Accreditation extension – FAQs

Accreditation FAQs

Get the latest information how to take advantage of the accreditation extension

All IMI Accreditation candidates with an expiry date between 1st July 2020 and 31st March 2021 who are unable to re-accredit due to the impact of COVID-19, will have the option to take advantage of a 6 month extension to their expiry date.

Should I continue to complete my Accreditation if possible?

Yes, where assessment is accessible we would strongly encourage the completion of Accreditation at the earliest opportunity. This is important for the following reasons;

  1. It ensures compliance where needed eg. BS10125
  2. From an employer’s perspective, it will help spread the scheduling of staff assessments.
  3. From a Training Providers perspective, it will help spread scheduling of candidate assessments & manage customer expectations.

My Accreditation expired on 17th September 2020, what is my new expiry date?

In this example the expiry date falls between 1st July 2020 & 31st March 2021 & so, if you are unable to access provision, is subject to a 6 month extension window. As such, the new expiry date will be 17th March 2021.

My Accreditation is due to expire just before the end of this extension window on 29th March 2021. Do I get a 2 day extension to the 31st March 2021 or a 6 month extension to 29th September 2021?

In this example the expiry date falls between 1st July 2020 & 31st March 2021 & so, if you are unable to access provision, is subject to a 6 month extension window. As such, the new expiry date will be 29th September 2021.

My Accreditation was originally due to expire on 21st April 2020 but had already been extended by 6 months to 21st October 2020. I tried to book my assessment with my Training Provider but they were not able to complete the assessment in October. Can you confirm if I am now subject to a further 6 month extension?

In this example, as the revised expiry date falls between 1st July 2020 & 31st March 2021, & you have stated you are unable to access this provision, you can take advantage of a further 6 month extension window. As such, your new expiry date will now become 21st April 2021.

Once I am able to take my assessment following the extension period, will it then be valid for 3 years from the original expiry date or 3 years from the date I passed the assessment?

The Accreditation will be valid for a period of 3 years from the date you passed the assessment.

Does this extension also apply to irtec expiry dates?

No, there is an alternative model in place for irtec routes. Further guidance can be found here.

Does this extension also apply to Accredited Assessors?

Yes, the  6 month extension window applies to all Accreditation routes.

*Please Note – There is an alternative model in place for irtec routes. Further guidance can be found here.

As a Training Provider we have resumed assessments, albeit with reduced capacity in order to accommodate social distancing guidelines. We have candidates whose VCQ/SVQ certificate issue dates exceeded 3 years during the lockdown period. Ordinarily, we would have registered them on re-accreditation routes before the 3 years lapsed but this was not possible due to lockdown. Now, when attempting to register these candidates, the IMI system is telling us they must be assessed via the full Accreditation route. Please advise.

VCQ/SVQ achievers who have been unable to access re-accreditation due to the impact of COVID-19 and their 3 years from certification falls between 1st July 2020 and 31st March 2021, can take advantage of a further 6 month extension window. Meaning the re-accreditation assessment must now be taken within 42 months of their VCQ/SVQ certificate issue date.

I started my full Accreditation pre-COVID–19. However, lockdown has prevented me from going back to the Training Provider to complete it and 12 months have now passed since I started the process. Do I need to start the assessment process again or can I have an extension?

In this example, as COVID-19 has prevented access to the provision and completion of the Accreditation process, you can take advantage of a 6 month extension window. Please liaise with your training provider.

How will I know that the 6 month extension has been applied to my expiry date? Will I receive confirmation?

When an extension is applied, it will generate a new digital certificate, which can be accessed via eModule, the secure online portal providing access to digital copies of IMI candidate certificates.

You can access your eModule account here; IMI eModule Home

A user guide to eModule can be found here; IMI eModule Guide

Individuals can also show any auditor or employer the latest version of their certificate via eModule.

In addition, the IMI Professional Register is constantly updated to reflect any extension. As such, the IMI Professional Register will continue to be used to demonstrate an individual’s current competence and therefore compliance with relevant audit body requirements.

Will an extended Accreditation expiry date suffice in demonstrating my eligibility when applying to do a MoT qualification?

Yes, an extended expiry date of a DVSA approved IMI Accreditation route will fulfill this eligibility requirement.
For further information on full MoT qualification eligibility requirements including accepted qualifications and Accreditations please visit; DVSA, Become an MOT Tester

Will an extended Accreditation expiry date suffice in demonstrating my current competence in relation to BS10125?

Yes, an extended Accreditation expiry date will be accepted as evidence of current competence in the event of a BS10125 audit.