S&B Automotive Academy offers new route for technicians seeking MOT tester status
Following an extensive pilot programme, Bristol based training provider, S&B Automotive Academy has begun to offer a new VOSA recognised accreditation route for technicians who want to progress to become MOT testers.
Following an extensive pilot programme, managed by both the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), which governs the ATA scheme and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), S&B is one of five assessment centres currently approved to offer the new Level 3 ATA route in Light Vehicle Inspection.
Meeting VOSA’s ‘technical competence’ criteria, achievement of this new ATA route provides a green light for individuals wishing to take the VOSA MOT Nominated Tester training course.
Designed for technicians who inspect, maintain and repair light vehicles, the accreditation is now an approved entry route alongside existing Level 3 automotive qualifications, including the ATA Diagnostic Technician route and the Nominated Tester Training Assessment examination.
To achieve ATA in Light Vehicle Inspection, technicians are assessed to ensure their competence in the checking of brakes, suspension and electrical systems, as well as being able to diagnose faults. To date, the Academy has carried out a number of successful assessments with two technicians from Monmouth MOT Centre, the first to achieve the new accreditation.
Tom May, S&B’s Business Development Manager, commented:
“As a champion of the ATA scheme to help vehicle technicians improve their careers and benchmark their skills, S&B is delighted to extend its portfolio by offering additional accreditation routes. The Academy’s state-of-the-
Like other ATA routes, the Light Vehicle Inspection accreditation gives individuals and employers a recognised development path, allowing technicians to be recognised for skills and knowledge in their specific discipline. As the technician’s competencies have been assessed against robust industry standards, consumers gain extra confidence in the quality of service and work undertaken.