Update on the IMI’s work in progress
The IMI have worked with the industry to provide a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) route to body sector, British Standard compliance. This is in respect of BS10125 in its new, revised version. The following points are derived from the requirements set out in BS10125, in support of Annex A and from direct working with body sector representatives:
- CPD enables individuals to maintain their knowledge and skills for repair task areas as detailed in BS10125, by completing and passing relevant and approved CPD within 3 years of achieving the initial recognition, to retain recognition against BS10125. All CPD must be approved by an Awarding Organisation, in line with the requirements set out in BS10125.
- CPD will be delivered in various ways, such as, but not limited to: face to face training, virtual classrooms and eLearning. The delivery method must be in a format that enables the most effective assessment to take place for the given knowledge or competence-based repair task, detailed within BS10125.
- Knowledge assessments will be a Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) test. MCQ’s will consist of a stem/question followed by four possible answers. One answer should be the correct choice plus three distractors.
- It is recognised that if delivering more than one ‘C’ unit together that rules of combination may apply. This means a reduced number of learning hours can be applied where there are similarities in learning content. This means that the overall number of knowledge questions required as shown in each ‘C’ unit may also reduce where crossover applies.
- Practical skills assessments will be observed skills repair tasks and observed by competent assessors.
- Assessments will be internally and externally quality assured by the provider of the assessment(s) and the relevant Awarding Organisation.
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CPD Framework FAQ for Bodyshops and individuals, approved training centres and major changes to the BS10125 standard
Is CPD mandatory?
No, it is an option to retain current competence. People and bodyshops can choose which is best approach for them to retain current competence
- Complete the recognised CPD for their role before their existing recognition/certification expires
- Complete an appropriate skills assessment (IMI Accredited Assessment)
- Complete an appropriate qualification
- Complete an apprenticeship
Is CPD available for everybody?
No. It is for those who need or want to continue to prove competence after the first qualification, apprenticeship, or skills assessment achievement to remain BS10125 compliant
What is the CPD framework for?
It is to enable employers working to BS10125 revised standards to access a cost effective and flexible approach to keeping skilled staff currently competent and compliant in addition to the existing apprenticeship, qualification and skills assessments already accepted to recognise competence.
Who develops the CPD Framework?
The IMI Accident Repair & Glazing Sector Advisory Group and where needed specialist expert technical working groups
Who are the IMI Accident Repair & Glazing Sector Advisory Group?
A group of sector/industry stakeholders who have voluntarily agreed to support the sector on skills and skills recognition solutions. The group includes, relevant trade associations, bodyshop employers, glazing sector employers, sector training providers, OEM representatives, awarding organisations, standards setting and auditing bodies.
How often will the CPD framework be reviewed and by who?
The CPD framework will be reviewed annually to ensure the content remains up to date and relevant, any updates being agreed by the IMI Accident Repair & Glazing Sector Advisory Group and Technical Working Group in line with sector requirements and/or changes to the BS10125 Standard
How to get a copy of CPD framework document?
A free copy can be downloaded from the IMI website here
Does the CPD have to be approved by an Awarding Organisation?
CPD must be approved by an Awarding Organisation, if all makes of vehicle are to be repaired in line with the requirements set out in BS10125
Can my Manufacturer certificate count as CPD within the BS10125 standard?
Yes, but as outlined in the BS10125 standard, only for that manufacturers make of vehicle and the certificate was achieved in the last 3 years
Who can deliver the CPD for me?
Any Awarding Organisation approved training centre whose programmes have been approved in line with the CPD framework, by that Awarding Organisation.
How can CPD programmes be delivered?
CPD will be delivered in various ways, such as, but not limited to face-to-face training, virtual classrooms, and eLearning. The delivery method must be in a format that enables the most effective assessment to take place for the given knowledge or competence-based repair task, detailed within BS10125 and the CPD framework
How do the stakeholders benefit from the CPD framework?
