Shrewsbury College Leads the Way on New MOT Courses


L-R Andy Lee, Darren Thompstone and Steve Lloyd

New government-imposed requirements for annual MOT testers has led to a significant increase in demand for training and assessment courses at Shrewsbury College.

Where previously MOT testers were required to undertake a refresher course every five years, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is now insisting that testers must undertake MOT training and pass an assessment between 1 April and 31 March each year to retain their tester status.

“This is a significant increase in training requirements for all MOT testers and we want to ensure we offer testers the highest quality training in the best facilities as soon as possible,” comments Lyn Surgeon, CEO and Principal of Shrewsbury Colleges Group.  “As all MOT testers must take the training and assessment by 31 March 2017, we are investing over £40,000 immediately in preparation for courses to start at Shrewsbury College in November of this year.”  Local engineering firm RMT Garage Equipment Services from Oswestry has won the contract to supply the testing equipment to Shrewsbury College.

“We are the first College in the region to offer the three levels of MOT courses,” adds Andy Lee, Curriculum Leader, Engineering.  “We will run a full suite of MOT courses including an MOT Centre Manager course, an MOT Tester course and the mandatory three hour update/ Continuing Professional Development (CPD) refresher course.  We will help every test centre and garage in the region to manage the new training and assessment requirements with minimal impact on the working day by running courses all year round – in the evenings and weekends as well as during business hours.”

For further details of the new training requirements and to register your interest in forthcoming MOT courses visit mot, call 01743 342333 or email

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

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