IN FOCUS: IMI Light Vehicle Technician Accreditation

MARKS DOC TEMPLATEThe IMI Level 3 Light Vehicle Inspection Technician Accreditation route is intended for technicians whose job role involves the inspection, maintenance and repair of light vehicles.

This is ideal for those who want to progress to become an MOT Tester, as this accreditation is an industry recognised accreditation and is accepted by DVSA to allow someone to apply for the MOT Training Scheme.

Courses generally consist of classroom training and practical workshop training as well as  home study work.

Inspection Technician

An Inspection Technician must be able to work unsupervised.  Ideally, they should be in full time employment with at least 3 years experience to ensure they are familiar with the techniques for vehicle servicing, inspection, repair and system(s) diagnosis.

To maintain their accreditation and ensure that they remain current, the individual is reassessed every three years.

What do the courses involve?

In order to achieve IMI Accreditation, the individual must pass a series of practical skills and knowledge modules at an IMI Approved Centre and sign the IMI Code of Conduct.

Practical skills modules are made up by the following 5 areas:

  • Braking
  • Steering and Suspension
  • Emissions
  • Electrical
  • Vehicle Appraisal

The knowledge module element consists of online tests which cover a technician’s general knowledge of Health and Safety as well as motor vehicles – including braking systems, steering and suspension systems, electrical systems, emission systems and vehicle structure and corrosion.


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