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Level: 3

Location: Johnson Building

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 8.00

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

Days / Times: Contact Us

Tuition (£): 350.00*

Exams (£): 50.00**

Interview: Y

Course Summary

IMI Accreditations are a national voluntary scheme which tests the competence of individuals working in the retail automotive industry who are committed to an ethical code of conduct. 

It gives light vehicle technicians:

  • proof of current technical competence and ethical responsibility
  • enhanced status as an accredited technician

This pathway is also recognised by the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) as a pathway to achieve a Level 3 standard to become an MOT tester.

This assessment must be reaccredited every 3 years upon achievement.

Entry requirements

Inspection technician candidates must be able to work unsupervised and should have been in full-time employment within the motor industry (as a vehicle technician) for at least three years to ensure they have the experience and familiarity with the techniques for vehicle servicing, inspection and system(s) diagnosis.

Course Content

This accreditation is either held over either one full day or two evenings.  Once you have been briefed on the assessments and equipment, it will only involve the assessment of your current skill level and competency, no training is given.

How will I be assessed?

Candidates are assessed on six prescribed practical inspection assessments and two online exams. Areas covered include:

  • Electrical Systems
  • Braking System 
  • Steering & Suspension System
  • Vehicle Structure
  • Vehicle Appraisal

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You must bring and wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for working on a vehicle - protective clothing and safety shoes. All other equipment will be provided.

What can I do after this course?

You can apply to become an MOT Tester with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). 


* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
** Exam - This fee is to cover the cost of registration with the relevant awarding body.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Johnson Building

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Derby College is an IMI recognised employer

Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College
Michelle Barratt, IMI Business Development Manager. Left: Matthew Curtis, Motor Vehicle Team Manager Derby College

The IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry) Employer Recognition Scheme demonstrates our expertise, knowledge, commitment to ethical conduct and continuing professional development.

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Zubair Hussain

Zubair Hussain

Degree in motorsport engineering puts Zubair on career fast track

When vehicle technician Zubair Hussain enrolled on Derby College's motor vehicle course he had no GCSEs just a love of cars and a willingness to learn.He had missed out on sitting his GCSEs at school but was keen to gain qualifications and train for a job that really interested him.And after achieving levels 1, 2 and 3 over successive years along with maths and English qualifications, Zubair secured a place at the University of Derby.He initially took a foundation degree in Motorsport Engineering before topping it up and graduating 14 months ago with a 2:2 BEng honours degree.Zubair now works as a vehicle technician at Sam Autos, an independent garage in Normanton, Derby,Now he is qualified, Zubair wants to gain as much experience as he can to take him to the next the stage in his career.Zubair would ultimately like his own garage one day and is grateful to Derby College for putting him on the road to a fulfilling and skilled job with great financial prospects.Zubair enjoys mentoring trainee vehicle technicians and advises students on Derby College's motor vehicle course to "work hard and make the most of a great opportunity."He said:

I couldn't believe it. I'd always thought that uni was for clever people and I'd never thought of myself as clever.
"It was my Derby College lecturer Matt Curtis who encouraged me to go and do a degree. Our lecturers were great – just the best. They really wanted us to succeed.

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