What does an MOT Tester do?

A nominated MOT tester is someone who is qualified to carry out MOT tests.

Responsibilities might include:

  • Customer service in relation to MOTs
  • Applying your experience as a skilled mechanic to the role

What qualifications do you need to become an MOT Tester?

It’s useful to have GCSEs in Maths, English, Science subjects and/or Technologies subjects.

You should also have:

  • A current and full UK driving licence for the vehicle classes you want to test
  • Be a skilled mechanic with at least 4 years’ full-time employment servicing and repairing the types of vehicle you’re going to test
  • Have no unspent criminal convictions for criminal offences connected with MOT testing or the motor trade
  • Be of ‘good repute’ – the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency will decide this to make sure you are a suitable MOT tester

To become a class 3 or 5 MOT Tester, you must already have:

  • A level 2 testing certificate in class 4 and 7 vehicles
  • Passed an MOT demonstration test after getting your level 2

See more information on how to qualify here.


What skills do you need to be an MOT Tester?

Some of the skills you would be expected to have include:

  • At least 4 years’ experience as a mechanic
  • Trustworthiness
  • Responsible
  • Attention to detail

How much does an MOT Tester earn?

The average salary for a Vehicle Technician in 2018 was £27,000 (yearly).

Starting salaries may vary.


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