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The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation

MOT CPD critical to keeping revenue streams open, urges LKQ Euro Car Parts with two weeks before the deadline

Date: Thursday 16 March 2023

LKQ Euro Car Parts is urging MOT Testers to complete their 2022/23 MOT CPD before the end of March deadline. With less than 16 days to go, the DVSA have reported that over 19,000 Testers have yet to complete the required training.

Bob Wiffen, Workshop Solutions Director at LKQ Euro Car Parts, said:

“Last year, data from the DVSA showed more than 1,800 MOT testers failed to complete their CPD training and assessment ahead of the 31st March.
“Even if you complete the new year’s training the day after the deadline, it can take months to get signed back on. That’s not good news, especially for workshops with just the one tester – who then face even their most loyal customers having to take their vehicles elsewhere.”

Each year’s CPD training syllabus is determined by the latest MOT test error rates and focuses on subject areas where it’s clear testers need to pay more attention.

This means that testers who delay completing their MOT CPD – whether they end up missing the deadline or not – also risk compromising the quality of the service they provide, with real implications for customer satisfaction and safety on the roads.

Bob Wiffen added:

“While some testers are going right down to the wire again this year, it’s important to acknowledge that many have already completed their CPD training – in some cases getting on for 12 months ago. And there’s a lot to be said for doing it as early as possible.
“Our advice is to stay ahead of the game when the new CPD year starts on 1st April. Completing the MOT CPD early means you can improve your testing accuracy, reduce the risk of errors, and ensure the safety of the vehicles you test. The training is updated every year for good reason, and if you get ahead, you have the most to gain.
“In our experience, workshops with technicians that are committed to best practice and that proactively organise training, have happier customers, better reputations and can command higher labour rates as a result.”

LKQ Euro Car Parts collaborates with the IMI and the DVSA on the approved MOT CPD training it offers through the LKQ Academy, with a range of options to suit every tester.

  • Light vehicle CPD – online assessment only – from £29 + VAT per candidate.
  • Light vehicle CPD – online training and assessment – from £54 + VAT per candidate.
  • Light vehicle CPD – classroom-based training and assessment – from £129 + VAT per candidate.

All CPD courses from the LKQ Academy come with free IMI affiliate membership, worth £47.

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