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This course is designed to prepare individuals to proficiently manage MOT test centres, encompassing operations, regulations, and effective managerial practices for successful operation.

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Course Code: MITA-L3MTCM
Ofqual Code: 601/8934/4
TQT: Total Qualification Time – Estimated learner hours needed to achieve required qualification level through learning and demonstrating attainment. 24 hours
GLH: Guided Learning Hours – Refers to guided education or training time, including teaching, instruction, and assessment, supervised by tutors or instructors. 16 hours
Qualifications      Level 3 award in MOT test centre management

Level 3 Award in MOT Test Centre Management

Qualification for managing MOT test centres, covering operational, regulatory, and managerial aspects.
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No prerequisites
16 hours
About this course
The Level 3 Award in MOT Test Centre Management has been developed in collaboration with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency DVSA to give Learners the knowledge and skills required to manage MOT Vehicle Test Centres or who will have direct responsibility for MOT operations at the VTS in the future.

This qualification is required if you wish to run an MOT Vehicle Test Station and is fully recognised and endorsed by DVSA.

The Level 3 Award in MOT Test Centre Management qualification is a lifetime qualification, which means that it will not expire, and holders will be considered professionally competent for the rest of their lives.

This Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) approved qualification covers managing legislative and compliance requirements of a vehicle test centre, managing the service offered to customers, developing staff and how to manage Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) test centre quality audits.

The qualification culminates in an invigilated multiple-choice online examination; there are 35 questions in total. The test is made up of two sections; the first section comprises 31 questions, which are presented in a randomised order and the second section comprises a scenario with 4 related questions. The duration of the test is 75 minutes and a mark of 80% or over is required to gain a pass.

It is not appropriate or feasible that learners for MOT Manager Training should have to memorise all of the information needed for assessment. A large part of the assessment of a learner’s performance is the ability to locate the information in the relevant documents. The following clarifies the resources that can be made available.

Documents that can be found on the home page of MOT Testing Service:
  • Special Notices
  • Inspection Manuals for vehicle classes 1-2, and 3-7 (although these may not be required)
  • MOT Testing Guide
  • Running an MOT Test Station
  • Additional DVSA supporting information relating to running an MOT test station, site reviews and risk rating
Learners are not expected to have access to material which is deliberately designed to inform the learner of the likely answers. The assessment of learner’s ability to source information in the DVSA published literature should not be diminished.

As MOT Test Centre Managers need to access DVSA material during their normal testing activities, scribes or readers will not be allowed during the online assessment.

Course duration
16 Guided Learning Hours
Generally indicates the time a learner is being taught, instructed or participating in education or training under guidance or supervision of a tutor, lecturer etc (this can also include assessment time).

24 Hours Total Qualification Time
Total Qualification Time (TQT) is the number of notional hours which represents an estimate of the total amount of time that could reasonably be expected for a learner to achieve and demonstrate the achievement of the level of attainment necessary for the award of a qualification.

Who is this course designed for?
It is aimed at current MOT Test Centre Managers who wish to have their skills and experience recognised or for approved MOT Testers who wish to move into MOT Test Centre Management.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, the DVSA will check its criteria when you apply to become an MOT Manager. It is therefore important that you check you meet the requirements on the website:

  • 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
  • Must be able to read and speak English
This qualification specification is only available in the medium of English. The MOT Testing Manual, MOT Testing Guide and other published documents are a key source of information and are also only available in English. You must be conversant in English language prior to undertaking these qualifications.

MITA cannot accept any registrations for learners under the age of 18 as these qualifications are not approved for learners under 18.

Progression opportunities
A qualified MOT Manager is eligible to become an Authorised Examiner (AE)/Authorised Examiner Designated Manager (AEDM) without any further competence assessment by DVSA as long as they meet all other requirements.

Qualified MOT Test Centre Managers can complete further management qualifications to improve their management skills.