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IRTEC Heavy Vehicle Trailer

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 assessment is flexible and can be booked at a time to suit you. It will take 3 hours to complete.

This practical assessment will be undertaken at your premises, within your workshop, using a suitable vehicle.

All customer locations, where the assessment takes place, must comply fully with health and safety regulations.

What will I study?

During the course, you will complete:

  • Inspection Technician - Heavy Vehicle Trailer
  • Practical Assessment
  • Underpinning Knowledge Tests
  • 25 questions - Technical
  • 15 questions - Legislative

How is it assessed?

You will be required to:

  • Demonstrate the correct inspection methods and use the appropriate equipment and information when making judgements on the serviceability of vehicle systems and components.
  • Work in a logical sequence when conducting a vehicle/trailer inspection
  • Correctly assess the security, serviceability and operation of vehicle systems/components
  • Correctly identify non-compliance against statutory and vehicle manufacturers specification
  • Correctly complete the relevant inspection records
  • Correctly use vehicle manufacturers/legal information to support inspection activities
  • Correctly apply pass/fail criteria and identify reason for failure where applicable
  • Make suitable recommendations for future action based upon the results of tests and inspections
  • Follow health and safety guidelines
  • Work within given time constraints
  • Show knowledge of the tools and equipment used in the inspection of Trailers
  • Show approved vehicle inspection techniques and methods
  • Carry out vehicle inspection routines
  • Show understanding of categorisation of defects
  • Legislative framework including OCRS (Operator Compliance Risk System)
  • Health and safety compliance

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 £330 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 on to further IRTEC levels.

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

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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