• Level 2
  • Reference 601/8930/7
  • Total Qualification Time 19
  • Guided Learning Hours 16
  • Subject Area MOT

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is for individuals who want, or need to become MOT testers. To be eligible to undertake this qualification in order to be an MOT Tester, a learner must:

  • have a current and full UK driving licence for the vehicle classes they want to test
  • be a skilled mechanic with at least 4 years full-time employment in the service and repair of the vehicle types to be tested. (Apprentices who have been employed for 4 years are eligible.)
  • have no unspent convictions for criminal offences connected with the MOT testing scheme or the motor trade, or involving acts of violence or intimidation
  • be ‘of good repute’
  • and to become a nominated tester (NT) for class 3, 4, 5 or 7 vehicles they must also have an ‘appropriate’ qualification

Who might be interested in taking this course?

This qualification is primarily developed for those individuals who wish to enhance their career by qualifying as an MOT Tester. Achievement of this qualification enables them to apply to undertake the DVSA final observed assessment in order to achieve their Certificate of Competence (CoC), enabling them to become Nominated Tester.

What will the learner study as part of this qualification?

The content of this qualification has been designed to reflect the contents of the National Occupational Standards for MOT Testers.

The content of the qualification includes:

  • working safely within a vehicle test centre
  • communicating with colleagues and customers
  • how to manage and maintain their CPD
  • carrying out pre-test checks
  • carrying out an MOT test


The size of the qualifications is 29 guided learning hours (GLH); of which a minimum of 8 hours must be practical.

Appropriate Content

The content of these qualifications has been designed to cover the requirements for all prospective Nominated Testers. It is based on the suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) developed by the IMI in conjunction with DVSA and the MOT industry in 2015.

External Assessment

These qualifications are subject to externally set and externally marked assessment in the form of online tests delivered through the IMI online testing platform.

Therefore IMI has developed a bank of questions that will be randomly selected to cover the knowledge requirements of the qualification. This test will consist of 40 questions, to be answered in 75 minutes and will span the breadth of the content for each of the units.

Internal Assessment

In addition to the externally set and externally marked online tests, learners must successfully undertake practical assessments provided by IMI.  

It is not acceptable for an approved centre to develop their own practical assessments, in the place of the IMI practical assessments provided.

Existing IMI Approved Centres

If you are an existing IMI Approved Centre, you can apply to offer the new MOT qualifications via Centres Hub using a qualification approval application form. Before applying, you are required to complete the Approval Guidance checklist, to ensure that your organisation meets all of the criteria. As part of your application, you will need to upload the completed checklist and the following evidence in the ‘staff and physical resources’ section of the application form:

  • Scheme of work for the training
  • Lesson plans for the training
  • Photographs of the training resources

If you have any queries about the requirements outlined in the checklist, please email awardingenquiries@theimi.org.uk.

Centres will be subject to an application fee to offer these qualifications, please refer to the fees and charges section of the website for further information.

New Centres

If you are not currently an IMI Approved Centre and are considering offering the new MOT qualifications, please visit our Become an IMI Approved Centre page for details of how to apply. 

The extension of this qualification was supported by the DVSA.

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The IMI is recognised to offer these qualifications by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). This approval means IMI and our qualifications are regulated by Ofqual’s comprehensive regulatory framework. Please click here to read more and here to view this qualification on the Register of Regulated Qualifications.

Documentation for IMI Centres

Find more information and documentation in IMI Connect

Start Date: Wed, 01/06/2016
End Date: Fri, 31/03/2028
Certificate End Date: Sat, 31/03/2029

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