What is IMI TechSafe™
IMI TechSafe™ is professional recognition within the IMI Professional Register. It identifies a members professionalism and safe working practice in the field of electric vehicles (EV) and other safety-critical vehicle systems such as Autonomous or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). As well as proof of competence through the achievement of nationally recognised qualifications or IMI accreditations, having IMI TechSafe™ recognition means that the member keeps up to date through mandatory requirements for continuous professional development (CPD). These CPD requirements are decided and agreed upon by an IMI industry Sector Advisory Group and are reviewed on a regular basis.
Why do I need to be IMI TechSafe™
For the employer
Employers have a responsibility and duty of care to ensure their staff are competent to work on electric vehicles (EV) and that they meet the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. The repair of damaged electric vehicles and those with ADAS is covered within the British Standard, BS10125. Most insurance companies (work providers) support this by only giving work to businesses that meet the standard. Vehicle manufacturers set out repair methods and processes from a servicing and maintenance point of view as well as for the repair of damaged vehicles. These must be followed to ensure their own safety, the safety/roadworthiness of the vehicle as well as the safety of the driver and other road users or pedestrians.
For the employee
IMI TechSafe™ recognition gives you the ability to easily demonstrate to colleagues, customers and professionals that you’re fully qualified to be working on EV vehicles and/or vehicles with ADAS technologies. It is also seen as a badge of honour for those in the sector who hold it and can lead to your increased employability as employers are searching for EV technicians to join their work force. You may even be able to demand a higher salary – the IMI’s analysis of salary data for 2020 shows an earning premium of more than 10% - £3,700 per annum – for EV qualified vehicle technicians*.
*IMI analysis of salary data for 2020 shows an earning premium of more than 10% for EV qualified vehicle technicians. The average advertised salary for vehicle technicians which requests electric vehicle skills is £33,500. This is £3,700 more than vehicle technician job advertisements which don’t request electric vehicle skills.
How do I become IMI TechSafe™
There are a few steps to take to gain IMI TechSafe™ recognition within the IMI Professional Register:
- Gain a qualifying achievement, i.e. an IMI nationally recognised qualification or IMI accreditation
- Join the IMI membership community
- Take your place on the IMI’s Professional Register
- Gain IMI TechSafe™ recognition.
Remaining in IMI TechSafe™ recognition
A vital part of the Professional Register and IMI TechSafe™ is ensuring those on it remain up to date with their knowledge, skills and competency. This is why CPD is a requirement to remain in IMI TechSafe™ recognition. The 3 year CPD cycle for IMI TechSafe™ will start on the 1st April 2022. However, we have made this as simple as possible, meaning any CPD you do with the IMI is automatically logged, allowing you to focus your time on your other priorities.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is IMI TechSafe?
- IMI TechSafeTM is a recognition of skills, qualification achievements and a commitment to CPD within the IMI Professional Register.
- IMI TechSafeTM recognition is evidence of being safe and qualified to work on vehicles with systems and technologies that have significant safety implications, e.g. electric vehicles.
- IMI TechSafeTM recognition is identified in an IMI members IMI Professional Register digital card www.theimi.org.uk/membership/professional-register
- IMI TechSafeTM is an approved and official Trade Mark and IMI brand guidelines must be adhered to when referring to it in any communication e.g. use on a business card or business website.
- Currently, there are three IMI TechSafeTM categories. These are Electric Vehicle, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Hydrogen Vehicles. More categories will be added in the future, e.g. driverless technologies and connectivity and cybersecurity.
Who can gain IMI Techsafe recognition?
- Anyone can gain IMI TechSafeTM recognition, with a valid achievement of an IMI approved qualification or an IMI accredited product. Simply join the IMI membership community and the IMI Professional Register.
How do you retain IMI Techsafe recognition?
- IMI TechSafeTM recognition is retained through successful completion of specific CPD requirements over a three year CPD cycle.
- CPD requirements are agreed with an IMI Sector Advisory Group which are set out in CPD Subject Frameworks and vary dependent on the IMI TechSafeTM category.
- An IMI CPD Policy document for IMI members is available for further guidance.
Take a look at the IMI's CEO Steve Nash discussing the EV skills gap and the importance of gaining IMI Techsafe™ recognition.