Appendix 6: Tester Training and Demonstration Tests
1. Training General
In addition to meeting the criteria given in Section E2 prospective Testers must successfully complete an initial training course that explains the processes of MOT testing and reinforces the standards set out in the relevant Inspection Manual. They must also satisfactorily complete an observed demonstration test for an officer of DVSA.
Testers may be required to complete additional training and observed demonstration tests before being allowed to test vehicles in classes that they have not previously been testing. The following table indicates the circumstances in which Testers and potential Testers are required to attend training courses, annual or additional training and to provide practical demonstrations of their testing competence to DVSA.
2. Test Groups
For the purpose of demonstration tests, vehicles are grouped as follows:
• Group A - for all vehicles in class 1 and 2;
• Group B – for all vehicles in classes 3, 4, 4A, 5, 5A and 7.
With group B classes a demonstration test may be required for each vehicle class within the test group. In some cases a demonstration test may be observed on one class and the Tester questioned about class variation to assess their competency on the other vehicles in this test group.
3. MOT Training requirements for Testers (all classes)
MOT Tester training is delivered by 3rd party training providers and is paid for by Tester candidates.
These qualifications are Level 2 Award in MOT testing in either:
• Class 1 and 2 vehicles (Group A)
• Class 4 and 7 vehicles (Group B)
4. Class 3 and 5 vehicles
Testers wishing to test Class 3 or 5 vehicles will be required to carry out additional training and a further demonstration test with DVSA before testing this type of vehicle.
Email email@example.com for details of where you can take class 3 and 5 training.
There is a charge for training. Each course provider sets their own price so the costs can vary.
Training and demonstration test requirements
• From the date of issue of a Level 2 Award in MOT Testing, a demonstration test must be successfully completed on a vehicle of testable age, within 6 months. If the request for a demonstration test is over 6 months and up to 5 years from that date, the current years MOT annual training and MOT annual assessment and any additional training must be completed prior to the demonstration. Should this time period exceed 5 years they will need to re-attend initial training.
• To maintain their testing status, a tester must complete a full MOT test within a 6 month period. If a full test is not completed the testers status becomes lapsed.
• Testers who wish to resume testing following a lapse of over 6 months and up to 5 years must complete the current years MOT annual training and MOT annual assessment and any additional training prior to the demonstration test.
• Testers following the issue of a formal warning or short term cessation, will need to complete the current year’s annual training and MOT annual assessment and any additional training to ensure they are up to date with the current standards. If the current years training and assessment have already been completed the tester will not need to redo them. However if directed, they must take the appropriate additional training where requested within the disciplinary decision letter issued by DVSA and ensure all areas of weakness have been covered. All training must be complete prior to conducting the demonstration test.
• Testers returning to testing following a 2 or 5 year cessation or following a lapse of 5 years will need to attend initial training and complete a demonstration test.
4. MOT Annual Training for Testers
Testers must complete at least three hours training (16 hours over a rolling five year period) annually and successfully complete the annual assessment.
How MOT annual training is completed is purely at the discretion of the Tester and Authorised Examiner, which best suits the individual or organisational needs and requirements.
Further information can be found on www.gov.uk/guidance/mot-training
The annual assessment is available from Awarding Organisations and is a pay per assessment approach. On successful completion of an assessment, the candidate will be provided with a certificate and a record of this assessment must be recorded on MOT Testing Service.
5. Record Annual Training
A written record of a Tester annual training must be kept which will be checked by DVSA staff. Records have to be kept for at least five years.
The training record must include at least the following:
• Tester name and user ID
• which groups the training covered
• the date of the training
• how long the training session lasted
• what topics were covered during the session
• notes on what you did, how you did and what you learned
Note: Training records may be retained in Paper or electronic formats.
6. Additional Training
If the work of a Tester reveals shortcomings in the required standards, DVSA may recommend that they carry out additional appropriate training. This may range from reading inspection manuals to sourcing external training support.
This recommendation does not prevent the Tester from continuing to test, but failure to act upon it could decrease the value of anything put to DVSA in mitigation should formal disciplinary action against the Tester be considered by DVSA within the following five years.
7. Demonstration Tests
At various times, Testers and prospective Testers will be required to carry out an observed demonstration test to show that they are capable of testing in the required manner and applying the required standards.
7.1 Assessment of New and returning Testers
The assessment of new Testers, Testers seeking to test additional classes and returning Testers following a lapse in testing (see table above) will be scored using a Major and Minor error approach. If the demonstration is not completely satisfactory, counselling and advice may be given and written appropriate to the assessment result which will either be Pass or Fail as set out in Appendix 8.9.
Group A (Class 1 & 2) to Pass the assessment the Tester requires:
• no Major errors
• no more than 4 Minor errors in total across all sections
• not to exceed the total minors allowed as noted in any one section
Group B (Class 3, 4, 5&7) to Pass the assessment the Tester requires:
• no Major errors
• no more than 6 Minor errors in total across all sections
• not to exceed the total minors allowed as noted in any one section
7.2 Assessment of continuing competence
A current Tester may be requested by DVSA to carry out a demonstration test to monitor test standards and ensure continuing competence. Should this assessment not be completed satisfactorily, counselling may be given and written or disciplinary action may be taken in accordance with the disciplinary procedures (see Section I).
Such demonstration tests will be scored using the points system set out in Appendix 8.2 and 8.3.
a. if the candidate scores no more than 9 points, the assessment is considered to be Satisfactory however, counselling on any shortcomings should be noted;
b. if the candidate scores 10 to 29 points, the assessment is considered to have displayed Minor Shortcomings however, counselling on any shortcomings should be noted and the Tester should revise their knowledge and overcome the weaknesses noted. The Tester maybe required to carry out a further Demonstration test for DVSA.
c. if the candidate scores 30 points or more, the assessment is considered to be Unsatisfactory and this may result in disciplinary action.
8. Arranging a Demonstration Test
A demonstration test is arranged by calling the DVSA Customer Service Centre. This is for new or returning testers and testers that need a demo test following a training module to add an addition al test calls. Before arranging the demonstration test, the Candidate must be satisfied that they can competently test appropriate vehicles, can use the MOT Testing Service to obtain information, record and confirm test results both directly and indirectly using Contingency testing.
Before requesting a demo test a candidate must record their MOT Tester qualification certificate details onto the MOT Testing Service and has ordered, received and activated their MOT security card.
The request will be processed and the candidate will be later contacted by a DVSA examiner to arrange the demonstration test.
Note: Ideally, the demonstration test should be carried out within one month of the training course to which it is linked.
At VTSs equipped with an ATL or OPTL the demonstration test must be conducted using an assistant with the equipment in the manual mode with additional questioning and/or demonstration to ensure the Tester can test with and without an assistant as well as demonstrating competence in equipment operation.
An activated MOT security card is required before a demonstration test takes place.
9. Use of the MOT Testing Service
As part of or in addition to the demonstration test Testers and prospective Testers will be required to demonstrate satisfactorily that they can use the MOT Testing Service. In order to become a Tester or continue to test a Tester will be assessed using the criteria in E3.3 of this section and on their ability to use the MOT Testing Service. Where the satisfactory use of the MOT Testing Service has not been demonstrated the following action may be taken:
a. in the case of a prospective Tester they will not be allowed to test until they have demonstrated satisfactory use of the MOT Testing Service;
b. in the case of an existing Tester they will be advised of their shortcoming and recommended that they carry out additional training in the use of the system in order to become proficient.
Note: Testers who have difficulty in using the MOT Testing Service due to reading difficulties e.g. Dyslexia should contact the DVSA Customer Service Centre.