After working closely with the industry and VOSA, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) recently launched a level 3 Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) route in Light Vehicle Inspection.
Meeting VOSA’s ‘technical competence’ criteria, this new ATA route provides an extended opportunity for individuals looking to take the VOSA MOT tester training course. Designed for technicians who inspect, maintain and repair light vehicles, the accreditation is now an approved entry route alongside relevant level 3 automotive qualifications, ATA Diagnostic Technician route and the Nominated Tester Training Assessment examination.
To achieve the ATA in Light Vehicle Inspection, technicians are assessed in areas including their ability to check vehicle brake, suspension and electrical systems and diagnose faults using logical methods.
Steve Schofield, Head of the IMI’s Accreditation Academy said: “We are pleased to offer this new route to entry for VOSA’s MOT tester training course. For individuals to gain ATA Light Vehicle Inspection approved status, they will have been assessed against robust industry standards and demonstrated competency. The IMI develop routes such as these to provide technicians with status, employability and ultimately recognition through the IMI’s Professional Register.”
Like other ATA routes, The Light Vehicle Inspection accreditation gives individuals and employers a recognised development path, allowing technicians to be recognised for skills and knowledge in their specific sub-sector. As the technician’s competencies have been assessed against robust industry standards, consumers gain extra confidence in the quality of service and work undertaken.
Five ATA assessment centres, who were involved in the pilot, are currently approved to offer ATA Light Vehicle Inspection route:
- Kingsway Consulting Ltd – Scunthorpe, South Humberside DN17 1AJ
- Premier MOT – 13 Eldon Way, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4AD
- S&B Automotive Academy – Princess Street, Bristol BS3 4AG
- The Manchester College – Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, Manchester M11 2WH
- ATS Euromaster Ltd – Vantage Point, 20 Upper Portland St, Aston, Birmingham B6 5TW
(training and assessments only available to ATS Euromaster employees at this centre)
Further assessment centres will become available throughout the UK for technicians to undertake training and assessment for this new ATA route.
For more information: www.motor.org.uk