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accreditation and qualification Updates

Key product updates for IMI approved centres

New Paint Accreditations

The existing IMI Paint Accreditation has recently been redeveloped after consulting with the accident repair industry. It now contains updated Assessed Outcome Modules and a new Technician and Senior Technician Reaccreditation route. In addition to this, the online assessments have been rewritten to accommodate new technologies and processes which mirror the vehicle refinishing industry.

After a very positive consultation period it was felt that these new modules are more flexible allowing IMI approved centres to map the critical competences to refinishing operations which feature in various occupations.

The IMI Paint Accreditation is available on the website so IMI centres can use the content

Vehicle Damage Assessor (VDA) Accreditation

The existing IMI VDA Accreditation has recently been redeveloped after consulting with the accident repair industry. The accreditation now contains a new revised Assessment Strategy, modified benchmarking documents and updated online assessment questions.

Key changes include:

Underpinning Knowledge (Theory) Test(s)

  • AOM – 080 - The candidate must complete 6 online individual assessments, each containing 10 questions and are 20 minutes per test. The candidate must achieve a minimum of 70% for each test.
  • AOM – 055 - The candidate must complete 1 online assessment, which contains 10 questions and are 15 minutes per test. The candidate must achieve a minimum of 70% for each test.
  • AOM – 056 - The candidate must complete the online assessment which contains 30 questions and is 45 minutes. The candidate must achieve a minimum of 70% in this test.

Image Review of Damaged Vehicle(s) – Criteria

Assessment images of damage vehicles.

The approved centre must ensure that the image sets of the damaged vehicles used for IMI Accreditation VDA are either:

  • replaced every twelve months
  • when the image sets have been used to assess a maximum of 150 candidates for IMI Accreditation VDA, whichever of the above is the sooner.

Other changes were made to accommodate new technologies and processes for example ADAS technology.

IMI Level 3 Diploma for Assessors of Accident Damaged Vehicles (600/7971/X)

The existing IMI qualification has been updated after consulting with the accident repair industry and changes implemented in the Code of Practice for the Categorisation of Motor Vehicle Salvage.

Key changes have been made to unit AADV06 – Knowledge of Vehicle Salvage Categorisation to reflect the Code of Practice. In addition to this, the online assessments have been rewritten to accommodate these new changes.

Assessment Strategy for IMI Accident Body Repair Accreditation

AOM-009, AOM-028 AOM-030, AOM-134

The existing IMI assessment strategy has recently been rewritten after consulting with the accident repair industry. It now contains a clearer picture to meet requirements for AAOM-009 and AOM -028,030 and 134.

Key changes include updated assessor requirements as stated below:

PART A GUIDANCE FOR ASSESSING AOM 009

  • Have sufficient and relevant technical /occupational competence in the IMI Accreditation route, at or above the level of the route being assessed as well as the minimum relevant Industry/trade experience. (5 years industry experience in an appropriate role relative to the route being assessed).
  • Have been certificated in the last two years for BS1140 and BS4872. In addition to this they must hold a CSWIP Level 1.
  • Due to changes made to assessor requirements, those assessors who have completed CSWIP-ATA-22-12 only, the IMI have allocated a 2 year transitional period for centres to ensure each assessor has completed and holds a CSWIP level 1. Therefore, by 1st April 2020 all centres MUST have this in place.

PART B GUIDANCE FOR ASSESSING AOM 028, 030 and134

Appointed assessor(s) who assess the welding competence through the welded panel section (AOM028 or AOM030) MUST hold:

  • Sufficient and relevant technical /occupational competence in the IMI Accreditation route, at or above the level of the route being assessed as well as the minimum relevant Industry/trade experience. (5 years industry experience in an appropriate role relative to the route being assessed).
  • Have been certificated in the last two years for BS1140 and BS4872. In addition to this they must hold a CSWIP Level 1.
  • IMI Accredited Assessor
  • Due to changes made to assessor requirements, those assessors who have completed CSWIP-ATA-22-12 only, the IMI have allocated a 2 year transitional period for centres to ensure each assessor has completed and holds a CSWIP level 1. Therefore, by 1st April 2020 all centres MUST have this in place.

Additional wording has been updated throughout the strategy to embrace the current requirements of the accident repair industry.

New AOM – 230 – Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) – Calibration

The IMI have been working on a new standalone accreditation after consulting with the accident repair industry.

This IMI Accreditation was created to help the motor industry keep on top of constant, rapid changes in technology, legislation and working methods, by encouraging and measuring the current competence, knowledge and ability of those working with ADAS systems. It will provide proof of current competence and benefits both individuals and their employers.

This module is to ensure that the candidate has the ability to calibrate ADAS Systems, identify and correctly interpret information and demonstrate their ability in calibrate two ADAS sensors on a vehicle with a minimum of two operating systems

Autoglazing Accreditations

The existing four IMI Autoglazing accreditation routes have recently been redeveloped after consulting with the autoglazing industry. They now contain updated or new Assessed Outcome Modules at all levels. In addition to this, the online assessments have been rewritten to accommodate new technologies and processes which reflect the requirements needed for the autoglazing industry.

Please note: All AOMs have now been updated to reflect current industry terminology and latest vehicle technology.

There are some key changes which an approved IMI centre you should be aware of and these changes are detailed below:

Grade 2 Technician

AOM – 097 has been replaced with AOM -100 with ‘Basic and Complex’ removed.

Additional knowledge includes:

  • autonomous technology
  • EPA awareness, disposal procedures and waste management
  • awareness of ADAS and relevant company procedures
  • procedures used to report defects found on inspection after the removal of windscreens

Grade 1 Technician

In additional to those AOMs that feature in grade 2.

AOM- 099 now requires candidates to carry out calibration to an ADAS screen sensor after removal and replacing a front screen.

Bodyshop Technician

AOM – 099 has been replaced with AOM – 096 where the front screen is not required to be calibrated.

Additional knowledge to include:

  • EPA awareness, disposal procedures and waste management
  • procedures used to report defects found on inspection after the removal of windscreens.

Master Technician

This level has seen a significant change focusing on supporting and coaching of autoglazing technicians as well as containing new assessed outcome modules.

New assessment modules include:

  • Front windscreen – Instructional support task when investigating water entry
  • Remove and refit a door control module
  • ADAS Recalibration coaching task.

Both knowledge and skills have been developed to reflect the correct understanding and competence needing to be demonstrated by master technicians.