IRTEC Light Commercial Vehicle

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

IRTEC is recognition of an individual's current competence, and their commitment to an ethical code of conduct in the commercial vehicle, trailer and passenger carrying vehicle industries. Technicians who take IRTEC assessments are tested on their theoretical and practical skills and, if successful, are awarded an IRTEC licence.

An IRTEC licence certifies the individual rather than the employer and as IRTEC is based on current competence, licences expire after five years.

The accreditation provides a national benchmark of skill which may be used to identify training needs and also in the recruitment of technicians. IRTEC can be used by individuals and employers as a recognised development path to allow technicians to further their skills and knowledge in the subsector in which they operate.

Employers can be confident that technicians are fairly but rigorously assessed through the Quality Assurance of a nationally recognised Awarding Organisation, thus providing consistency of the assessment process.

IRTEC is delivered by a partnership that includes IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers), The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and IMI Awards.

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

The course has various start dates though the year. The assessment takes 3 hours.

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

What will I study?

During the course you will demonstrate:

  • Vehicle knowledge and vehicle inspection techniques
  • Methodical workshop procedure when carrying out an inspection on a Light Commercial Vehicle
  • Competence in recording inspection activity and vehicle defects
  • Competence in accessing information from the current HGV Inspection Manual
  • An understanding of the legislative aspects with regards to completing Inspection Sheets

How is it assessed?

You will be required to:

  • Carry out a vehicle inspection as detailed in the inspection checklist and report any vehicle defects found.
  • Check the operation of all relevant systems/components in line with the requirements of the current HGV Inspection Manual.
  • Show clear understanding of which vehicle components and systems are being inspected
  • Show understanding of the methods and techniques used to inspect components, as well as what systems are used
  • Understand what legal/manufacturers criterion applies to the components and systems (e.g. minimum standards and requirements)
  • Give judgement on whether vehicles would pass or fail the test

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You must be able to work unsupervised, and ideally, should be in full time employment with at least three years' experience to ensure you are familiar with the skills, knowledge and techniques associated with vehicle inspection.

What are the course fees?

The fee is £300 per candidate. 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?

After successful completion of the course you will be able to progress onto further IRTEC levels.

This course will help further your career in the automotive industry.

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