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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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Jamie Rushton

Jamie Rushton

On the road to a career in the motor vehicle industry

Banger racing enthusiast Jamie Rushton has enjoyed tinkering with cars for as long as he can remember. So, when a Derby College motor vehicle apprenticeship came up at A&M Motors in Church Gresley, he seized the opportunity.

As the firm’s first apprentice, his progress has been so impressive that he is set to be taken on permanently when his training programme finishes in 2015.

Jamie appreciates the support he receives from his College tutors and assessors. He also enjoys his day release experience at The Garage, our commercial facility.

The apprenticeship links in perfectly with Jamie’s favourite past time of banger racing. He takes part in racing events all over the country.

I’m in the right job: I’ve always wanted to be around cars and I know I always will. I’ve carried out some quite demanding jobs since I started my apprenticeship. We also get the chance to learn different things at College and to talk to each other about what we’ve been doing at work.
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