10 new members per day for ATA technician scheme

ATA accredited technicians have proven their abilities

The ATA scheme now boasts 20k accredited technicians

The Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme has announced its 20,000th accredited technician, news which it hopes will help boost consumer confidence.

Badly repaired cars are a leading cause of traffic accidents, according to the IMI, which administers the ATA scheme.

The organisation cites survey results that suggests that over 80% of the population does not know how to tell a good technician from a bad one.

Sarah Sillars OBE, the IMI’s executive chair,  said: “The ATA scheme only started five years ago.

“To reach 20,000 accredited technicians in such a short amount of time – a rate of ten new members a day – is an incredible achievement.”

The ATA scheme is voluntary, allowing technicians to prove their skills and ensure they work to relevant codes of conduct.

Kwik-Fit technician Doug Creed, based in Bromley, Kent, was the 20,000th person to be approved.

“The accreditation is great because it means I’m always up to speed with changes in this fast-moving industry,” he said.

Technicians interested in accreditation can find information on the ATA website.

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