MOT Testing

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Qualification type: Award
Level: Level 2
Awarding body C&G
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date Various; 2 evenings per week
Duration 10 weeks
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Short course

Course overview

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is changing the way MOT training is carried out as part of its on going aim to modernise the MOT scheme. Anyone who wants to become a MOT Tester will need to achieve a qualification to apply for their licence and then complete annual training thereafter.

Darlington College are currently able to offer the City and Guilds Level 2 award qualification, the first stage to allow technicians to MOT class 4 and class 7 vehicles. We can also assist with class 4 and class 7 annual CPD (Continuous Professional Development) which every tester now has to complete (Annual training) .

To become an MOT tester you need to meet the following criteria -

  • Have a current and full UK driving licence for the vehicle classes you want to test
  • Be a skilled mechanic with at least 4 years’ full-time employment servicing and repairing the types of vehicles you’re going to test
  • Have no unspent convictions for criminal offences connected with MOT testing or the motor trade, or involving acts of violence or intimidation
  • Be ‘of good repute’ - the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will decide this to make sure you’re suitable to be an MOT tester
  • Have a Level 3 qualification in vehicle maintenance and repair (This will be checked against a list of relevant qualifications, of which there are many so please do enquire.)

Please note that depending on your level of experience this course will take between 3 and 10 weeks to complete.

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Studying and learning

Depending on your level of experience this course will take between 3 and 10 weeks to complete.

How will I be assessed

The course involves completing a simulated MOT test in the college and this is assessed and graded pass or fail. You will also need to pass a multiple choice exam to show that you have the ability to use the MOT tester manual to determine if faults would allow a pass, advise or fail during an MOT.

What next

Once you have completed the qualification you will need to pass a further practical assessment with a DVSA official, normally at your place of work.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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