How do I become an MOT tester?

To carry out MOT tests you must be an approved MOT tester, which requires several qualifications to do so.

If you meet the eligibility criteria set by the DVSA to become an MOT tester, you first need to pass or hold a Level 3 qualification recognised by the DVSA (though this is not required for Class 1&2). Once you have achieved the qualification, you will need to go on to pass the Award in MOT testing. Finally, a VT8 demo MOT test will need to be passed, of which is observed by the DVSA. If successful, you will gain an MOT license, though you will also need to complete annual training and pass an annual assessment every year to maintain MOT tester status.

Am I eligible?

Prior to any qualifications taking place, the DVSA requires you to meet all eligible criteria. To be eligible to become a nominated tester you must:

  • -Have a current, full UK driving license for the vehicle classes you want to test
  • -Have at least 4 years of experience in full time employment in the service and repair of the vehicle types you want to test
  • -Have no unspent convictions for criminal offences connected to MOT testing or the motor trade
  • -Have a good reputation

What are the costs?

The costs of becoming an MOT tester vary between institutions. S&B Automotive Academy offer training from experienced professionals and charge £975.00 + VAT.

What does the annual training include?

MOT testers are required every year to complete annual training and assessments, rather than refresher courses. If you are an MOT tester but haven’t performed an MOT test for six months, you must complete a satisfactory demonstration tested by the DVSA.

The MOT tester will be responsible for planning and doing training, recording training and keeping evidence of it and booking, taking and passing annual assessments.

Why become an MOT tester?

MOT testing is a national recognised qualification. MOT testers are in high demand, and an MOT testing qualification can help to increase skill levels and benefit careers, whether you become a MOT Tester or not. The average wage for an MOT tester is around £21,000 - £30,000 per annum. For contractors, this could be even higher. Working as an MOT tester allows you to increase skill sets, especially as you will be working with multiple types of automotive vehicles. For those who have worked in the automotive industry for four years or more, becoming an MOT tester could highly benefit your career.

S&B Automotive Academy can provide the complete training package, enabling you to become a registered MOT tester. Training will take place at our academy in Bristol.

If you would like to book a place with S&B, please complete the application form here. You will be provided with dates and payment information upon submission. For more information, please get in touch with the S&B team via our contact page or by calling 0117 953 3001.