How to become an MOT Tester

How to become an MOT Tester

This article was originally published on 4 March 2019

An MOT tester working on his computerAs the number of new and used cars on our roads increase and more mechanics look to enter work across the country, it’s more important than ever to ensure that you have the necessary skills and qualifications to compete in the market. We’ve summarised some of the main requirements to become an MOT tester below, along with our top tips for making sure you get the most out of your skills and experience during the automotive job search!
Mandla Ndhlovu, Head of Training at Autotech Recruit, highlighted the need for more MOT testers in the industry over the coming years:

With the buoyancy of the new car market between 2015-2017, there will be a higher demand for MOT tests over the coming years, which means that qualifying as an MOT tester is a smart investment in your automotive career.”

As the industry prepares to feel the knock-on effect of increased new car sales between 2015 and 2017, there will be a higher availability of work for MOT testers, meaning higher salaries, and added job security due to a higher frequency of jobs.

If you are looking to take an MOT training course, you must:

  • Have a valid full UK driving license for the type of vehicle you would like to test.
  • Be a skilled mechanic with at least 4 years’ full-time employment servicing and repairing the type of vehicles you’re going to test.
  • Have no unspent convictions for criminal offenses connected with MOT testing or the motor trade, or involving acts of violence or intimidation.
  • Be ‘of good repute’ – the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) will decide this to make sure you’re suitable to be an MOT tester.
  • Have an accepted Level 3 qualification or accreditation if you want to test class 3, 4, 5 or 7 vehicles.

For a full list of accepted qualifications, visit the official website here.

Autotech Training delivers MOT Tester Training through our approved training providers in four locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Nuneaton and Wolverhampton. The course providers that we are partnered with deliver the best training available, ensuring that you feel confident when conducting MOT tests, and go on to have a long and successful MOT testing career with your new-found knowledge!

You can find out more about MOT Tester training courses here.

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