Guidance

Provide MOT training courses

How to provide MOT tester and manager qualification courses, and MOT tester annual training courses - including the topics the training must cover.

Types of MOT training

There are 2 types of MOT training you can provide:

  • MOT tester and manager qualification courses
  • MOT tester annual training courses

You must be approved by an awarding organisation to provide qualification courses.

You don’t need to be approved to provide annual training courses.

Provide qualification courses

You can get approval to provide these MOT qualifications:

  • Level 2 Award in MOT Testing (classes 1 and 2 - motorcycles)
  • Level 2 Award in MOT Testing (classes 4 and 7 - light vehicles)
  • Level 3 Award in MOT Test Centre Management

Apply for approval

Contact an awarding organisation to find out:

  • if you’re eligible to be a training provider
  • how to register with them

You can register with more than one.

ABC Awards

mot.abcawards.co.uk
Telephone: 0115 854 1620
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

City & Guilds

www.cityandguilds.com
Telephone: 0844 543 0033
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

Institute of the Motor Industry Awards

www.imiawards.org.uk
Telephone: 01992 511 521
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm
Find out about call charges

When you’re approved

You’ll be responsible for approving individual MOT trainers to run the qualification courses.

The awarding organisations you register with will give you more information about running the courses.

Provide annual training

MOT testers must complete training between April and March every year. You can provide training courses for them to take.

Training topics

MOT testers have to study different topics depending on whether they test:

  • class 1 and 2 vehicles (‘group A’)
  • class 3, 4, 5, 7 vehicles (‘group B’)

The topics MOT testers have to study are different every year.

Year Group A (class 1 and 2 vehicles) Group B (class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles)
2018 to 2019 Updates to testing procedures following the introduction of EU roadworthiness directive (2014/45).

Floating discs, radial brakes, suspension types and alignment.

Test quality information and data protection.

General standards and procedures from previous years’ training topics.
Updates to testing procedures following the introduction of EU roadworthiness directive (2014/45).

Guidelines for the safe testing of alternatively-fuelled vehicles, including hybrid, electric and hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles.

Test quality information and data protection.

General standards and procedures from previous years’ training topics.
2017 to 2018 Body and structure (including security).

Assessment of tyres and wheels.
Assessment of tyres and wheels.

Corrosion assessment (including assessment of brake pipes).
2016 to 2017 Lighting and signalling equipment.

Brakes.

Continuing professional development planning and recording
Driver’s view of the road.

Headlamp aim.

Continuing professional development planning and recording.
Published 5 August 2016
Last updated 19 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added information about providing MOT tester annual training courses.
  2. First published.