Air Conditioning Control Knob

Air Conditioning

It has been a legal requirement since 4th July 2010 that anyone who wants to work on air conditioning systems fitted to vehicles needs to hold an “F-Gas Handling” Qualification. When you successfully complete this one-day course, you will get an IMI Awards QCF certificate which meets this requirement. You will also have gained confidence in how to service, diagnose and repair common faults on air conditioning systems. It’s a busy day, but you will really learn a lot.

Autel MaxiSys Diagnostic Tool

Diagnostics

Every modern car has a multitude of computers on-board, which control all aspects of the vehicle’s operation. There are a number of ways in which to interrogate the computers with scantools to get fault codes, live data streams, and configuration information. You may also need to use multi-meters, or oscilloscopes to find out more about the actual signals on which the computers are basing their calculations. We offer a range of training courses, from one-day introductions up to three-day intensive sessions. You will learn about different types of sensors and actuators, analogue and digital signals, fundamentals of electronic control, understanding fault codes, CAN Bus networks, and how to interpret the data.

Hybrid & Electric Vehicles

This is an area of extreme growth over recent years, the Top-20 car manufacturers are all offering Hybrid or Full-Electric drivetrains in their vehicles  in an effort to meet emission targets. Electric vehicles are not a niche market any more, they are increasingly seen as a viable alternative to combustion engines, and are selling very strongly. The important thing to understand, from a garage’s point of view is that these cars are not something to be feared, they just need to be handled in a slightly different way to a “conventional” car. We have a range of courses, all accredited by IMI Awards, which can give you the confidence and skills to work on these High Voltage vehicles. Past clients have included independent mechanics, first responders, and vehicle equipment manufacturers, so there is something to suit all levels.

MoT - Level 3 Award in Test Centre Management

WHO IS THIS QUALIFICATION FOR?

This qualification is primarily developed for learners who wish to run an MOT Vehicle Test Station (VTS), or who will have direct responsibility for MOT operations at the VTS in the future.

WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN TAKING THIS COURSE?

This qualification will be of interest to those individuals wishing to set up an MOT testing Station, or who may already be MOT Tester and wish to advance their career further.  

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

WHAT WILL THE LEARNER STUDY AS PART OF THIS QUALIFICATION?

The content of this qualification has been designed to reflect the contents of the National Occupational Standards for MOT Managers.
The content covered includes:

  • Managing the legislative and compliance requirements of a VTS
  • Dealing with customer service problems and complaints
  • Developing and supervising staff within a test centre
  • and test centre quality systems and audits.

APPROPRIATE CONTENT

The content of this qualification has been designed to cover the requirements for all prospective MOT Managers. It is based on the suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) developed by the IMI in conjunction with DVSA and the MOT industry in 2015.

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

This qualification is subject to externally set and externally marked assessment in the form of an online test delivered through the IMI online testing platform.

IMI has therefore developed a bank of questions that will be randomly selected to cover the knowledge requirements of the qualification.

The test consists of 35 questions, to be answered in 75 minutes and spans the breadth of the content for each of the units.

MoT - Level 2 Award in MoT Testing (Class 4 & 7)

WHO IS THIS QUALIFICATION FOR?

This qualification is for individuals who want, or need to become MOT testers. To be eligible to undertake this qualification in order to be an MOT Tester, a learner must:

  • have a current and full UK driving licence for the vehicle classes they want to test
  • be a skilled mechanic with at least 4 years full-time employment in the service and repair of the vehicle types to be tested. (Apprentices who have been employed for 4 years are eligible.)
  • have no unspent convictions for criminal offences connected with the MOT testing scheme or the motor trade, or involving acts of violence or intimidation
  • be ‘of good repute’
  • and to become a nominated tester (NT) for class 3, 4, 5 or 7 vehicles they must also have an ‘appropriate’ qualification.

WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN TAKING THIS QUALIFICATION?

This qualification is primarily developed for those individuals who wish to enhance their career by qualifying as an MOT Tester. Achievement of this qualification enables them to apply to undertake the DVSA final observed assessment in order to achieve their Certificate of Competence (CoC), enabling them to become a Nominated Tester. 

WHAT WILL THE LEARNER STUDY AS PART OF THIS QUALIFICATION?

The content of this qualification has been designed to reflect the contents of the National Occupational Standards for MOT Testers.
The content of the qualification includes:

  • working safely within a vehicle test centre
  • communicating with colleagues and customers
  • how to manage and maintain their CPD
  • carrying out pre-test checks
  • carrying out an MOT test

APPROPRIATE CONTENT

The content of these qualifications has been designed to cover the requirements for all prospective Nominated Testers. It is based on the suite of National Occupational Standards (NOS) developed by the IMI in conjunction with DVSA and the MOT industry in 2015.

EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

These qualifications are subject to externally set and externally marked assessment in the form of online tests delivered through the IMI online testing platform.

Therefore IMI has developed a bank of questions that will be randomly selected to cover the knowledge requirements of the qualification. This test will consist of 40 questions, to be answered in 75 minutes and will span the breadth of the content for each of the units.

 

 

Vehicle Technicians Accredited Assessment (VTAA)

Vehicle Technicians Accredited Assessment (VTAA)

The Vehicle Technicians Accredited Assessment (VTAA) recognises the equivalent of Level 3 knowledge and skills for technicians who do not hold a formal qualification.

The accreditation enables motor vehicle technicians who have worked in their roles for four or more years to prove their capabilities at Level 3.

Successful completion of the VTAA means that technicians, without a Level 3 qualification, can progress to a Level 2 Award in MOT Testing and go onto gain DVSA recognition for MOT testing under the new requirements.

What does the VTAA involve?

To complete the VTAA, technicians will need to complete four practical assessments for each of the following National Occupational Standards areas:

Brakes
Suspension, steering, wheels and tyres
Emissions
Electrics
In total, a technician will complete 20 tasks, which will each have its own resource documents providing guidance and instruction.

Technicians, taking the VTAA, will also need to complete an online knowledge assessment consisting of 10 questions for each module (a total of 50 questions). The modules are:

Brakes
Suspension
Steering, wheels and tyres
Emissions
Electrics
Technicians will be required to pass with a score of 60%.