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ATA Light Vehicle Inspection Technician(Pre Qualification for MOT Course)


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The ATA Light Vehicle Inspection Technician Certificate is recognised by the DVSA. This course will improve your competence at vehicle inspection for engine and electrical diagnostics. You will focus on all vehicle systems including:

  • Body
  • Corrosion
  • Suspension systems
  • Steering
  • Braking systems
  • Wheels and Tyres
  • Vehicle Electrics

You’ll find all our courses are easy to follow. Our assessments are fair and comprehensive, reflecting current industry requirements.

Once you’ve completed the Level 3 LVI course, you’ll have your ATA Light Vehicle Inspection Technician Accreditation, which is the first step towards achieving your MOT Tester Licence.

Our Level 3 LVI course gives you all you need to gain the necessary skills and qualifications to take your MOT Tester Licence.


Element 1: Steering, Suspension, Wheels & Tyres

  • Inspect a variety of suspension systems including – McPherson strut, wishbone, solid axle
  • Inspect vehicle suspension spring(s)
  • Inspect suspension dampers / shock absorbers
  • Identify a range of tyres including run flat/DOR/radial/cross-ply
  • Wheel alignment principles including the Ackerman principles

Element 2: Vehicle Electrics

  • Check all vehicle lighting – front / rear / side – including headlamps (halogen / xenon technology)
  • Check vehicle occupant safety systems (including SRS) meet vehicle manufacturer settings
  • Accurately diagnose a vehicle electrical fault
  • Diagnose electrical circuit faults using at least two methods of electrical fault finding to locate an open circuit / high
  • resistance fault / short circuit

Element 3 – Emission Systems

  • Accurately analyse emission testing data from vehicles with petrol engines
  • Carryout the necessary calibration of emission test equipment
  • Carry out an emissions test on a petrol engine vehicle
  • Analyse emission testing data from vehicles with a diesel engine
  • Vehicle emission systems, including components i.e. oxygen sensor

Element 4 – Vehicle Appraisal

  • Full vehicle checkover
  • Checking for any faults
  • Inspect under vehicle including dampers/shock absorbers
  • Full interior check
  • Full exterior check
  • Full under bonnet check
  • Check vehicle body and structure

Element 5 – Braking Systems

  • The component functions within a vehicle electronically controlled braking system (electric handbrakes / ABS / ESP / TRC)
  • Use inspection documentation to accurately record vehicle faults
  • Carry out an inspection of a vehicle’s body structure and determine its road worthiness
  • Identify braking components which require replacement
  • Work out brake performance percentages
  • Check vehicle braking system for faults