IMI Accreditation, previously known as ATA provides recognition of an individual's current competence , and their commitment to an ethical code of conduct. It is governed by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) who are the professional body and Sector Skills Council for the Retail Motor Industry.
Smart Express training is continually reviewed to ensure content and structures meet the latest accreditation requirements.
To achieve IMI Accreditation the delegate must pass a series of practical skills and knowledge modules at the Smart Express IMI Approved Centre and sign the Code of Conduct. To maintain their accreditation and ensure they remain current, an individual is reassessed every three years.
Once all of the Assessed Outcome Modules (AOM) within a route are passed the delegate will receive an IMI Accreditation ID Card (photo identity card) which is valid for a period of 3 years.
They will also be recognised through the IMI Professional Register , which allows the consumer to find technicians who are currently competent www.imiregister.org.uk
Consumers will have confidence knowing the skills and knowledge of the technician has been assessed against the industry agreed standard. Standards are regularly reviewed to ensure that the technician is assessed against current technologies and repair methods.
Technicians agree to and sign a code of conduct to work ethically within the motor industry.
The IMI Accreditation provides the technician with recognition and status in the industry therefore giving them confidence as shown in the return on investment (ROI) studies conducted by the IMI, look at the ROI tab on their website for more information.
IMI Accreditation provides a national benchmark of skill which may be used for training and also in the recruitment of technicians . IMI Accreditation's can also be used by individuals and employers as a recognised development path to allow technicians to further their skills and knowledge in the sector in which they operate.
The consumer and the employer can be confident that technicians are fairly but rigorously assessed through the quality assurance of a nationally recognised Awarding Organisation thus providing consistency of the assessment process.
Technicians who have achieved IMI recognition will automatically be placed on the IMI Professional Register for the appropriate period. To maintain their accreditation they will need to remain current through the achievement of Assessed Outcome Modules, or be re-accredited through a full reassessment of their skills and knowledge.