Annual Training Do’s and Don’ts
Nervous about taking your first online assessment and passing your annual training requirements for the year? There’s no need to be - simply follow these guidelines written by RMI’s Head of MOT Technical Operations, and you’ll be more than prepared.
Do – Ascertain who is responsible
We have found that some NTs are waiting for the AE to do something, whilst some AE’s are thinking the NT’s are responsible, and hence nothing is being done. We recommend that all AE’s ensure that it is clear who is going to plan, monitor and action the training and assessments.
Do – Plan time and financial resources
Whatever way the training and assessments are conducted, there will still need to be time allocated for staff to undergo their training, and the online assessments will have a cost implication.
Do – Plan the training for what best suits your business
Whilst some NT’s will feel able to train themselves and document what they have learnt, many AEs would prefer a more formal training provision and ensure consistent delivery. The RMI have a range of options where we can provide the required training and give access to the official Online Assessment through the IMI.
Do – Document your training
Whatever means is chosen for the training element the site needs to retain documentary evidence of what, how and when the training was conducted. This evidence should be retained on site so that DVSA can view during their visits and site audits. is ideal for this, as you can sign and keep it for your records.
Do- Ensure all documentation is verifiable to relevant NT
The NTs name and User ID should be added to the documentary evidence of what they have completed.
Do – Continue documenting any training even once you complete the minimum
Even if you have recorded your training and passed the online examination, it is a good idea to continue documenting any training or MOT study you undergo.
Do – Use MOT Guide, Manuals and Special Notices
The online examination is “Open Book” you are permitted to refer to MOT information to research and clarify your answers, it is not a memory test.
Do – Print off and retain online examination certificate
Once you complete and pass your online examination your will have the option to print off a certificate. Make sure this is copied and retained. It is anticipated that the certificate number will be able to be recorded on the NT profile on the MOT Testing Service to allow DVSA to check NT has completed examination in time scale.
Don’t – Spend less than the minimum time on training
For a single group you need to spend and document at least three hours training. If you test both groups you will need to spend at least 5 hours.
Don’t – Forget if you test both group A (motorcycles) and group B (cars and light goods)
You will need to complete both the group A and Group B syllabus.
Don’t – Leave it until the last moment
Whilst at the moment the end of March 2017 seems a long time away, with around 60,000 NTs who may need to conduct training and assessments, we anticipate there will be a rush early next year to conduct this before the deadline.
Don’t – Look for the online examination on the MOT Testing Service computer
Members have asked where the online assessment is found on the MOT computer, it is not. The examinations are taken through an awarding organisation. The RMI can offer you this service through the IMI.
Don’t – Think the online examination is solely on the syllabus subjects
30% of the questions asked will be on special notices and general MOT knowledge.
Do – Ask us
If you need any further information about the required training or the options we offer, please call us on 0845 305 4230.