Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Take a look at our easy to use FAQ sheet to help answer your questions and find out more about the IMI Professional Register.
What does the IMI Professional Register do?
The IM Professional Register recognises and promotes your expertise and knowledge.
So, whether someone is looking to buy a car, hire a vehicle or take one in for parts, servicing or repair, the Register is here to make sure they know who to call, with reassurance that they are in skilled, competent and trustworthy hands.
Can anyone join?
The IMI Professional Register is open to IMI members only at associate grade and above. Join IMI membership here.
What do post-nominals mean?
When searching for an individual within the Professional Register, you will notice a series of letters listed next to the individual’s name; these are post-nominals and they identify people’s skills and experience in industry via their membership level.
- FIMI - Fellow member of the IMI
- MIMI - Member of the IMI
- AMIMI - Associate member of the IMI
- CAE - Certificated Automotive Engineer
- AAE - Advanced Automotive Engineer
- CAT - Certificated Automotive Trainer
- CAA - Certificated Automotive Assessor
- AAT - Advanced Automotive Trainer
- AdAA - Advanced Automotive Assessor
Opportunities for Additional Recognition
Are you a member of the IMI and eligible for any additional recognitions? Why not have additional post nominals with IMI engineering awards and trainer assessor awards reflected in the professional register to get the recognition you deserve. These routes are detailed below:
Certificated Automotive Engineer (CAE) – can be awarded if you have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in automotive and evidence of a level 3 approved qualification or an IMI Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA).
Advanced Automotive Engineer (AAE) - can be awarded if you have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in automotive or have held a CAE qualification for 2 years with evidence of a level 4 approved qualification or an IMI Automotive Technician Accreditation.
Certificated Automotive Trainer (CAT) – can be awarded if you have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in automotive, evidence of a level 3 teaching qualification, evidence of a level 3 subject knowledge qualification and you are involved in delivering training for at least 24 days per year.
Certificated Automotive Assessor (CAA) – can be awarded if you have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in automotive, evidence of a level 3 assessing qualification, evidence of a level 3 subject knowledge qualification and you are involved in assessing individuals for at least 24 days per year.
Advanced Automotive Trainer (AAT) - can be awarded if you have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in automotive, evidence of a level 4 teaching qualification, evidence of a level 4 subject knowledge qualification, be involved in delivering training for at least 24 days per year and can share a case study which demonstrates your ability and understanding to plan and deliver effective training solutions for employers.
Advance Automotive Assessor (AdAA) – can be awarded if you have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in automotive, evidence of a level 4 assessing qualification, evidence of a level 4 subject knowledge qualification, be involved in assessing individuals for at least 24 days per year and can share a case study which demonstrates your ability and understanding to develop and improve the skills of assessors to support the delivery of effective training solutions for employers.
How are these professionals monitored?
To maintain your status on the IMI Professional Register, you are required to give evidence of continued learning and development activities, with a minimum of 90 CPD credits over a 3 year period required.
What is the IMI Professional Register?
It’s an industry-wide Register that lists individuals in the motor industry who have been recognised for their experience, professionalism and commitment to ethical working practices, and also for continually keeping their knowledge and skills up to date.
Who is the IMI?
The IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) is the professional body for individuals working in automotive. It’s also the authoritative source of retail motor industry information, standards and qualifications.
IMI plays a vital role in developing and maintaining a skilled, competent and professional workforce, able to keep pace with evolving automotive technologies and rapidly changing markets.
Why are IMI registered professionals different?
All individuals on the Register have been recognised, verified and approved by the IMI for:
- their qualifications
- their experience in automotive
- their skills, knowledge and competency levels
- their commitment to continually keeping their skills up to date.
By continually keeping skills and knowledge up to date, the professionals listed on the Register:
- drive up standards across the sector
- demonstrate their professional knowledge, skills and competence
- assure you, as a customer, of an ethical and quality service
- increase public confidence in the automotive industry.
Why are there businesses on the Register?
If a business employs any IMI registered professionals, we’ve listed their details to help you find a service more easily.