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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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Sukjevan Dhindsa

Sukjevan Dhindsa

Motor Vehicle apprentice Jeeves on road to becoming Master Technician

Former Derby College motor vehicle student Sukjevan Dhindsa intends to go as far as he possibly can in his career as a motor technician.
Sukjevan – or Jeeves as he is better known to his friends – is aiming to become a Master Technician after being taken on as an apprentice with VW Parkway in Derby.
Jeeves who is 17 and from Sinfin, was offered the apprenticeship while on work placement as part of his full-time Motor Vehicle course with Derby College.
He joined VW Parkway in August and will shortly be embarking on VW's own apprenticeship training scheme at Milton Keynes.
Once qualified Jeeves would like to work towards every certificate on offer via VW until he becomes a Master Technician. It is the highest level attainable and a qualification which demonstrates diagnostics expertise in areas which include electrical systems, engine performance, heating and air conditioning and engine repair.
Jeeves is settling in well in his new role and is enjoying learning new things every day. He particularly likes working with engines and diagnostics and has found the experienced technicians at the dealership to be approachable and helpful.
Jeeves loved his time at Derby College and was impressed by both the theoretical and practical teaching he received there.
He said:

I would definitely recommend my college course. My message to potential students would be to go along to the induction days and enrolment days and find out all you can about the course that interests you. I wouldn't be where I am now without Derby College.

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