COVID-19 Update: MOT annual training packages are available - please call 0845 305 4230 or email for information.
MOT Annual Assessment
How MOT Annual Training Works
The 5-year MOT tester refresher course has been replaced by annual training and an assessment. All MOT testers must now complete at least three hours of MOT training and pass an assessment between 1 April and 31 March each year to keep your tester status. For the 2020/21 MOT Annual Training year, the deadline has been extended to 30 April 2021.
1. Decide how to do you training
2. Take at least three hours of annual training each year for the vehicle classes you test (16 hours in the rolling 5-year period)
3. Record your training
4. Book your annual assessment
5. Take your annual assessment
6. Record your annual assessment
The RMI provides six options to help testers complete their training. Click on Annual Training in the navigation bar above to find out more about each package.
Taking the Annual Assessment
Once you have completed and recorded at least three hours of annual training on the topics required by DVSA, you must pass an online MOT annual assessment. If you don't take an assessment during the training year, it could:
Affect your testing status
Lead to disciplinary action being taken against you
You have to pay to take the online assessment through a trading provider, but you can take the assessment at home, on your own VTS, or at the premises of a trading provider. Please call us on 0845 305 4230 to book your annual assessment.
If you have already received a voucher code from the RMI, please click on the link above to go directly to the annual assessment. Voucher codes can only be entered once, and are case sensitive.
If you have received an email with your voucher code, we advise you copy and paste into the voucher code box to ensure your code is applied correctly.
How the Assessment Works
The assessment usually takes around 45 minutes and you are given a 60 minute time limit. You'll be asked 30 multiple-choice questions based on:
Topics in the current year's syllabus
Current MOT special notices
General MOT testing knowledge
You may also use your own notes and official documents (such as the MOT inspection manual and special notices) throughout the assessment.
The pass mark for assessments taken between April 2020 and March 2021 is 80%.
If you don't pass, you can go back over your training and take another assessment before any action is taken.
You can take the assessment as many times as you want for each year's annual training syllabus, however you'll have to pay each time.
In the Unlikely Event of Failure
If you fail the annual assessment, follow the advice provided to obtain another voucher. If you fail multiple times, do NOT purchase another voucher on the assessment website as this will be charged at full price. Please call us on 0845 305 4230 and we will issue a new voucher code at a cost of £20 + VAT.
Once You've Passed
You get a certificate after passing your assessment. Keep it with your MOT annual training records, as you'll need to show these documents to DVSA staff who visit your VTS.
You'll also have to record your assessment result on your MOT Testing Service Profile. You need:
Your certificate number
The date it was awarded
The score you achieved