Light Vehicle Service Maintenance Technician (IMI Award ATA)

Short Course Automotive

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Short Course
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Not Applicable
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Openshaw Campus
(Part Time Non Released - 1 year)

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The Institute of the Motor Industry created awards like this to give Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) to help those working in the sector demonstrate their skills and knowledge have reached a certain level. This short course is for anyone operating as a Light Vehicle Service Maintenance Technician.

This day-long course will assess your skills and abilities across a number of modules, including basic electrical systems, braking systems, and the computer-based test equipment used in the industry. You'll also cover a variety or mechanical systems and correct vehicle safety inspection and service.

You'll achieve a full accreditation from the IMI that lasts for three years when you pass the assessment, as well as a place on their Professional Register. You can then continue onto further accreditation at a higher level, with a clear route for career progression.

You'll need to be competent and confident enough to pass each of the assessment modules on this course. That will usually require you to have a relevant industrial qualification or a minimum of three years' experience in the sector.

You'll be taking part in a variety of practical assessments and tasks as part of each unit on this course and you'll also need to complete an online test.

As you continue to develop your personal and professional skills, you'll be reaching new levels of competence and expertise. The IMI awards provide a path for you to showcase your abilities, and you can continue on to achieve Diagnostic status and Master status.

Each qualification will demonstrate your skills to employers and customers, helping you to further your successful automotive career.

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The cost of this course is currently £280. If you have any further queries, please contact us on 03333 222 444 or

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If you love tinkering with cars and are never happier than when you’re wearing overalls and figuring out how things work, a career in the automotive industry could be just around the corner.

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