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MOT qualifications

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Anyone wanting to become an MOT Tester or an Authorised Examiner/ Designated Manager, now need to achieve a qualification to apply for their licence.

MOT Tester certificate

When you apply for the MOT Qualification course through Nottingham College, you will need to show that you meet the qualifying criteria to become a Tester (as before), which includes:

  • hold a current and full UK Driving Licence for the class of vehicle you wish to test
  • have no unspent convictions for criminal offences connected with the MOT testing scheme or the motor trade, or involving acts of violence or intimidation
  • be a skilled mechanic with at least 4 years full-time employment in the service and repair of the vehicle types to be tested. (Apprentices who have been employed for 4 years are eligible.)
  • be ‘of good repute’
  • to become a nominated tester (NT) for class 3, 4, 5 or 7 vehicles, they must also have an ‘appropriate’ qualification.

To become an MOT Tester, you will then need to achieve the MOT Qualification (which will be a minimum of 24 hours with at least 8 hours practical) for each vehicle class that you want to test.

You will then need to complete a VT8 (Demonstration Test), which will be observed by DVSA. This can now be achieved at your Vehicle Testing Station or at a training provider centre such as Nottingham College.

Once you have achieved both the MOT Qualification and the VT8, you will then be able to carry out MOTs at a Vehicle Testing Station.

Note: All existing MOT Testers will be exempt from the new qualification, unless they are subject to a disciplinary request from DVSA when they may need to achieve the MOT Tester Qualification as part of the necessary actions to reinstate their MOT Tester status.

MOT Manager's course

This qualification is primarily developed for those individuals who wish to run an MOT Vehicle Test Station (VTS), or who will have direct responsibility for MOT operations at the VTS in the future.

As part of the changes to the MOT Scheme, this will be introduced to replace the previous MOT Manager’s Course, which will no longer be offered by DVSA.

The MOT Scheme specifies mandatory roles, including Nominated Tester (NT), Quality Control (QC) and Site Manager (SM).

The content of this qualification has been designed to reflect the contents of the National Occupational Standards for MOT Managers. This 2 day course covers:

  • Managing the legislative and compliance requirements of a VTS
  • Dealing with customer service problems and complaints
  • Developing and supervising staff within a test centre
  • test centre quality systems and audits

Authorised examiners (AE) are, by law, fully responsible for ensuring that MOT Testing at their Vehicle Testing Station (VTS) is carried out to the required standard and in the manner instructed by DVSA. The DVSA site assessor will look for evidence that the VTS is well managed, maintained and operated and will risk score accordingly.

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