Annual Training: Everything You Need To Know


What’s changing?

From April 2016, DVSA will replace the currently suspended MOT tester refresher course with MOT annual training and an assessment. DVSA won’t deliver the new MOT annual training or assessments and testers will no longer need to attend a 5-year refresher course. Instead, testers will have to complete the new MOT annual training and online assessment in order to maintain their testing status.

What is Annual Training?

The new process will follow a continuing professional development (CPD) model with testers required to complete training and pass an assessment every year for the vehicle classes they test.

The CPD model is common across many safety-related professions, allowing you to update your skills each year in manageable ‘bite-sized’ chunks.

As an approach, CPD also has a proven track record in improving individual and workplace:

  • skills and standards

  • performance and professionalism

  • confidence, morale and motivation

For training and assessment purposes, vehicle classes are split into the usual vehicle test groups:

  • class 1 and 2 vehicles (group A)

  • class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles (group B)

This means, in order to maintain their testing status for each vehicle test group (ie class 1 and 2 vehicles or class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles) they test, all testers will have to:

  • complete a minimum of 16 hours training over a rolling 5-year period

  • complete a minimum of 3 hours training every year

  • pass an annual assessment

How MOT annual training works

All testers must complete their MOT annual training and pass an annual assessment between the start of April and the following March each year.

To maintain their testing status for the vehicle classes they test, each tester will be responsible for:

  • planning and completing their annual training

  • recording their annual training

  • passing their annual assessment

All testers must complete the new MOT annual training and annual assessment before March 31st 2017 - no matter what their refresher training status is.

Plan annual training

DVSA will publish an annual training syllabus for the following vehicle test groups:

  • class 1 and 2 vehicles

  • class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles

Each syllabus will outline which topics you’ll need to cover in order to maintain your testing status for their particular vehicle classes for the following year.

The chosen topics will be based around the latest MOT test error rates and subject areas which we know testers need to pay the most attention to.

For example, with the MOT headlamp aim test set to change this year, DVSA has included this as a training topic to make sure testers understand how the testing standard has changed.

Choosing the topics in this way means that every year your training will help you read up on and practice skills which directly tackle known testing issues.

In return, DVSA can be sure your training is making a real contribution to overall road and vehicle safety.

Most testers already spend more than 3 hours each year updating their MOT knowledge and skills.

If you spend a minimum of 3 hours covering each year’s topics for the vehicle test groups you test, then the new MOT annual training should be easy to manage.

Class 1 and 2 vehicles

The planned 2016 to 2017 MOT annual training syllabus for class 1 and 2 vehicles will cover:

  • lighting and signalling equipment

  • brakes

  • CPD planning and recording

You’ll need to do a minimum of 3 hours training with an hour on each topic.

Class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles

The planned 2016 to 2017 MOT annual training syllabus for class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles will cover:

  • driver’s view of the road

  • headlamp aim

  • CPD planning and recording

You’ll need to do a minimum of 3 hours training with an hour on each topic.

All vehicle classes

All testers must complete and record a minimum of 3 hours MOT annual training each year (adding up to a minimum of 16 hours over a rolling 5-year period) and pass an assessment for each vehicle test group they test.

This means, in order to maintain your testing status for all vehicle classes, you may have to double-up on your training hours (i.e. complete and record a minimum of 3 hours MOT annual training) and sit two separate assessments.

However, if you cover a topic covered by both vehicle test groups (eg CPD planning and recording) then you can use this to contribute to your required minimum training hours.

For example, if you complete 1 hour of training for CPD planning and recording then you can count this towards your 3 hours of required training for all the vehicle classes you test.