The Institute of the Motor Industry has launched a new route for technicians wanting to start MOT testing.
A new ATA module has been launched to act as a pre-requisite to VOSAâ€™s MOT tester training course.
The module, titled â€œLight Vehicle Inspectionâ€ assess technicians in are was like brake checks, suspension and electrical system inspections and diagnosing faults.
The module has become an approved entry route to VOSAâ€™s own MOT training course, alongside relevant level 3 automotive qualifications including the ATAâ€™s Diagnostic Technician route and the Nominated Tester Training Assessment examination.
The IMI says this announcement follows months of working closely with VOSA and trialing the scheme with a number of training centres.
Currently the ATA Light Vehicle Inspection route can be taken at five training centres across the UK, with more soon to be added. These training centres are:
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Kingsway Consulting Ltd â€“ Scunthorpe, South Humberside DN17 1AJ
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Premier MOT – 13 Eldon Way, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4AD
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â S&B Automotive Academy â€“ Princess Street, Bristol BS3 4AG
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The Manchester College – Ashton Old Road, Openshaw, Manchester M11 2WH
â€¢Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â ATS Euromaster Ltd â€“ Vantage Point, 20 Upper Portland St, Aston, Birmingham B6 5TW
(training and assessments only available to ATS Euromaster employees at this centre)
Head of the IMIâ€™s Accreditation Academy Steve Scofield said: â€œWe are pleased to offer this new route to entry for VOSAâ€™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 IMIâ€™s Professional Register.â€
Alastair Peoples, VOSA Chief Executive said: â€œVOSA supports all initiatives that improve the standard of MOT testing. The new ATA solution provides a further significant building block to achieving nominated status and allows individuals to demonstrate current competency and understanding of new technology.â€