TAKE THE MOT ANNUAL ASSESSMENT NOW

If you are already an MOT tester you can take the Annual Assessment for 2017/18.

WHY TEST WITH US?

We are committed to supporting your career, because we want you to be at your best.

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  • We’re part of a charitable organisation
  • Unparalleled customer service
  • Highly experienced support team
  • We listen to you.

We Save You Money

  • £35 all inclusive Annual Assessment fee
  • No hidden/added charges
  • No membership fees
  • Bulk discount on purchases of 20+ assessments.

Free Training Resources

  • Easy access to all study resources
  • Easy to use organisational resources
  • No costly, unnecessary training programmes.

Business to Business Excellence

  • Comprehensive business support
  • Simple, streamlined communications
  • Bulk discount on purchases of more than 20 assessments
  • Established, committed, and connected.

WHAT KIND OF TESTER ARE YOU?

Click on a question below to get more information.

Want to become an MOT tester for Light Vehicles or Motorcycles?+

If you are not an MOT tester, there are different routes to becoming one. You can:

Are you already an MOT Tester?+

If you are already an MOT tester and you want to take your Annual Assessment, you can:

Want to qualify to Level 3?+

If you would like to become a Test Centre Manager, you can:

Want to become an MOT trainer?+

If you want to become an MOT trainer, you will need to:

  • Have sufficient knowledge and skills in the subject matter being taught to MOT testers
  • Gained the qualification which you want to teach, or have completed relevant MOT training recognised by ABC Awards. This includes DVSA delivered training or onboarding sessions delivered by ABC Awards or another DVSA approved awarding organisation.
  • Complete the Annual Training required by the DVSA (but, as an MOT trainer, you do not have to take the Annual Assessment required of MOT testers, unless you also wish to be a practising MOT tester).
  • Apply for a position at an MOT Testing Centre or training provider
  • For the MOT tester qualifications, you will also need to be a current or previous MOT tester or have previously delivered DVSA MOT tester courses.

Your training will require:

  • An ABC Awards moderator to visit your site to train you OR
  • You will need to be an ABC Awards Recognised Centre to deliver the qualifications. 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.

Want to take your VTAA?+

What is the Vehicle Technicians Accredited Assessment?

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

If you’re a motor vehicle technician who has worked in your role for four or more years, you can take the VTAA to prove your 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 on to gain DVSA recognition for MOT testing under the new requirements.

What do I need to know to take the VTAA?

To complete the VTAA, you must complete four practical assessments for each of the following National Occupational Standards areas:

  • brakes
  • suspension, steering, wheels and tyres
  • emissions
  • electrics.

In total, you will complete 20 tasks.

If you take the VTAA, you 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.

What score do I need to pass the VTAA?

You must score 60% to pass.

Want to do the VTAA?

To find out more about where you can enrol for the assessment, please contact us on 0115 854 1398 or email MOT@abcawards.co.uk.

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ANNUAL ASSESSMENT
FOR INDIVIDUALS

ANNUAL ASSESSMENT
FOR INDIVIDUALS

The new MOT Annual Assessment for 2017/18 is now available. As an MOT tester, you must:

  • take the Annual Assessment and pass with at least 60%
  • do at least three hours of training within the year and record this.

How much is it?

For individuals, the Annual Assessment costs:

£35

all inclusive
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Syllabus

Want to know what you should study for? Click here.

Annual Training

Want to know about your minimum training requirements and the mandatory elements? Click here.

What’s on the Assessment?

On the 2017/18 Annual Assessment, there are 30 online multiple choice questions. You can take the test any time – at home, at work, or at a designated ABC Awards Centre. To pass, you must score 60%.

Check out some sample questions on the DVSA website.

Each year, DVSA publishes an Annual Training SyllabusYou should use this document to explain the mandatory elements that are in the assessment. The Annual Assessment also includes new information from MOT special notices, additional information published by the DVSA, and MOT inspection standards and procedures for your relevant vehicle class.

What if I want to pay for more than one Assessment at a time?

If you represent a garage that wants to pay for tests for more than one of your staff members, you can pay for multiple tests adding up to less than 20 all at once instead of making multiple single transactions. Please call 0115 854 1398. We will send you an invoice, and once we receive your payment, our team will issue you with the voucher codes which will allow you to access the Annual Assessment.  

How do I show that I have passed the Assessment?

If you pass the Annual Assessment, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement as proof of your achievement.

 What happens if I don’t pass the Annual Assessment?

If you do not pass the Annual Assessment the first time, you can take it again. You will be charged £35 all inclusive each time you retry the Assessment.

News/Updates

From time to time the content that you have to study for the Assessment changes. Please see Special Notices below in the Annual Training and Resources section for further information about this.

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ANNUAL ASSESSMENT
FOR BUSINESSES

Business to Business

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 needs. We’re here to:

  • discuss your needs
  • help you to develop a package which suits your business and your MOT testers
  • offer best value by considering all price match requests
  • build and maintain a long term relationship that supports you, your employees, and your business 
  • offer discounts on bulk buys of more than 20 Assessments per year
  • provide support to your testers if questions arise during the process.

Bulk Buys

To purchase more than 20 Assessments per year, please call our dedicated MOT hotline on 0115 854 1398 to find out how we can best support you.

Training

In addition to taking the Annual Assessment, your employees must complete and record at least three hours training each year to meet the Annual Assessment requirements.

Although there are many ways your business can ensure that your employees complete this training, including by studying on their own, shadowing a workmate, and/or taking a formal course, it must be completed and logged. To do this, your employees can use the Annual Training log found in our resources section. The training hours must cover the mandatory elements outlined in the Annual Training Syllabus.

If you would like more information about more formal training routes for your MOT testers please contact us.

Syllabus

The Annual Training Syllabus tells you what you need to study for and train on in your training year.

Deliver our Vehicle Technician Accredited Assessment (VTAA)

Your business can deliver the VTAA as a complete accreditation or as individual modules contributing to a full accreditation.

The VTAA can be used to:

  • Show that your technicians have the knowledge and skills expected of someone working at Level 3
  • Help your technicians without a Level 3 qualification to become qualified to conduct MOTs
  • Show that your technicians meet the Motor Vehicle Level 3 National Occupational Standards.

The VTAA is not a qualification, but is a specifically designed accreditation and a lifetime achievement, meaning that once your technicians have successfully completed the VTAA, they will be considered equivalent to those who have studied to Level 3 via a qualification route.

What does it involve?

To complete the VTAA, your technicians will need to complete four practical assessments in each of the four National Occupational Standards, which are:

  • brakes
  • suspension, steering, wheels and tyres
  • emissions
  • electrics

They will be required to complete 16 tasks, each of which will have its own resource documents providing guidance and instruction. They will also need to complete an online knowledge assessment consisting of 10 multiple choice questions for each module (50 questions in total), pass with a score of 60%, and achieve at least 6 out of 10 in each module.

To deliver VTAA call us today on 0115 854 1398.

ANNUAL TRAINING
AND RESOURCES

ANNUAL TRAINING FOR INDIVIDUALS

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In addition to taking the Annual Assessment, you must complete and record at least three hours training each year to meet the Annual Assessment requirements. You can do this using the Annual Training Log. These training hours must cover the mandatory elements outlined in the Annual Training Syllabus on our website and the DVSA website.

There are many ways you can complete this training, including by studying on your own, shadowing a workmate, and/or taking a formal course.

To find out more about training support and to be connected with an organisation that has training packages, please email MOT@abcawards.co.uk or call 0115 854 1398.

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TRAINING SYLLABUS

(Class 1 & 2 Vehicles)

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The 2017 to 2018 MOT Annual Training Syllabus for Class 1 and 2 Vehicles (Motorcycles) covers these topics:

  • body and structure (including security)
  • assessment of tyres and wheels
  • CPD planning and recording

The breakdown of the Annual Assessment is as follows:

  • assessment of tyres and wheels
  • body and structure
  • brakes
  • lighting and signalling
  • current special notices
  • MOT general standards and procedures

TRAINING SYLLABUS

(Class 3, 4, 5 & 7 Vehicles)

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The 2017 to 2018 MOT Annual Training syllabus for classes 3, 4, 5 and 7 Vehicles (Cars and Other Vehicles) covers these topics:

  • assessment of tyres and wheels
  • corrosion assessment (including assessment of brake pipes)
  • CPD planning and recording

The breakdown of the Annual Assessment is as follows:

  • assessment of tyres and wheels
  • corrosion assessment
  • driver’s view of the road
  • headlamp alignment
  • current special notices
  • MOT general standards and procedures

If you are an MOT tester for all vehicle classes, you must study for and train on the topics in both syllabuses.

