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IMI Accreditation Light Vehicle Inspection Technician

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This controlled assessment is intended for technicians whose job role involves the inspection, maintenance and repair of light vehicles. IMI Accreditation is a practical, non-academic way to demonstrate individual capability, providing independent proof of current competence, knowledge and skills.

The IMI Light Vehicle Inspection route (formerly known as ATA Accreditation) is designed for technicians whose job role involves the inspection, maintenance and repair of light vehicles. If you don't hold a relevant level 3 qualification that is recognised by the DVSA for you to become an MOT tester for class 3, 4, 5 or 7 vehicles; then this accreditation is an alternative.

This is for skilled and experienced technicians who are of a standard to complete the assessment only with no training.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This assessment has various start dates throughout the year and will take one day to complete.

The course takes place at St Helens College, STEM Centre Campus, St Helens, WA9 1TT.

What will I study?

You will focus on all vehicle systems from steering, suspension, wheels and tyres, body, corrosion, vehicle and braking systems.

You will be monitored carrying out assessment on vehicles in our workshop, on the following vehicle systems:

  • Emission System
  • Electrical Systems Inspection
  • Braking Systems Inspection
  • Steering and Suspension System Inspection
  • Vehicle Structure Inspection
  • Vehicle Appraisal Inspection

How is it assessed?

This is a controlled assessment. You will be monitored as you undertake a series of practical assessments, culminating in an invigilated online test.

You need to successfully pass this assessment if you want to become an MOT Tester. You will be awarded with a level 3 vehicle inspection qualification.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You must be able to work unsupervised - ideally, you should be in full-time employment with at least three years' experience to ensure familiarity with the techniques for vehicle servicing, inspection and system(s) diagnosis. This is an ideal route to gain a formal qualification to become an MOT tester.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this assessment is £350. Book your assessment online now and then we will get in touch to agree on a suitable date and time.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This accreditation will certify your ability to use emission-testing equipment for both petrol and diesel vehicles, as well as to accurately analyse the results of these emission tests. Achievement ensures that candidates meet the requirements to take the MOT tester course.

Once an individual has passed all the required practical and knowledge-based modules in a specific route, they will receive formal accreditation and a certificate of achievement which is valid for three years.

You could then progress to go and complete the MOT inspection course and become an MOT tester.

All of our students receive a Halfords trade card.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

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Why study Motor Vehicle with us?

Future Prospects

The majority of our motor vehicle students have successfully progressed into full-time employment.

Automotive Hub

We offer MOTs, car services, body repairs, paintless dent removal and smart repairs to the public.

Employer Links

Strong links with local automotive businesses, helping you to secure work experience and employment.


E-portfolio allows you to submit your work online and receive efficient feedback from tutors.

Earn and Learn

You can progress onto an apprenticeship to earn while you learn.

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