SMMT backs accreditation scheme for car technicians

15 June 2005 #SMMT News

A new initiative to raise standards in car servicing has been welcomed by the motor industry. The new scheme, based on National Occupational Standards, is called Automotive Technician Accreditation and is a voluntary assessment system designed to recognise and increase technical competence.

The tests will comprise a number of timed practical tasks, adjudicated by an ATA registered assessor and an on-line knowledge test. Individuals will be able to achieve three levels of accreditation; service maintenance technician, diagnostic technician and master technician.

To ensure qualifications are kept up-to-date, technicians must be reassessed after five years to maintain their credentials. It is hoped that the system will help improve confidence in the retail motor sector.

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