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Changes to MOT Refresher Training

Changes to MOT Refresher Training

28 January 2016

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is changing the way MOT training is carried out after listening to your feedback.

The MOT trade said they’d like to see a more varied and modern approach to training to make it easier to train more in line with individual needs and requirements.

What is changing?

The changes to MOT training will start by DVSA replacing the currently suspended MOT tester refresher course with annual training from April 2016.

This new MOT annual training will follow a continuing professional development (CPD) model and, once it’s been introduced, all testers will:

  • no longer need to attend a 5 year refresher course
  • have to complete at least 3 hours of annual training to maintain their tester status

If you’re a tester and were due to attend refresher training by April 2016, these changes won’t affect your current authorisation to test.

To keep their tester status, every tester will have to do at least three hours training between the start of April and the end of March the following year. The tester will be responsible for:

  • planning their training
  • recording their training
  • completing their training

How will MOT annual training work?

DVSA won’t be delivering the new annual training and will instead publish an annual training syllabus for each vehicle class.

This will outline which topics you’ll need to cover in order to maintain your tester status.

The planned 2016 to 2017 annual training syllabus for Class 1 and 2 vehicles will cover the following subject areas:

  • lighting and signalling equipment
  • brakes
  • CPD planning and recording

The planned 2016 to 2017 annual training syllabus for Class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles will cover the following subject areas:

  • driver’s view of the road
  • headlamp aim
  • CPD planning and recording

The majority of testers already spend more than 3 hours each year updating their MOT knowledge and skills.

This means, if you spend at least 3 hours each year covering that year’s syllabus topics, the new MOT annual training should not take up any more of your time than is necessary.

Over the course of a year, you’ll have to record your training as evidence that you’ve carried out the required MOT annual training.

You’ll have to sit and pass an annual ‘reauthorisation exam’ to maintain your tester status.

DVSA will be publishing more details about how to plan and record your new MOT annual training and book annual exams on this page in due course.

More details about the planned changed to MOT training will become available in due course, with an official notice of the change to be issued in an upcoming MOT special notice.

You can also keep up to date by signing up for DVSA email alerts and reading the DVSA Matters of Testing blog.