FAQS

Click on a section below to find related questions

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What are the new MOT requirements?
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  • To become an MOT tester, you must take a Level 2 Award in MOT Testing.
  • If you are already an MOT tester, you must complete a minimum of three hours of Annual Training each year and complete an Annual Assessment to maintain your testing status.
  • MOT testers will no longer need to attend a five-year refresher course.

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Will I have to complete an MOT qualification if I am already an MOT tester?
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  • All current MOT testers (those who have been previously assessed by the DVSA) do not have to complete the new qualification.
  • All MOT testers have to complete the Annual Assessment and relevant Annual Training.

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Once I’ve completed the Level 2 Award in MOT Testing, will I be able to take the MOT tests immediately?
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DVSA will carry out a final check  after the qualification has been awarded for authorising testers. Successful candidates will be entered onto the MOT Testing Service and will be deemed to have achieved a Certificate of Competence, although no physical certificate will be awarded.

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If I want to be an MOT tester for multiple vehicle classes, will I need to complete more than one qualification?
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Yes. Each of the Level 2 Awards in MOT Testing is for a specific vehicle class. The DVSA have also announced a new approach for Class 3 and 5 training. Please see the Special Notice on their website.

+ About the Annual Assessment +

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How much does the Assessment cost?
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For individuals, it costs £35 all inclusive.

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How much does it cost to do tests for both classes of vehicles?
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Each Assessment costs £35 all inclusive.

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If I buy more than one test at once, is it cheaper?
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The cost per Assessment up to 19 is £35 all inclusive. For more than 20 Assessments, call us on 0115 854 1398 to discuss a discounted price.

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Do I have to pay again if I fail the Assessment?
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Yes. Each time you take an Assessment you will be charged at £35 all inclusive.

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How do I pay for the Assessment?
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You can pay for one Assessment at a time using PayPal. Alternatively, if you need to pay for multiple Assessments, we can create a custom invoice and send this to you via email.

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What will the MOT Annual Assessment look like? How many questions are there?
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The online Annual Assessment will contain 30 multiple choice questions which cover topics from:

  • the DVSA’s Annual Training Syllabus
  • MOT Special Notices
  • MOT inspection standards and procedures for the relevant vehicle class

For each question, you must pick your answers from a list of options. One option will be correct.

You are given a maximum of 45 minutes to complete the test.

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Do you offer practice Assessments?
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No, but the DVSA offers some sample questions here.

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What kind of questions are asked?
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Each year, the DVSA publishes an Annual Training Syllabus outlining the main parts of the Assessment for you to study.

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Where can I sit the MOT Annual Assessment?
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The Annual Assessment is online and can be completed anywhere you have internet access, including in your own home, at work, at a local library, or at an ABC Awards Centre. The Assessment can also be completed via a mobile or tablet device.

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What score do I need to pass the MOT Annual Assessment?
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You will need to score 60% or more in order to pass the Annual Assessment.

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What if I have technical difficulties during the MOT Annual Assessment?
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If you have any difficulties or require support during the MOT Annual Assessment, please contact us on 0115 854 1398 or email mot@abcawards.co.uk. A member of our team will be happy to help you.

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Will I have to take MOT Annual Assessments for each vehicle class?
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Yes. There are separate MOT Annual Assessments for the following vehicle classes:

  • 1 and 2
  • 3, 4, 5 and 7

In order to continue to be an MOT tester for each of the vehicle classes, you may need to complete additional Annual Training hours and you will need to sit both MOT Annual 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.

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Are there any other vehicle class
Assessments?
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Currently, the DVSA only require testing for Classes 1 and 2 and Classes 4 and 7. However, the DVSA have announced that there will be a new approach to Class 3 and 5 training, resulting in a similar assessment process. We are currently working on plans to deliver this assessment and hope to be able to share an update shortly.

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

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When will my printed certificate arrive?
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If you have passed the Annual Assessment, “A Certificate of Achievement” will be emailed to you within 4 working days.

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How do I open my certificate that I receive through email?
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Make sure your computer can open PDF documents. If it can’t, you will need to install a programme that allows you to open PDF documents. For example try downloading Adobe Acrobat Reader which is free.

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What if my certificate still hasn’t arrived?
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The certificate is sent to the email address you give us. Please check your Junk/Spam folder to see if it might have gone in there. If it is not there, please contact us and we will check to make sure we have the correct email information and resend the certificate.

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What should I do if my name is spelt wrong on the certificate?
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If there is an error, please email us explaining the problem and provide your correct first name and last name and attach the certificate file that we sent you to your email, so that we can address the problem.

