From June 2016, following a successful pilot and final ministerial sign off, anyone who wants to become a MOT Tester or an Authorised Examiner/ Designated Manager will need to achieve a qualification to apply for their licence.
The new scheme is now live and if you wish to become an MOT Tester you will need to achieve the new MOT Qualification. The NTT course will no longer be available at the DVSA from June 2016.
When you apply for the MOT Qualification course through Central 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 Central 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.
If you’re interested in gaining your MOT qualification with Central College, get in touch using the form below: