Become an MOT Tester with Premier MOT Training

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How do you become an MOT tester?

From 1 April 2022, some MOT testers will need to provide a basic disclosure certificate (also known as a DBS check) before they can carry out a demonstration test.

This change will apply to:

  • newly qualified MOT testers
  • suspended MOT testers (2 or 5 years) who want to return to testing
  • MOT testers who have not carried out an MOT test in the last 5 years

The disclosure check must be dated within 3 months of your DVSA demonstration test. For example, a certificate dated 21 February 2022 would not be acceptable for a demonstration test booked for 30 May 2022.

To gain your MOT License, you’ll firstly have to meet the eligibility criteria set by the DVSA as well as pass a recognised level 3 pre-entry qualification. Next you will have to pass the Award in MOT Testing and then finally pass a VT8 demo MOT test observed by the DVSA.

After you have qualified you will then need to complete the MOT annual training and pass an annual assessment every year to maintain your testing status.

There are four main steps to become an MOT Tester:



Pass a Level 3 Pre-Entry Accreditation recognised by DVSA



Pass the Level 2 Award in MOT Testing Certificate



Pass the DVSA VT8 Observation at a Premier MOT Training Site



Once you have qualified, you’ll need to do your Annual Training and pass an Annual Assessment each year

To carry out MOT Tests you must be an approved nominated tester (NT). To be eligible to become a nominated tester you must:

  • Hold a current, full UK driving licence for the vehicle classes you want to test
  • Have a minimum of 4 years experience in the service and repair of the vehicle types to be tested
  • Have no unspent convictions for criminal offences connected with the MOT testing scheme or the motor trade, or involving acts of violence or intimidation
  • Be ‘of good repute’

What do you need to be an MOT Tester? The first step is to have an accepted Level 3 pre-entry qualification in order to apply for the course to become an MOT tester for test Class 3, 4, 5 or 7 vehicles.

Below is a list of accepted vehicle pre-entry qualifications and accreditation’s to become an MOT Tester:

Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) in:

  • Light Vehicle Diagnostic Technician
  • Light Vehicle Inspection Technician

You also need to have a valid ATA ID card.

VRQ, NVQ or SVQ in:

  • Vehicle Mechanical and Electronic Systems, Maintenance and Repair (light vehicle or heavy vehicle), level 3
  • Vehicle Technician, Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (light vehicle or heavy vehicle), level 3

City and Guilds qualification in:

  • Automotive Qualification, NVQ level 3
  • Repair and Servicing of Road Vehicles, 383 (full level 2 or 3)
  • Motor Vehicle Craft Studies, modular – part 3 (requires 3 modules)
  • Motor Vehicle Craft Studies, 381 (full part 2 or 3)
  • Or Motor Vehicle Craft Studies, pre 381 syllabus (full part 2)
  • Light or Heavy Vehicle Mechanics Craft Studies (full part 2 or 3)
  • Motor Vehicle Technician’s Certificate (full part 1)
  • The Institute of Motor Industry (IMI), IMI Level National Diploma in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair (light vehicle or heavy vehicle), VRQ level 3

Or one of the following qualifications:

  • National Craft Certification with a specialism of Vehicle Maintenance and Electronic Systems
  • Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC), National Certificate or Ordinary National Certificate (ONC) in Motor Vehicle Engineering studies
  • Scottish Vocational Educational Council National Certificate in Vehicle Mechanics and Systems (part 3)
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The second step to becoming a MOT Tester is to pass a level 2 Award in MOT Testing.

The Level 2 Award in MOT Testing has been developed in collaboration with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) to provide learners with the knowledge and skills required to perform MOT Tests.

This qualification is a requirement for those who wish to gain the DVSA Certificate of Competence for MOT Testers.

The MOT Testing qualification will not expire, and holders will be considered professionally competent for the rest of their lives. However, MOT Testers will be required to complete the DVSA Annual Training Requirements each year and the DVSA can withdraw Tester Status if conditions are not met.

The Level 2 Awards in MOT Testing are regulated qualifications.

The Level 2 Awards in MOT Testing aims to:

  • Develop the knowledge required for MOT Testing in the respective classes
  • Develop practical skills for testing
  • Encourage improvements in customer service
  • Prepare the learner for managing CPD requirements
  • Improve safe working in the test centre

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This is the final step you need to take to become a qualified MOT tester.

You will need to pass a demonstration MOT test observed by the DVSA, which can be done at one of our UK based sites.

For any applications made after 1st April 2016 you can no longer take the nominated tester training assessment (NTTA). From June 2016, the DVSA will no longer be running the Nominated Tester Training (NTT) course, and it is replaced by the Award in MOT Testing.

After completing your award in MOT Testing, the DVSA will need to observe you complete a demo MOT test (VT8 observation), which can be completed at one of our sites. We are also able to provide one to one training for your VT8 observation and mock assessment.

Once you have passed your Award in MOT Testing and the VT8 observation, you will then be able to carry out MOT Tests at a Vehicle Testing Station (VTS).

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The cost to become an MOT Tester can vary depending on your specific requirements. Please contact one of our Training Consultants today for our MOT course prices, to discuss your options and for more information: 0345 459 0231.
Instead of refresher courses, every year (between April and March) MOT testers are now required to complete Annual Training and Assessments. Additionally, if you have not preformed any MOT Tests for 6 months, you must take a ‘satisfactory demonstration’ test with DVSA.

You are responsible for:

  • planning and doing your training
  • recording your training and keeping evidence of it
  • booking and taking the annual assessment

We at Premier MOT Training offer a comprehensive E-Learning website to help you with your annual training and you will also be able to take the MOT assessment through our E-Learning Portal.

Prove your skill with a nationally recognised qualification with Premier MOT Training. MOT testers are in high demand and a qualification in MOT Testing would not only increase your skill base but also benefit your career. Some of the benefits of becoming a MOT Tester are listed below:

Higher Earnings

How much can a MOT Tester earn?

An average wage for an MOT Tester is approximately between £21,000 – £30,000 per annum. This could be higher as a contractor.


Depending on how your vehicle testing station (VTS) is set, you are able to perform MOT Test within the designated hours. MOT Tests can be completed at evening and weekends.


Working as an MOT Tester or Vehicle Technician will allow you to increase your skill base. You will gain plenty of experience working with different types automotive vehicles. If you have worked in the automotive servicing and repair industry for 4 years or more, becoming an MOT Tester can be a great career move. At Premier MOT Training we provide a full range of MOT courses and qualifications to help you achieve your goal of becoming an MOT Tester.