DVSA QC and MOT Training FAQ - Where Now?
The IGA member helpline on 0845 305 4230 is receiving a large number of calls from members with questions about the new DVSA training regime and about changes to the Quality Management System (QMS) process following the introduction of the new MOT Testing Service
Although we have published a great deal of advice and guidance in these areas – you can read more in this and previous IGA bulletins as well as on we have included this FAQ section to respond to some of the specific questions asked by members.
MOT Testing Service FAQs
On the new service there is nowhere to record my QC`s do I still need to QC my testers ?
Yes – Although the system does not record your QC checks, as an MOT centre you are responsible for ensuring that your NTs are checked. You will need to record this internally and keep records of when and how you carried out checks. For RMI members that subscribe to our MOTQC programme this can be be recorded in the new MOT Folder that your QC manager will supply at your next QC visits.
On my last visit from the DVSA I saw that that quality control is part of the risk scoring, what are my options?
The DVSA are currently looking at how test stations manage their internal QC processes through the site risk assessment. Question 14 on this risk assessment is not currently scored and will not impact on your final risk score. This is allowing the DVSA to see how stations currently manage quality processes. We expect this will become a scored question in the near future.
Section 4.14 covers quality management
Is there evidence of a pro-active approach to quality management at this VTS?
documented evidence that NT’s and VTS staff are subject to regular review to ensure that correct testing methods and management procedures are applied including any remedial and correction action taken
MOT Training FAQs
I have seen some information about the new tester qualification do I need to send all my testers on this course ?
The new tester qualifications for both classes 1,2 and 3,4,5,7 are there for people wishing to become new testers. Current testers do not need to achieve this although they may choose to do so as part of their own development.
I have heard the new testers training referred to as a NOS, what does this mean?
The term NOS stands for national Occupational Standard. This is the new qualification that has been developed between the DVSA and the awarding bodies to create a job role of MOT tester.
Who has to take the managers course?
The New MOT Manager course is aimed at people looking to take on the role of MOT manager/AE who are not currently in that role. Current AEs do not need to take this route.
One of my members of staff does not have a level 3 qualification can he still do the NTTA?
The NTTA route for people wishing to become MOT testers is no longer available via the DVSA. Technicians who do not hold a relevant level 3 qualification will be able to take a Light Vehicle Inspection accreditation from the IMI.
This can be taken as a single day assessment of 5 practical observed tasks and two online theory tests although many people taking this route will prefer to attend a three day course giving them two days of update training and a final day for the assessment. Both routes are available through the RMI Academy.
What has happened to refresher training, how do I ensure my testers are up to date and compliant?
Refresher training has been replaced with Annual Training sometimes referred to as CPD (Continuous Professional Development)
This will require all testers to complete 16 hours annual training over a five year period. Three hours a year for four years and four in the fifth year.
As an AE, You will need to ensure that all of your Testers complete the required training each year between 1st April and 31st March the following year.
At the start of each year the DVSA will issue a syllabus telling you what you need to study in that year according to the classes of vehicle you test at your station. If your cover both Motor cycle and light vehicle you will need to complete training for both classes.
During the training year you will also be required to sit an “Open Book online assessment to confirm your knowledge. The training can be completed in a variety of ways to meet your business needs - from individual self study through to formal training on site or at one the IGA dedicated CPD events. Full details of your options are available via the RMI Training Academy web site at or by calling the member helpline on 0845 30542030
I have heard in the trade that DVSA are looking to reduce the number of MOT stations and if I don’t do the annual training or fail to correctly manage my QC processes I may be at risk.
We are aware that some companies are indicating to members that the DVSA are looking to reduce the number of test stations although we have no evidence that this is the case.
However, every NT must complete their required annual training and MOT station are required to record both the training and their internal QC processes. Any failure in either area could impact on site risk scoring in the future.
What is the IGA doing to help me with this ?
The IGA has put together a series of packages to ensure your MOT business is fully compliant with all aspects of operating at test station. These include:
- MOTQC packages tailored to meet your business requirements and number of testers
- The New RMI training Academy offers members a full range of courses to cover all your MOT requirements, delivered at low cost to members:
- New MOT tester
- New motorcycle testers
- IMI light vehicle inspection training & assessment or assessment only
- MOT Managers course
- Annual training options including:
- Onsite training delivered by RMI MOT staff
- Classroom delivery at the new Academy
- Regional training events
- E learning self study packages
- Printed work book self study packages