Annual Assessment

The new Annual Assessment for 2017/18 is now available. All MOT Testers are required to take the Annual Assessment and complete at least three hours of training during the course of the year, in order to maintain their testing status and remain up-to-date with best practice methods.


To meet the Annual Assessment requirements, you must complete and record at least three hours training each year. This training will need to cover the mandatory elements outlined in the DVSA’s Annual Training syllabus.

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There are many ways you can complete this training, including individual study and shadowing a colleague. You may also choose to complete this training more formally; for details of who can offer this support, please get in touch by emailing or by calling 0115 854 1398.



The 2017/18 Annual Assessment will consist of 30 online multiple-choice questions and can be taken at any time, whether you are at home, at work or sitting the assessment in a designated ABC Awards Centre. The pass rate for this year’s Annual Assessment has been set at 60% by the DVSA.

Each year, the DVSA will publish an Annual Training syllabus outlining the mandatory elements the assessment will be based on. The Annual Assessment will also cover new information from MOT special notices, additional guidance published by the DVSA, and MOT inspection standards and procedures for your relevant vehicle class.

For individuals the cost of the Annual Assessment is £35 all inclusive. To pay for multiple tests of less than 20 please contact us on 0115 854 1398. On receipt of payment our team will issue you with voucher codes which will allow you to access the Annual Assessment.

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All testers who pass the Annual Assessment via the ABC Awards MOT website will receive a Certificate of Achievement as evidence of passing. If you do not pass the Annual Assessment the first time, further attempts will be charged at £35 all inclusive.


ABC Awards is a registered charity and we are committed to helping businesses find the best possible solutions to support your employees’ learning and skills. As such, we are happy to discuss your needs and support you in developing a package which suits your business, and those of your MOT Testers. We will also consider all price match requests to ensure we are are able to offer you the best value solution, whether you have worked with us before or are new to ABC Awards.

For purchases of multiple tests of more than 20 per year, please call a member of our team on 0115 854 1398, to find out how we can best support you.



The DVSA has changed the way new MOT testers become qualified for testing status. All new MOT testers are now required to complete the Level 2 Award in MOT Testing for their relevant vehicle class.

The Level 2 Award in MOT Testing has been developed in collaboration with the DVSA to give learners the knowledge and skills required to perform MOT tests to the required standard. Once passed, new MOT testers can apply to the DVSA for their Certificate of Competence and begin conducting MOT tests.

There are two Awards in MOT Testing available depending on your vehicle class:

  • Level 2 Award in MOT Testing (Classes 1 and 2)
  • Level 2 Award in MOT Testing (Classes 4 and 7)

ABC Awards qualifications are lifetime qualifications, which means that you will not need to renew your qualification. You will be considered professionally competent for the rest of your life. All MOT testers will, however, have to complete Annual Training and an Annual Assessment in order to maintain their testing status.

The Level 2 Award in MOT Testing will teach you:

  • safe working practices in Testing Centres
  • working relationships within the Testing Centre
  • how to manage professional development as an MOT tester
  • how to carry out pre-test checks for a statutory periodic roadworthiness test
  • how to carry out a statutory periodic roadworthiness test.

Within the 24 guided learning hours, delivery of the qualification must include a minimum of eight hours practical training. With assistance, learners must complete an entire simulated, uninterrupted MOT test for the relevant vehicle class. The simulated MOT test must be carried out in a training environment that meets the DVSA’s standard requirements. This includes the MOT computer testing service system and assessment of all units in the qualification.

Learners will also need to sit an externally set and externally marked examination which will test the knowledge they have gained from learning.

In order to take the Level 2 Award in MOT Testing, learners must have:

  • a Level 3 Motor Vehicle qualification
  • a current and full UK driving licence for the relevant vehicle class
  • at least four years full-time employment in service and repair of the relevant vehicle class

This qualification is available for Centres to deliver for just £40 per learner. More information is available on the ABC Awards website. To deliver this qualification, please contact our team on 0115 854 1398, who will be happy to discuss the approval process with you.


