About us

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is the professional association for individuals working in the motor industry, and the authoritative voice of the sector

With an offer of more than 250 motor industry, and associated sector, qualifications that are available in over 600 colleges and training centres nationwide, our products and services are highly regarded in the sector, helping our learners begin their automotive career.   

We partner with expert working groups to ensure our industry-recognised qualifications are relevant and sector-specific. By raising the importance of vocational learning and professional achievement we will continue to advance the retail motor industry – and its associated sectors.

The Approved Centre Network

We’re partner to a growing network of over 600 training providers and centres. We also work with some of the largest manufacturers to offer expert support and deliver the highest-quality of vocational learning.

IMI approved centres include:

  • FE colleges
  • Schools
  • Prisons
  • Independent training centres
  • Vehicle manufacturers
  • National motor industry organisations

International Recognition

Recognised by governments and education authorities around the world, IMI Qualifications and Accreditations are available at overseas centres in Europe, the Middle East, China and South East Asia.

Market-leading Choice

IMI candidates can choose from nationally-recognised qualifications and accreditations. We cover the full range of technical and operational motor industry specialisms – from body repair, air conditioning and motorsport to automotive management, customer service and business administration.

  • Competence qualifications
  • Knowledge qualifications
  • Scottish qualifications
  • Life Skills
  • IMI Accreditation (Technical, Customer-Facing, Management and Assessor)
  • irtec: Heavy Vehicle

The History

The IMI Group of Companies coat of arms appears prominently on certificates awarded by IMI and is used as the authoritative stamp or signature. A major honour, it was originally received by the IMI in 1955 when the College of Heralds granted Arms to the Institute. The Armorial bearings represent the work of the Institute in Heraldic terms. The IMI Group of Companies coat of arms is a registered trade mark and can only be used with permission by the IMI.


IMI offer a wide range of learning opportunities and resources to help you jump-start your career in the motor industry.

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