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Out with Refresher, In with CPD

CPD is a combination of approaches, ideas and techniques that will help you manage your own learning and growth. The focus of CPD is firmly on results – the benefits that professional development can bring you in the real world. Perhaps the most important message is that one size doesn’t fit all. Wherever you are in your career now and whatever you want to achieve, your CPD should be exactly that: yours

As of April 2016 all MOT testers will have to complete annual CPD instead of the old refresher courses. Wherever you are in your career now and whatever you want to achieve, your CPD should be exactly that: yours

CPD is all learning and development that contributes to you being an effective tester. So long as they add value to your work, a range of activities can contribute to your CPD. They could include:

  • in-house or external training
  • study leading to a qualification, which may be vocational
  • conferences, workshops and seminars
  • membership of a planning group or committee
  • work-based research
  • reading professional magazines and journals
  • relevant hobbies, leisure activities and voluntary work

Why should I keep a CPD record?

As a professional, you have a responsibility to keep your skills and knowledge up to date. CPD helps you turn that accountability into a positive opportunity to identify and achieve your own career objectives.

Recording your CPD

Some people find it helpful to write things down in detail, while others record ‘insights and learning points’ in their books as they go along. This helps them to assess their learning continuously. These logs are useful tools for planning and reflection: it will be impossible to review your learning and learning needs yearly without regularly recording in some way your experiences.

Some people find it helpful to write things down in detail, while others record ‘insights and learning points’ in their books as they go along. This helps them to assess their learning continuously. These logs are useful tools for planning and reflection: it will be impossible to review your learning and learning needs yearly without regularly recording in some way your experiences.

IF you test all classes you will do both syllabuses

If you cover a topic covered by both vehicle classes (e.g. CPD planning and recording) then you can use this to contribute to your required minimum training hours for both

• You will do approximately 5 hours of training per year

• (16 hours over a three-year period)

You will do approximately three hours of training per vehicle group you test. If you like working on your own you can decide to simply read up on the relevant skills outlined in the published syllabus and take the assessment when you feel ready. Or, you could team up with some colleagues and run a question and answer or practical session to brush up on your skills. Alternatively, you could pay the market rate for a professional training company to take you through what you need to know ahead of sitting the annual assessment.

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
  • Financing and passing their annual assessment

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

  • class 1 and 2 vehicles
  • class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicles

You will do approximately three hours of training per vehicle group you test.

The choice is yours

If you like working on your own you can decide to simply read up on the relevant skills outlined in the published syllabus and take the assessment when you feel ready. Or, you could team up with some colleagues and run a question and answer or practical session to brush up on your skills. Alternatively, you could pay the market rate for a professional training company to take you through what you need to know ahead of sitting the annual assessment.

Annual assessments

In order to maintain your testing status, you’ll have to sit and pass an ‘open book’ online MOT annual assessment for the vehicle classes you test. The assessments will be ‘reasonably priced’ between £25 and £75 per assessment. Each individual is responsible for their ongoing assessment fees. This is not the responsibility of your employer. If you fail to sit your annual assessment during the course of your training year this could affect your testing status and you could face disciplinary action

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