Take MOT tester annual training and assessments
How to take and record MOT tester annual training, the topics to study, and how to book the annual assessment and record your result.
About training and assessments
The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has changed how MOT training is done.
The 5-year MOT tester refresher course has been replaced by annual training and an assessment.
How MOT annual training works
Decide how to do your training.
Take at least 3 hours of training each year (you need to do 16 hours in the rolling 5-year period).
Record your training.
Book your annual assessment.
Take your annual assessment.
Record your assessment result.
This process follows a ‘continuing professional development’ (CPD) model.
You can lose your MOT tester status if you don’t take training and pass an assessment between 1 April and 31 March each year.
If you qualified as an MOT tester with an external training provider (not DVSA) in the current training year, you don’t need to start taking the training and assessment until the next training year.
Vehicle classes you test
All the vehicle classes are split into 2 groups:
- class 1 and 2 vehicles (group A)
- class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles (group B)
You have to do training and an assessment for the group that you test. The rules are different if you test vehicles in both groups.
When you’ve passed the assessment, you can still only test vehicle classes that you’re qualified for. You can’t test other classes in the vehicle group. You need to take an MOT qualification course for any other classes of vehicle you want to test.
If you’re not qualifed to test class 3 vehicles, you still can’t test them after completing group B training. You need to take an MOT qualification course for class 3 vehicles.
Plan your MOT annual training
DVSA publishes an annual training syllabus for the 2 vehicle groups. It tells you which topics you need to cover for the following year.
Class 1 and 2 vehicles (group A)
The 2016 to 2017 MOT annual training syllabus for class 1 and 2 vehicles (motorcycles) covers these topics:
- lighting and signalling equipment
- CPD planning and recording
Class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles (group B)
The 2016 to 2017 MOT annual training syllabus for class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles (cars and other vehicles) covers these topics:
- driver’s view of the road
- headlamp aim
- CPD planning and recording
If you test all vehicle classes
Train on the topics in both syllabuses.
If the same topic is in the syllabus for both vehicle groups in a year, you only have to cover that topic once.
CPD planning and recording is a topic for both vehicle groups. Your training for it counts towards your 3 hours for each vehicle group.
Take your annual training
You have to decide how to do your training with your MOT management. You can do it as:
- individual training sessions
- group training sessions
- sessions with an MOT training provider
You can learn about each year’s topics on your own by reading:
- the MOT inspection manual
- other reliable or recommended sources of information
Check what you’ve learnt by demonstrating it to a colleague. If that’s not possible, you can:
- discuss it with a colleague
- check it in the MOT inspection manual
You can learn about each year’s topics by doing question and answer sessions with other testers. They can be from any vehicle testing station (VTS), including your own.
A more experienced tester can demonstrate the main points in a topic by holding short training sessions for a group.
Check what you’ve learnt by demonstrating it to your group. If that’s not possible, you can:
- discuss it within your group
- check it in the MOT inspection manual
You don’t have to use a training provider, but you’ll have to pay if you decide to use one.
Contact one of these organisations to find a training provider:
The awarding organisations can provide you details of training providers that offer a combined MOT training and assessment package.
You can also find training courses yourself.
Record your annual training
You have to record your training as proof that you’ve done enough.
You must keep a record to show any DVSA staff who visit your vehicle testing station (VTS). You have to keep records for 5 years.
Disciplinary action can be taken against you and it can affect your tester status if you don’t keep training records.
What to include in your record
There’s no set format that you have to use for your training record, but it must include:
- your name and user ID
- which vehicle groups your training covered, such as class 1 and 2
- the date of the training
- how long the training session lasted
- what topics you covered during the session
- notes on what you did, how you did it and what you learned
You can use a template from DVSA to record it.
Take the annual assessment
You have to pass an online MOT annual assessment to keep your testing status. You can take this at:
- a training provider
- your own VTS
Disciplinary action can be taken against you and it can affect your tester status if you don’t pass an assessment during the training year.
Book an assessment
You have to pay to take the assessment. The prices are set by training providers.
Book your assessment through one of these organisations:
City & Guilds
How the assessment works
Assessments last up to 45 minutes.
You’ll be asked 30 multiple-choice questions based on:
- topics in the current year’s syllabus
- current MOT special notices
- general MOT testing knowledge
You can read samples of the types of questions you’ll be asked.
You can use these during the assessment:
- official documents, such as the MOT inspection manual or special notices
- your own notes
Training providers make reasonable adjustments if you have a disability or health condition covered by the Equality Act 2010.
The pass mark for assessments taken between April 2016 and March 2017 is 50%
If you don’t pass, you can go back over your training and take another assessment before any action is taken.
You can take the assessment as many times as you want for each year’s annual training syllabus. You have to pay each time.
Keep your assessment certificates
You get a certificate after passing your assessment. Keep it with your MOT annual training records.
You need to show these documents to DVSA staff who visit your VTS.
Record your result
You have to record your assessment result on the MOT testing service.
- your certificate number
- the date it was awarded
- the score you achieved
How to record your assessment result
Sign in to the MOT testing service.
Click ‘Your profile’.
Click ‘Annual assessment certificates’ under the ‘MOT training and certificates heading’.
Click to add your group A (class 1 and 2 vehicles) or group B (class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles) assessment certificate.
Add your assessment and certificate details, review the details and save them.
If you’re returning to MOT testing
You need to do more training and take a test if you’re returning to MOT testing.
What you have to do depends on:
- why you stopped testing
- how long you stopped testing for
Published: 8 January 2016
Updated: 25 January 2017
- Added more details about where to record the annual assessment result in the MOT testing service.
- Added more information about where to record the assessment result in the MOT testing service.
- Updated the information about vehicle classes you can test after completing your training and assessment.
- Added information about recording your annual assessment result on the MOT testing service.
- Added information about taking annual training and assessments if you haven't done an MOT test for over 6 months.
- Added information about how to find training providers, record your annual training and book an annual assessment.
- Updated links to training providers.
- Updated with new assessment information.
- Updated with assessment details.
- First published.