IRTEC Heavy Vehicle Inspection

What You Study

The IRTEC licence scheme comes under the remit of the awarding body IMI Awards, who are the leading awarding body for the motor industry.

Delivery depends on the employer’s choice of options:


½ day assessment only process, whereby candidates undertake two online theory assessments then one practical assessment.


A 1 ½ day teaching then assessment process, whereby candidates will receive teaching input to refresh or improve their knowledge before undertaking two online assessments the same day, followed by another ½ day for one practical assessment. The three assessments to be undertaken are:

  • Online theory assessment (1 hour max) of legislation relating to Large Commercial Vehicle operations including: ‘O’ Licensing; Categorisation of Defects; Operator Compliance Score; Health & Safety
  • Online theory assessment (1 hour max) of technical knowledge including: Braking Systems; Wheels and Tyres; Steering and Suspension; Inspection Routines; Body; Transmission Systems
  • Practical assessment (1 ½ hours max) of carrying out a vehicle inspection to MOT standards

All practical assessments will be carried out on-site at the owner’s premises under controlled conditions. Where the 1 day teaching option is chosen, the teaching and theory assessment can be carried out either: at Fife College’s Stenton Campus, Glenrothes or, at the owner’s premises subject to facilities and prior agreement. Prices include registration fees, IRTEC certification and ID card.

Duration and Attendance

Assessment only - ½ day

Training and assessment - 1½ days


Fife College, Future Skills Centre, Stenton Road,

Glenrothes, Fife, KY6 2RA

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements for the IRTEC ‘Inspection Technician’ – Large Commercial Vehicle qualification, set down by the awarding body IMI Awards, are:

  • 3 years relevant industrial experience in an appropriate role


  •  A relevant industry nationally recognised qualification - for example, Level 3 S/NVQ (or equivalent qualification) plus a minimum of one year’s post qualification experience in an appropriate role


Gaining an IRTEC ‘Inspection Technician’ licence can help progression to ‘Advanced Technician’ and ‘Master Technician’ licence levels. An IRTEC licence demonstrates a level of skill and quantifies your knowledge to any future employer. It also demonstrates to a current or potential employer a commitment to professional development and maintaining a standard of excellence. This commitment to further developing your career gives you a competitive edge when applying for promotions and new posts.

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