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Will you give me feedback about my test and/or the answers for the ones I got wrong?
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We do not provide this information. You will receive information in an email and this will show you the areas in the Inspection Manual that you should study more if you need to retake the Assessment.

+ About Training +

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Do I have to do the Annual Training every year?
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Yes.

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Why has MOT training changed?
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The DVSA has changed the way MOT tester training works. All MOT testers must now take a nationally-recognised qualification. This new system:

  • increases professionalism
  • allows MOT testers to choose how they complete their Annual Training
  • provides an easy-to-use online Annual Assessment which gives instant results.

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What is the Annual Training Syllabus?
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The Annual Training Syllabus is published each year by the DVSA. It shows the topics you will need to know for the Annual Training and MOT Annual Assessment. There is a new syllabus every year and you will be tested on different topics than in the year before.

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Where can I do my Annual Training? Does ABC Awards offer it?
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We do not offer Annual Training, but we can connect you with an organisation that does, if you contact us.

The Annual Training can be done in different ways:

  • On your own by studying the MOT inspection manual
  • Watching what your workmates are doing
  • And/or completing Annual Training provided by a college, training provider, or your employer.

Your Annual Training can be completed in small chunks throughout the year or all in one go, depending on how you learn best. All training should add up to at least your minimum three hours. You will need to ensure you record this on your training log.

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How much does the Annual Training cost?
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We don’t provide training, but you can do it for free by doing it yourself through individual study or by shadowing a colleague.

You can also use an organisation that we can connect you with, but these organisations will charge different rates. Contact us to find out more.

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Does the MOT Annual Assessment count towards my Annual Training?
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No, the MOT Annual Assessment is not part of the Annual Training. You must complete both the MOT Annual Assessment and three hours minimum of Annual Training.

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How do I record my Annual Training?
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Your Annual Training can be recorded in any way you choose, but you may find it easiest to download our Annual Training Log. It’s an easy way to record the topic you have studied and how you did the training.

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Are there any additional Annual Training requirements?
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Although your minimum Annual Training requirement is three hours, you will need to make sure that you have completed a minimum of 16 hours of training over a period of five years in a row. This means four of the five years will have 3 hours minimum per year and one of the five years will have 4 hours minimum.

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Where can I find Annual Training resources?
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Please see our resources section.

+ About being an MOT Trainer +

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If I want to become an MOT trainer, what are the requirements?
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If you want to become an MOT trainer, you will need to:

  • Apply for a position at an MOT Testing Centre or training provider
  • Be a current or previous MOT tester, or show that you have previously delivered DVSA MOT tester courses
  • Have gained the MOT qualification you intend to deliver or show you have completed relevant training such as DVSA delivered training
  • Complete the Annual Training required by the DVSA (but, as an MOT trainer, you do not have to take the Annual Assessment required of MOT testers, unless you also wish to be a practising MOT tester).

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What are the requirements to becoming a training centre?
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You will need to attend DVSA approved training before you can train others. Your training will require:

  • a visit from an ABC Awards moderator to train you or attendance at one of one day events at our offices in Nottingham. To find out more information, please speak to a member of our team by calling 0115 854 1398.

You will also need to be an ABC Awards Recognised Centre to deliver the qualifications. We charge an annual fee of £200. The fee includes a free place at our Annual Conference, and full access to our expert team to help and advise you. If you have not delivered 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.

+ About the Qualifications +

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What do the different levels mean?
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The Level 2 Award in MOT Testing (Classes 1 and 2) is generally for people who want to test motorcycles.

The Level 2 Award in MOT Testing (Classes 4 and 7) is generally for people who want to test cars.

The Level 3 Award in MOT Test Centre Management is for people who want to run an MOT station.

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How do the qualification tests work?
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The Level 2 Award test has 2 parts. You must pass both a practical test and an onscreen test to get your full certificate.

The Level 3 Award test has 1 part. You must pass the onscreen test to get a full certificate.

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Where can I take my qualification test?
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There are many Centres around the country that can deliver qualification tests. You can contact us for more information about a Centre near you.

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How much does it cost?
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Prices are different depending on the Centre where you get your qualification.

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How long does it take to do it?
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The amount of time depends on the specific Centre where you get your qualification.

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How do I receive my certificate?
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If you have passed the testing parts, the Centre will send you an email that contains supporting information, any necessary practical observation documents (for Level 2 Award only), and confirmation that you were assessed according to the correct procedures.

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What should I do if I haven’t received my certificate yet?
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Contact the Centre/training provider where you went for your qualification.