MOT Tester

This qualification will allow Technicians to enhance their capabilities and become operative as a MOT Tester; increasing levels of productivity and often seen as a great platform to grow a business. 

MOT Tester

Overview of Course

When you apply for the Award in MOT Testing Qualification course through an Approved Awarding Organisation Centre such as Mantra Learning, you will still need to show that you meet the qualifying criteria to become a Nominated Tester which includes:

  • Have a current and full UK driving licence for the vehicle classes they want to test
  • Be a skilled mechanic with at least 4 years full-time employment in the service and repair of the vehicle types to be tested.
  • Have no unspent convictions for criminal offences connected with the MOT testing scheme or the motor trade, or involving acts of violence or intimidation
  • Be ‘of good repute’
  • Become a nominated tester (NT) for class 3, 4, 5 or 7 vehicles
  • They must also have an ‘appropriate’ qualification.
  • Complete a VT8 (Demonstration Test) which will be observed by DVSA.

This can now be achieved at your Vehicle Testing Station or at a training provider centre.

Once you have achieved both the MOT Qualification and the VT8 (Demonstration Test), you will then be able to carry out MOTs at a Vehicle Testing Station.

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What you will learn

The content of the qualification includes:

  • Working safely within a vehicle test centre
  • Communicating with colleagues and customers
  • How to manage and maintain your CPD
  • Carrying out pre-test checks
  • Carrying out an MOT test


The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has changed how MOT training is done. The 5-year MOT tester refresher course has been replaced by annual CPD training and an online assessment.

MOT testers must complete the MOT CPD training and pass an online assessment between 1 April and 31 March each year to keep their tester status.

• This must be at least 3 hours of training each year, and
16 hours in the rolling 5-year period
• You must keep a record of your training
• You must take your annual assessment
• You must record your assessment result

If you fail to take the annual assessment by 31 March
this could affect your testing status and you could face
disciplinary action.

See MOT CPD for further information.

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