MOT Testers play an important role in any automotive team, contributing to the overall success. of the company. A career in MOT Testing can be a rewarding career path that is both interesting and challenging. If you are highly organised, have good communication skills, and have an interest in the automotive sector, read on to find out more about a MOT Tester position.


What does a role as an MOT Tester entail? 

MOT Testers carry out a responsible role in ensuring that all vehicles are tested in accordance with Ministry standards and that the company is meeting its obligations as an approved MOT centre. The role may also involve:

  • M.O.T testing
  • Rectifying faults and failures
  • General servicing
  • Vehicle maintenance



What qualifications do you need to become an MOT Tester?

You ideally will need to hold NVQ levels 1,2 and 3 or equivalent in a relevant vehicle maintenance subject, as well as a current SMART Card. Employers will likely also expect GCSEs at a minimum. You will usually need English and Maths at grades A*-C (9-4).



What skills do you need to become an MOT Tester?

  • Level 2 – 3 (NVQ or City and Guilds or IMI Qualification) in Vehicle Repair
  • Main Dealership / Large independent experience
  • Valid MOT Licence
  • Ability to work as part of a team and a genuine commitment to delivering first class customer service
  • Have a stable attitude
  • Multi-skilled
  • Working to agreed timescales
  • Flexible



How much could I earn?

Starting salary: £14,000

Experienced: £21,000 – £30,000

Average salary: £28,563.60

Below, you can see the breakdown of regional average salaries for MOT testers, taken from 2019 InAutomotive data.


If this is the route you want to take, see the MOT Tester roles we have available on InAutomotive.


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