ABC Awards has also developed a new Level 3 Award in MOT Test Centre Management, developed in collaboration with the DVSA to give learners the knowledge and skills required to manage MOT Vehicle Test Centres.

This qualification will teach you how to:

  • manage the legislative and compliance knowledge required to manage an MOT Test Centre
  • effectively encourage improvements in customer service
  • develop and supervise staff within a Testing Centre
  • understand the Centre quality systems and audits.

This qualification has 16 GLH and learners will be assessed through an online multiple choice examination.

This qualification is available for centres to deliver. More information about this qualification is available on the ABC Awards website. To deliver this qualification, please contact our team on 0115 854 1398, who will be happy to discuss the approval process with you.

Vehicle Technicians Accredited Assessment (VTAA)

The Vehicle Technicians Accredited Assessment (VTAA) recognises the equivalent of Level 3 knowledge and skills for technicians who do not hold a formal qualification.

The accreditation enables motor vehicle technicians who have worked in their roles for four or more years to prove their capabilities at Level 3.

Successful completion of the VTAA means that technicians, without a Level 3 qualification, can progress to a Level 2 Award in MOT Testing and go onto gain DVSA recognition for MOT testing under the new requirements.

What does the VTAA involve?

To complete the VTAA, technicians will need to complete four practical assessments for each of the following National Occupational Standards areas:

  • Brakes
  • Suspension, steering, wheels and tyres
  • Emissions
  • Electrics

In total, a technician will complete 20 tasks, which will each have its own resource documents providing guidance and instruction.

Technicians, taking the VTAA, will also need to complete an online knowledge assessment consisting of 10 questions for each module (a total of 50 questions). The modules are:

  • Brakes
  • Suspension
  • Steering, wheels and tyres
  • Emissions
  • Electrics

Technicians will be required to pass with a score of 60%.

Want to do the assessment?

To find out more about where you can enrol for the assessment please contact us on  0115 854 1398 or email

Become an Approved Assessment Centre

The VTAA is now available to be delivered as a complete accreditation or as individual modules contributing to a full accreditation. To find out how to become an assessment centre for the VTAA and pricing information please contact us on 0115 854 1398 or email


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Why has MOT training changed?

The DVSA has changed the way MOT tester training is carried out by introducing a nationally-recognised qualification for all MOT testers. The new system aims to modernise the MOT scheme and increase professionalism. The new changes provide MOT testers with the flexibility to choose how they complete their Annual Training and an easy-to-use online Annual Assessment which gives instant results.

What are the new requirements?

Anyone who wants to become an MOT tester will now need to take a Level 2 Award in MOT Testing in order to be qualified to conduct MOT tests.

If you are already an MOT tester, you will be required to complete a minimum of three hours of Annual Training each year and an Annual Assessment to maintain your testing status. MOT testers will no longer need to attend a five-year refresher course.

Will I have to complete an MOT qualification if I am already an MOT tester?

You will only need to complete the Level 2 Award in MOT Testing qualification if you are new to MOT testing. All current MOT testers, who have been previously assessed by the DVSA, will not have to complete the new qualification. All MOT testers will have to complete the Annual Assessment and relevant Annual Training.

Once I’ve completed the Level 2 Award in MOT Testing, will I be able to conduct MOT tests immediately?

Once you have completed the qualification, you will need to apply for a DVSA Certificate of Competence before you can begin conducting MOT tests. You will only be able to achieve a Certificate of Competence on successful completion of the Level 2 Award in MOT Testing for your relevant vehicle class. More information about this will be made available to you on completion of the qualification.

If I want to be an MOT tester for multiple vehicle classes, will I need to complete more than one qualification?

Yes. Each of the Level 2 Awards in MOT Testing has been designed specifically to develop competence in a specific vehicle class. This means if you want to become an MOT tester for multiple vehicle classes, you will need to take multiple qualifications.

What will the Annual Assessment look like?

The online Annual Assessment will contain 30 multiple choice questions which cover topics from the DVSA’s Annual Training syllabus, MOT special notices, and MOT inspection standards and procedures for the relevant vehicle class.

