MOT CPD Group B Vehicles (class 3, 4, 5 & 7)

L3 Level 3
Part Time
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City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course 

This 1 Day course is designed for current MOT testers testing Group B vehicles (class 3, 4, 5 and 7). 

The course will cover the 2023-24 CPD topics and log annual training for the year followed by the Annual Assessment required to comply with DVSA requirements and retain the Nominated Tester status. 

It will also provide delegates with the opportunity to enhance skills when sourcing information quickly from both the MOT Testing Manual & MOT Testing Guide. The pass mark for the annual assessment is 80%.

What you will study

Registering a vehicle for test
• correctly identifying the vehicle and the class of vehicle
• what to do if the vehicle identification number (VIN) or registration does not match
• whether you can test the vehicle if you find a fault during a pre-check, for example if the fuel cap or door will not open
• what to do if the vehicle has been incorrectly registered for test
• what to do if the incorrect registration has been recorded
• what to do if the vehicle cannot fit on your equipment due to its wheelbase, distance between wheels, lowered, length or size
• what to do if the vehicle’s mileage is not clear
• what to do if the vehicle is the wrong colour and how to change the record of its colour
• what to do if the wrong model variant is noticed on the first test
• how to create a new test (first test)
• Q plates
Use of equipment
• calibration of equipment
• what to do if the equipment stops working
• what to do if connected equipment is not working correctly (class 4 and 7 vehicles only)
• what to do when the decelerometer is sent for calibration
• testing in manual mode (class 4 and 7 vehicles only)
• how to raise or jack vehicles
• aligning headlamp equipment/distance from beam tester
Test procedures
• what to do if the vehicle is damaged during the test
• what to do if the headlamp patterns on the vehicle are different from those in the appropriate manual
• which checks and standards apply to vehicles fitted with spoked wheels
• which standards to apply to Q plates (date of first use, horn, emission smoke (class 4 and 7 vehicles only))
• whether you can test the vehicle if the fuel cap or door does not open during the pre-check
MOT inspection Manual
• declining or refusing a test
• when to abandon or abort a test, whether a fee can be charged, and what action to take if the test cannot be completed
• whether a vehicle can be refused or declined if the vehicle is exempt from testing but the customer still wants to have it tested
• what happens if an exempt vehicle fails its MOT test
• MOTs for vehicles not fitted with lights
• engine oil leaks identified during a pre-check
• battery leaks (standard and hybrid/full electric)
• what can be done if a vehicle was mistakenly tested by the VTS before it was due (for example, a one year old vehicle with a private plate tested by the site in error)
• what to do if a vehicle has more than one different VIN but appears to be standard in all other aspects, is
• a multistage build or has been subject to a conversion (motor home class 4 and 7 only)
• whether you can still be a tester if you lose your licence due to a medical condition
• what to do if a customer requests an MOT test for a vehicle with a police or DVSA prohibition notice on it
• what to do if the presenter does not know the weight or power output of the vehicle
• what to do if the headlamp levelling device on a motor caravan is not working
• class 7 vehicle tyre load capacity, axle weights and speed rating
• whether a car over 3000kg can be tested at a class 4 site
• whether motor caravans can be tested at a class 4 site
• the maximum unladen weight of dual-purpose vehicles
• whether a pickup vehicle fitted with a 5th wheel can be tested as class 4 or 7
• what class of vehicle a minibus with 8 passenger seats and wheelchair tracking for 6 additional wheelchairs would be
• checking imported vehicles that cannot have a standard size number plate fitted to them
The above topics need to cover a minimum of 3 hours and a record of this training must be kept by the MOT tester for inspection by the DVSA.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.

Course fee per year

Part-time enrolment fee: £35.00

Course Fee: £75.00

Entry requirements

Full Accredited MOT Testers Licence will be required in relevant Class. This is an annual continual professional development course.

Key information

Start date

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Time of day

Day Time

Part Time

6 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



CAVC Certificate

Career prospects & further study


Wales has about 8% of the UK’s automotive manufacturing and has a skilled workforce of 18,000 people and a £3 billion turnover annually.


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

Automotive Centre,
City Centre Campus,
Dumballs Road,
CF10 5FE