Course Overview

irtec is an independent and renewable accreditation scheme that assesses the competence of technicians working in the commercial vehicle, trailer and passenger carrying industries. Technicians and mechanics who take the irtec test are assessed on their theoretical and practical skills and, if successful, are awarded an irtec licence.

Developed by IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers) and now quality-assured by leading awarding organisation in the sector IMI Awards Ltd, irtec is the premier technician accreditation scheme for the road transport industry.

An irtec licence certifies the individual, rather than the employer, and irtec is based on current competence, so licences expire after five years.

How do you become accredited?

To achieve accreditation, learners must pass a series of practical assessments and an under pinning knowledge test at an irtec-approved assessment centre or at your workplace. (Additional costs will apply to cover travel expenses incurred by the College).

On the assessment day learners must read and agree to abide by the irtec Code of Conduct and have a photograph taken in readiness for the ID card issued to successful candidates.

Once accreditation has been achieved, details will be entered on the irtec website register of accredited technicians.

To ensure that learners have kept up-to-date with new technologies, re-assessment will need to take place every five years to maintain their accreditation.

Additional costs will apply for delivery at a workplace to cover travel expenses incurred by the College.

Assessment Methods

The inspection assessment has a set time allowance of 1.5 hours.

Learners must successfully complete all the assessments within a 12 month period from the first assessment date.

Course Summary

Course Title irtec Inspection Technician Large Commercial Vehicle
Entry Requirements

Three years minimum experience or a relevant Level 3 qualification.

taking an assessment learners must be able to prove their experience of working
in that sector of the industry.

may also find that they need training to close any gaps in their skills prior to
the assessment.


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