Where can I sit the Annual Assessment?

The Annual Assessment is an online test and can be completed anywhere you have internet access, including in the comfort of your own home, at work, at a local library, or at an ABC Awards Centre.

What score do I need to pass the Annual Assessment?

You will need to score a mark of 60% or more in order to pass the Annual Assessment.

What if I have technical difficulties during the Annual Assessment?

If you have any difficulties, or require support during the Annual Assessment, please call us on 0115 854 1620 or email, where a member of our team will be happy to provide support.

Will I have to take Annual Assessments for each vehicle class?

Yes. There are separate Annual Assessments for vehicle classes 1 and 2, and for vehicle classes 3, 4, 5 and 7. In order to maintain your testing status for both vehicle classes, you may need to complete additional Annual Training hours and you will need to sit both assessments.

Where the same topic appears in both Annual Training syllabuses, you will only have to complete this training once. For example, if the Annual Assessment for vehicle classes 1 and 2 covers signalling, brakes and CPD planning, and the Annual Assessment for vehicle classes 3, 4, 5 and 7 covers driver’s view of the road, headlamp aim and CPD planning, you will only need to record training for CPD planning once.

When will I be able to sit next year’s Annual Assessment?

After the initial year, the Annual Assessment will be available from 1 April for that year. So the 2017/18 Annual Assessment will be available from 1 April 2017 and must be completed by 31 March 2018.

What is the Annual Training syllabus?

The Annual Training syllabus will be published each year by the DVSA. It outlines the relevant topics you will need to revise for the Annual Training and Annual Assessment. The syllabus will be renewed every year and will test you on different topics than the year before.

Where can I do my Annual Training?

The Annual Training can be done on your own by refreshing your knowledge from the MOT inspection manual and shadowing colleagues, or you may choose to complete Annual Training provided by a college, training provider, or organised by your employer. Your Annual Training can be completed in bite-sized chunks throughout the year or all in one go, depending on your preferred way of learning. All methods of training will contribute towards your three hours minimum as long as they are recorded.

If you require a more formal Annual Training package, please get in touch with our team who can refer you to organisations who provide this service.

Does the Annual Assessment count towards my Annual Training?

No, the Annual Assessment is separate from the Annual Training and must be completed in addition to doing three hours minimum of Annual Training.

How do I record my Annual Training?

Your Annual Training can be recorded in any way you choose, but you may find it easiest to download our Annual Training Log for a simple way to record the topic you have revised and how you completed the training. You will find this document in the Annual Training section of this website.

Are there any additional Annual Training requirements?

Although the minimum Annual Training requirement is three hours, you will need to ensure you have completed a minimum of 16 hours over a consecutive five-year period. This means that for at least one of those five years, you will need to ensure you have completed at least four hours of Annual Training.

If I want to become an MOT trainer, what are the requirements?

If you want to become an MOT trainer, you will need to apply for a position at an MOT Testing Centre or training provider. All MOT trainers must be current or previous MOT testers or have previously delivered DVSA MOT tester courses. You must also have gained the MOT qualification you intend to deliver or completed relevant training such as DVSA delivered training. All MOT trainers must complete the Annual Training required by the DVSA, but will not have to take the Annual Assessment required of MOT testers (unless you also wish to be a practising MOT tester).

What are the requirements for delivering the Level 2 Award in MOT Testing?

You will need to attend DVSA-approved training before you are able to deliver the qualifications to learners. This can be done by the DVSA, via an ABC Awards Moderator visiting your site, or by attending one of the ABC Awards one-day events at our offices in Nottingham. To find out more, please speak to a member of our team.

You will need to be an ABC Awards Recognised Centre to deliver the qualifications. We do not charge an annual fee to our Centres, however if you have not delivered regulated qualifications before we may need to carry out a site visit which will incur a one-off fee. You can find out more by visiting the ABC Awards website.

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If you require further information or support please call us on 0115 854 1398 and ask to speak to our team or email