Employers wishing to retain the competency of their staff will be able to engage with approved programmes which deliver the new CPD option in addition to the existing certifications
Individuals - CPD enables individuals to maintain their knowledge and skills, by completing and passing relevant and approved CPD within 3 years of achieving the initial recognition, to retain compliance with BS10125
Training providers can develop and have approved training which will deliver the new technologies to their bodyshop and glazing customers
If my recognition/certification has run out, can I just do CPD?
No, you will need to achieve a qualification, apprenticeship or skills assessment (IMI Accredited Assessment) if you let your certification expire and to enable a CPD cycle to be activated for you.
What starts my 3-year CPD cycle?
Achievement of a relevant recognition/certification as follows:
- An apprenticeship
- A qualification
- A skills assessment (IMI Accredited Assessment)
If I finish my CPD before the end of the 3-year cycle what happens?
The CPD cycle will still be valid and run up to the original 3-year end date. At this point, and because the CPD has been completed, a new 3-year cycle will start.
What happens when my CPD cycle comes to an end?
If the CPD requirements are completed a new 3-year cycle will start. The CPD requirements for the new cycle will need to be completed to enable a new cycle to start again. This rolls on in the same way every 3-years if the CPD requirements are completed.
What happens if I don’t do my CPD? Or just some of it?
When the CPD cycle comes to an end you will no longer be on a CPD route to compliance with BS10125. You will need to achieve a relevant, apprenticeship, qualification or skills assessment (IMI Accredited Assessment)
What happens if I do more CPD than required?
You will be seen as overachieving the minimum CPD requirement, which is a good thing!
What happens if I decide to do another qualification part way through a CPD cycle?
The new achievement will override the existing CPD cycle and create a new one with a new start date and 3-year end date.
Who can help us understand how to develop appropriate and approved CPD programmes which comply to BS10215 and the CPD framework requirements?
Awarding organisations operating in, and support, the Accident Repair and Glazing Sectors
Why should our approved centre offer certificated BS10125 compliant CPD solutions to the AR & G sectors?
- Provides a complete solution for the employer and individuals supporting customer retention and growth
- Retains engagement with employer throughout the 3-year CPD cycle
- Proves the training is current and up to date
- Provides a new offer and income stream
What requirements are there for developing a compliant CPD programme
The CPD framework indicates the requirements for each C unit.
Knowledge assessments will be a Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) test. MCQs will consist of a stem/question followed by four possible answers. One answer should be the correct choice plus three distractors. These knowledge assessments are to be developed by the approved training centre
Who will quality assure the CPD training and assessment programmes?
Assessments will be internally and externally quality assured by the provider of the assessment(s) and the relevant Awarding Organisation
Why does the CPD framework suggest assessment type and approach
To provide consistency and currency for CPD programmes and ensure AR and Glazing Sector Advisory Group agreed standards for CPD are met and so enabling CPD to be provided to the sector as a cost effective and relevant solution
Why is the standard changing?
- To reflect technical advances
- and encourage the use of CPD (Continual Professional Development) which will be cost effective and improve the relevance of training for individuals and Bodyshops
- It’s now easier to retain proof of competence and invest in CPD
- More businesses will have the opportunity to demonstrate compliance
- It reflects technical advances in vehicles and methods of repair, including for hybrid and electric vehicles
What does it mean to the bodyshop and insurance sector customer?
- Customer confidence and loyalty will be improved especially with electric vehicles and ADAS system repair and calibration.
- It shows the sectors commitment to excellent vehicle damage repairs in a rapidly changing technological and legal landscape
- Demonstrates the sectors Bodyshop, Insurance and Glazing sectors commitment to road safety
What has changed? Annex A - units explained
Annex A has changed from 3 large categories to 18 smaller capability tasks.
Why has Annex A changed?
A clearer breakdown of the repairer’s capability to reflect changes in technology & to make the BS10125 standard more accessible to more repairers