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The new world of ATA - latest surveys

As many of you will be aware, The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is working hard to ensure that the skills and knowledge tested in Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) are up-to-date and relevant. To this end, we have engaged industry expertise over the past few months and are currently restructuring ATA across all disciplines.

Our aims

  • To develop and install revisions in conjunction with industry expertise.
  • To develop and install Assessed Outcome Modules (AOMs) as an alternative means to reaccreditation .

What can you do to help?

Further to your feedback in the initial surveys and subsequent debate by the Expert Working Groups for each route, we are now ready to embark upon the second tranche of work. The ATA routes currently under development are:

Customer service
Motorcycle
Autoglazing
DAB (Digital Radio)

We would be grateful for your help once again.

We have collated the areas of competence that industry has deemed ‘critical' to specific roles in our sector - the latter are of fundamental importance as they will form the basis of our assessment criteria. As part of our ‘wider consultation' with industry, therefore, we are seeking your approval of the choices made - take part in the surveys by following the links above.

NB. The deadline to take part in the Customer Service survey is 29th June 2012 - for the rest, it is 6th July 2012. 

The results of the surveys will help shape new assessment material over the coming weeks. We do hope that you will be able to complete them and/or direct others to them who would not otherwise have been aware of our work.

Pilot events – would your organisation like to take part?

The ‘new' material will be tested at ‘pilot' assessments during September and October 2012 - if your organisation would like to be considered for this work, please contact us at Email: francob@theimi.org.uk 
Note: Pilot assessments are ‘live' - as such, candidates who achieve a ‘pass' will be ATA accredited.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us:

The Accreditation Academy
The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI)
Fanshaws, Brickendon, Hertford SG13 8PQ
Tel: +44 (0) 1992 511521
Mobile: +44 (0) 7919 480 817
Fax: +44 (0) 1992 511548

New-look ATA – Routes completed

View the overview documents for:

ATA validity period

In order to ensure technicians keep pace with vehicle technology and ever advancing repair methods, it has been necessary to amend the accreditation window to a more appropriate three year period.

Assessed Outcome Modules

Assessed Outcome Modules (AOM) have been introduced as an alternative method of ATA re-accreditation. The benefits for individuals, employers and training providers:

  • For employers, it provides a flexible re-accreditation approach, using agreed assessed outcome modules or full ATA assessment - whichever best suits their business. 
  • It enhances the value of becoming re-accredited by combining ATA assessment opportunities with update training modules already being undertaken to up skill technicians. 
  • It ensures that accreditation keeps pace with rapid change and advancements in technology.

As with all existing ATA and AMA solutions, AOMs are Quality Assured and industry agreed to ensure the integrity of the industry standard is maintained.

Professional Registration

Now those opting to achieve reaccreditation by means of the 'Assessed Outcome Modules' will also be placed on the IMI's Professional Register. In 2013 all those in possession of a current ATA accreditation will be placed on the Professional Register.

For more information please see ATA FAQs or contact The IMI on 01992 511521.

Vocational Qualifications now make ATA easier

Now individuals holding a vocational qualification (NVQ, SVQ & VCQ)) can achieve ATA status by completing a handful of Assessed Outcome Modules (AOM).
Candidates can only accredit this way if;

  • Their qualification is in the same discipline as the ATA route and at the same level.
  • They complete all the AOMs within three years of the issue date on their qualification certificate.
  • They produce their original certificate as proof.

This latest ATA development benefits bodyshops by giving them a more cost effective way to maintain PAS125 compliance.

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