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What is involved in the training to be an approved MOT accredited tester?

This is all you should learn about how garages is able to become an MOT accredited test center, and how to become an MOT tester accredited.

VOSA is currently receiving around 5500 applications per year for training MOT testers who are new, and there are 22,500 accredited MOT garages in the UK.

What is the best way to make a garage an MOT test center?

It is the first thing to get first the Requirements for Authorisation 2009 from the VOSA website at These specifications will provide the minimum dimensions needed to be able to design the various layouts required for the type of vehicles that garages are planning to test. The plans for the test area should be drawn out and scaled. They should be delivered at the regional VOSA office with the complete VT01 Application Form.

At this point , no groundwork are to be initiated only after an agreement in Principle is reached with VOSA is it appropriate to begin excavations taking place. After the work has been completed then VOSA will inspect the site to make sure it conforms to the drawings initially presented.

An Authorised Examiner (AE) will have to attend a statutory two-day MOT training management training course in one of the VOSA’s training centres across the country. The course is completely free for the designated AE. Any additional courses required by the site manager and other employees will be cost-based.

Do you make a visit to them prior to when they are accredited center?

At least one inspection to verify that the garage is in compliance with the agreed-upon site plans accepted in the agreement in Principle process. In certain circumstances, there might be additional visits before the garage is officially signed off as an functioning MOT test station.

How many applications are you getting and how many of them are accepted?

We get a number of applications each year, some of which go in the dust because of size restrictions or financial changes of applicants, or who have a change in heart. Since 2005, when MOT Computerisation was implemented, the number of authorized garages has grown from 18,400 to approximately 22,500.

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What exactly is the process of training to become an MOT certified approved tester?

The first step is that the candidate must be suggested by an existing authorized garage. The VT78 form has to be filled out by the applicant and signed with the Authorised Examiner of the nominating garage. The application must be accompanied by copies of the applicant’s qualifications.

If they do not have or do not possess the required qualifications, then the applicant must first to take an NTTA test at the nearest VOSA site. It is an 1.5hr multiple-choice test with a focus on vehicle technology. This test is designed to demonstrate that the knowledge of the candidate is comparable to someone who has the right qualifications.

When the application is accepted through VOSA it is scrutinized for evidence of qualification as well as driver’s license information, as well as the nomination of the AE. This is among the most common reason for the refusal.

The candidate is then required to complete the 3-day course offered at the local VOSA training facility. Two tests are required that are based on MOT requirements and another using computers. Both tests must be completed before the candidate is permitted to move on to the next step.

The next step is to perform the routine at their home site prior to notifying the local area that they are prepared to take their test. After this is successfully completed , the tester is allowed to start the testing process to be able to use the MOT garage.

Every tester is able to test at any of the test sites, as that at each station, the AE has granted approval and they are listed as testers on the testing list at the station.

If someone wishes to test a variety of classes of vehicles, do they complete the required course for each class or is it all rolled up into one?

There are two courses for training that cover motorcycles; one of which while the other covers levels 3, 4,, and 7. The motorcycle course is two days long and covers all classes of motorbikes. The tester must possess an appropriate license before they can be accepted into the system of training. Courses in Class 3 and 4, and 7 course is a three day course. The tester must present their license before the course begins or they’ll be disqualified from entry.

What are the changes you expect to see in relation to testing for MOT in the near future?

The changes will be based on the legislation of the EU and our own government.

The year 2015 will see the ending of the contract currently in place to MOT Computerisation and the introduction of a new contract. VOSA is at present working to develop MOT Comp2. As of now, it’s evident that this system is Internet connected and the Test Station will need to have their own equipment and internet connection.
Additional information will be made available to both testers and garages via The Matters of Testing on-line publication.
The MOT testing test fees page of the document, it states Class 4a and Class 5a that it is “N/A” in the first MOT required (years) column. Does this mean these vehicles do not require an MOT, or that they must be tested at the time of purchase?

The classes 4a/5a are primarily for vehicles in the classes 4 and 5, which require a seat belt examination. The purpose of this check is to examine the seatbelts as well as the mountings of belts that are installed over and above the requirements of legislation. This mostly covers non-type approved vehicles. Therefore, the vehicle may be of any time. The majority of passenger vehicles included in this class have already been type-approved from 2001.
The feedback we receive from our customers who own classic cars is that they’re having their cars tested because they are legally bound to obligation to keep their vehicle in good roadworthy condition . An MOT proves this. Have you noticed any changes of the decision to no longer test the classic car?

The companies that deal in classic automobiles have seen a decrease in the number of cars being tested before the vehicles from pre 1960 were exempted on November 18th, 2012. This includes ALL kinds of vehicles, including motorbikes buses. Commercial vehicles have enjoyed this exemption for a while provided they were not employed for hire or as reward. However, we don’t have any data to back their comments or any other.

Although the vehicles built before 1960 do not have to pass an MOT, the owner must make sure that the vehicle is in a roadworthy state at a minimum standard of the MOT requirements.