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With 2020 (and all its horrors!) almost behind us, it’s time to be thinking about 2021. Time to get ahead of the game and put in place all the necessary actions so you can run your business smoothly and successfully next year.

We’ve been doing the same of course and nearly finished setting the dates for our numerous 2021 training dates. And we’re also providing new online courses, and have added a brand new location to our training venues. Please take a look at our news article announcing our new training partnership Phoenix Van Truck and Trailer Maintenance, based near Heathrow.

But back to you! Have you remembered that training for all qualified MOT Testers is compulsory for anyone who has been qualified for more than one year?

As a reminder should you need it, here is an overview of the MOT Tester Course.

 What’s involved in MOT Tester Training?

The training takes three hours with an Assessment at the end – that assessment consists of 30 questions which must be completed in ONE hour.

It’s an ‘open book’ assessment which means the candidates can look up the answers in either the MOT Guide or MOT Manual – whichever is appropriate. Something to note is that this year there will be questions from both documents – in previous years it has only been the MOT Manual. Testers are finding this quite tricky as they are only used to referring to the Manual – so do be prepared.

I should also point out that the Pass Mark is 80%, up from 70% last year. Some Testers have struggled this year. That’s mainly down to the new, higher pass mark, and also because “management” questions are now included.

What are the subjects for Class 4 and 7 Testers 2020/2021?

Documentation: this section of the training covers questions relating to the issue of 

  • Replacement VT20
  • Duplicate VT20
  • Contingency testing procedures
  • Refusing an MOT
  • Reasons to cancel a test once it has begun
  • What to do when vehicle details have been entered incorrectly
  • What to do is a vehicle has been issued with a prohibition notice
  • What to do is a vehicle has been issued with a notice under the Police Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme

 The disciplinary points system: this will involve questions relating to

  • How disciplinary points can arise
  • What happens if you are issued with disciplinary points?
  • How to return to testing after cessation
  • What points would be issued if incorrect standards were applied, items were not tested, or the correct procedures were not adhered to

Questions on the definition of vehicle classes for Group B include, but are not restricted to

  • What vehicle categories fall under Group B
  • The difference between an M1 and N1 vehicle
  • Dual-purpose vehicles
  • Seating capacity, and the inclusion of wheelchairs

The MOT Manual Inspection manual: questions on but not limited to

  • Retest procedures
  • Brake test procedures
  • Examination of vehicles fitted with an electrical mechanical parking brake
  • Brake calculation
  • Steering/Suspension checks – what checks are to be done using turning plates and what are to be done on a hard standing
  • Diesel smoke testing – correct standards
  • Heatshield missing
  • Testing a two-bar 13 pin electrical socket
  • Headlamps aim European beam pattern tolerances
  • Drivers View
  • Tyres – tread depth requirements, where it is measured, what is measured, stepped tread


Tips on how to training to put you at the best advantage to pass the assessment

It’s important to remember that each of us learns differently. So for the best results, and potentially save you both time and money, make sure you know what suits the learning style of your Tester(s).

There are a few learning options available to you:

  • Use a package of Training and Assessment, i.e. from The IMI
  • Attend a classroom course
  • The Tester can research and study on their own; then use an assessment only package
  • Arrange for a group of Testers to study together – this can be from the same place of work or from other nearby locations

Another choice to be made is whether you learn from on a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Solitary or group learning – which is best?

I’ve mentioned that each one of us learns differently. A lot of this is down to personality – some like peace and solitude, others feel more inspired to learn when in a group where they can get peer support and encouragement.

What I know from being in this business many years is: most people prefer to train as a group. That can be a group using their place of work as the venue. Or, a popular choice is to get away from the work environment (and the inevitable interruptions) by booking a classroom venue.

For example, before they stopped running them, the training at DVSA premises was popular because these sessions provided a professional space where the candidates could meet other Testers. And it offered an opportunity to share ideas with likeminded people. It’s something a lot of Testers we meet say they miss.

When do you need to take the MOT Tester training?

The training year runs from 1 April to 31 March each year.  (Remember though, it was 1 May in 2020 so don’t be confused!)

That being said, the DVSA prefer to see all Testers have completed their training/assessment before the end of December.  The thinking behind this is that if there is something new in the training, then Testers should be completing it sooner rather than later to remain effective and compliant.

NOTE: DVSA computer algorithms are set to automatically penalise Testers who do not complete the training and assessment before the end of Dec! 

Anyone found not to have completed by 1 April will be subject to a temporary suspension. To lift that suspension, they must do the next year’s training/assessment and wait for DVSA to come and complete an observation assessment in the workshop. This can, as you would imagine, take several weeks, during which time that Tester cannot carry out any MOT tests.

The final word…

After completing the assessment, the Tester should make sure he has printed a copy of his certificate and completed a training log and given both to his manager to keep in the MOT Station Compliance Folder. As a reminder, it is part of compliance that these documents are available for every Tester at a station should a DVSA inspector ask to see them.

As always, if you have any questions or would like to know more about booking a course, call me!