVSA annually and will explain the topics that will be covered throughout the year.

Class 1 and 2 vehicles (motorcycles) cover:

  • Brakes
  • Lighting and Signalling equipment
  • CPD planning and recording

Class 3,4,5 and 7 vehicles (cars and other vehicles) cover:

  • Headlamp aim
  • Driver view of the road
  • CPD planning and recording

There are different ways in which you may wish to do your training with your MOT management. You can do this as individual training sessions, group training sessions or sessions with an MOT training provider.

With individual training you can study your topics by researching sources for information or use the MOT inspection manual. A good way to help you learn may be to demonstrate to a colleague if possible after you have done the research.

If you prefer group training there are question and answer sessions with other testers. They will demonstrate topics to you and then you can discuss as a group and refer back to your MOT inspection manual which may benefit if your prefer that sort of environment while learning.

It is not required to use a training provider but if you wish to learn in this way it will cost money to use their services. It is up to you which training provider you choose so make sure you research before selecting one. A few organisations to contact in order to find a training provider could be:

  • ABC Awards
  • City and Guilds
  • Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)

An important part of your training is to record everything that you have done  as it is required to show any DVSA staff that visit you the records you have. These records must be kept for up to 5 years. Your record must include:

  • Your name and user identification
  • Date of training
  • The vehicle class you have studied
  • The topics you covered during your sessions
  • The length the training sessions lasted
  • Notes on how you did and what you learned

If you fail to keep any records of your training this may result in disciplinary actions being taken against you and could affect your future testing status.

An annual online MOT test must also be taken during your training year which can be taken at home, with a training provider or in a vehicle testing centre. Failure to take this assessment can also lead to disciplinary actions being taken.

When booking your assessment the organisations to contact are:

  • ABC Awards or call 0115 854 1620
  • City and Guilds or call 0844 543 0033
  • IMI Awards or call 01992 511521

The prices are set by the training providers as you will have to pay in order to take the assessment.

The assessment can last up to 45 minute. You will be asked 30 multiple choice questions that are based on general knowledge of MOT testing, current MOT special notes and the topics you covered in the annual syllabus. During the assessment your are permitted to use your own notes and also the MOT inspection manual.

In order to pass you have to achieve 50% for assessments taken between April 2016 and March 2017. If you fail to achieve these marks you can go back over your training and retake the test. However you have to pay for each test you take.

On passing you will receive a certificate to keep with your training records and this is what you will show to any DVSA staff that visit you. You must also record your result on your MOT testing service profile in the future. The DVSA will contact you though stating when you can start doing this and how to do this process.

If you voluntarily haven’t done any MOT tests for over 6 months then you will have to follow a different process. Before you can take your annual training you have to follow any new training changes that have been made to the MOT test criteria since you last took a test. Then after you have passed your annual assessment you will need to book and then pass an MOT satisfactory demonstration test with an examiner from the DVSA. You can do this by contacting your local DVSA office.

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