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L1 Award in Electric Vehicle Awareness

This qualification is available in England and Northern Ireland only.

This Qualification is being withdrawn on 30th June 2018 please see new electric vehicle qualifications

Who is it suitable for?

This VRQ has been designed for people (including paramedics and sales staff), who may encounter high voltage vehicles and who require an awareness of their hazards.


This qualification contains the knowledge of the dangers surrounding electric vehicles and the precautions to avoid potential injury. The purpose and aim of the suite IMI electric vehicle qualifications (VRQs) is to instruct individuals from the retail automotive industry and the public service sector (for example, members of the emergency services, who may attend an accident involving an electric vehicle) in the maintenance, service, and/or handling of electric vehicles.

These qualifications have been developed by the IMI in conjunction with electric vehicle manufacturers, component suppliers and the IMI Sector Skills Council. They are the first qualifications of their kind to address electric vehicle (high voltage) technology. The qualifications are essential to ensure the health and safety of individuals working with electric vehicles.


This qualification is assessed by an online test, only.

Teaching and Learning Materials

Autonomy, online learning solutions for the automotive sector.Visit the EV Guide ( for free information about hybrid and electric vehicles. It's aimed at giving people, new to the technology, an overview of hybrid and electric vehicles including the benefits and key features of both types of vehicle and the safety points to consider. The learning resource is generic – you will need about 30 minutes to view the site making it ideal to use with all cohorts.

Want to know more?

Please contact an IMI approved centre.


View this qualification on the Register of Regulated Qualifications