We’re introducing a new model of annual training and assessment to replace the former refresher course to help improve road and vehicle safety.
In the video below we spoke to testers who took part in the pilot to get their feedback.
This new training follows a continuing professional development (CPD) model and will increase:
- professionalism by introducing nationally-recognised qualifications
- choice and flexibility by providing a wider variety of training options
You can read further information in our take MOT tester annual training and assessments guidance.
Completing your training
You can plan and complete your training in any way you like. This can be anything from 5 minutes every week reading MOT special notices and the MOT inspection manuals to taking part in a group question and answer session with your colleagues.
The only requirement is that you complete at least 3 hours of training every year before taking an annual assessment to maintain your tester status.
You can see more examples of how you can complete your annual training on GOV.UK.
Sitting your assessment
Between the start of April and the following March each year you’ll have to sit and pass an annual assessment for the vehicle classes you test.
The assessment is not there to test your ability to remember every detail in the MOT inspection manual, but to make sure you test vehicles to the correct standard.
The assessment will:
- be online
- take 45 minutes
- consist of 30 multiple-choice questions
- have a 50% pass mark
- be ’open book’
By 'open book' we mean you’ll be able to use the MOT inspection manual, MOT special notices or your own notes during the assessment to help you answer any questions.
You can re-sit the test as many times you need but you’ll need to pass the assessment before the end of that training year.
You can read further information about the annual assessment on GOV.UK.
What will the assessment cost?
The cost of the assessment won’t break the bank and we expect it to be ‘reasonably priced’ between £25 and £75.
However, this price range could change over time and will depend on individual training provider rates and deals.
For further information about the new MOT annual training and assessment read our take MOT tester annual training and assessments guidance.