How to become an MOT Tester

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How to become an MOT Tester in the UK

Becoming an MOT (Ministry of Transport) tester in the UK involves several steps and meeting certain requirements. An MOT tester is responsible for conducting vehicle inspections to ensure they meet safety and environmental standards. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to become an MOT tester in the UK:


Check the eligibility criteria

  • You MUST be at least 18 years old.
  • You MUST possess a valid UK driving licence for the vehicle categories you want to test (e.g. class 4, 5 or 7).
  • You MUST have a minimum of 4 years of full-time experience working on relevant vehicles. This experience must be obtained after getting your driving licence.


Gain relevant experience

Work in a garage or automotive repair facility to accumulate the required four years of experience. This experience should involve maintenance, servicing, or repair of the vehicle classes you wish to test.


Obtain a relevant qualification

Complete a Level 3 vocational qualification in vehicle maintenance and repair (e.g., NVQ or City & Guilds) relevant to the classes of vehicles you want to test. This qualification should be gained within the last five years.


Apply for an MOT Tester Training course

Look for an approved MOT tester training course. These courses are usually provided by accredited training centres or organisations approved by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). You can <a href=”” style=”color:#f7be39″>check our directory for the nearest MOT training providers to you</a>.


Pass the MOT Tester Training course

Enrol in the training course and successfully complete all required modules and assessments.


Apply for approval as an MOT Tester

Once you have successfully completed the training course, apply to the DVSA to become an MOT tester. You will need to fill out an application form, provide evidence of your qualifications and experience, and pay the appropriate fee.


Take the MOT Tester assessment

After submitting your application, you will be scheduled for an MOT tester assessment. This assessment involves a practical test where you will be observed conducting MOT tests under supervision (more commonly called an <a href=”” target=”_blank” style=”color:#f7be39″>MOT Demonstration Test</a>)


Receive your MOT Tester status

If you pass the MOT tester assessment, you will be granted tester status by the DVSA and you will now be able to conduct MOT tests at any VTS for the vehicle classes you have been signed off for.


It is essential to keep in mind that the process and requirements may change over time, so it is best to check with the DVSA or official Government websites for the most current and accurate information before proceeding with your application.

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