The Quality Assured Programmes (QAP) are recognised by the IMI, who are the professional body and Sector Skills Council for the Retail Motor Industry.
The course content and structures are constantly reviewed to ensure they remain current and support the Smart Express training.
To achieve IMI recognition the individual must pass a series of practical assessments and question and answer exam.
The QAP accreditation pass mark is based on a 75% pass result on the practical assessment and an 80% pass mark for the theory exam. The practical assessment is achieved by the candidate being assessed on a number of criteria covered in the course module over the period of the course, with each criteria having a points rating based on an overall 100 points scoring system. The theory pass mark is established from the results of the course module questionnaire which consists of multi choice questions based on a 100 point scoring system. The time allocated for the completion of the questionnaire is half an hour.
Consumers will have confidence knowing that the skills and knowledge of the technician have been assessed against the Smart Express agreed training standard. The standards are regularly reviewed to ensure that the technician is assessed against current Smart Express repair methods and technologies.
IMI QAP can be used by the individuals and employers as a recognised development path to allow technicians to further their skills and knowledge in which they operate.