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Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Light Vehicle) (ST0033/AP03/AP04)



Important Notice: EPA Skills Assessment Re-sit/Re-take - Please be advised that we have received an update from RMISC, our EQAP for Light Vehicle Standards;

  1. ‘A re-sit does not require further learning, whereas a re-take does.'
  2. ‘The apprentice’s employer will need to agree that a re-sit/re-take is an appropriate course of action.’
  3. ‘To achieve a pass grade for the Skills Test: all grade descriptors must be demonstrated at a minimum of pass. Any fail grading will lead to an overall fail of the Skills Test.’

Therefore, where a grade descriptor has been marked as failed, we would request that the candidate’s employer needs to authorise a retake or resit, based on a ‘supportive action plan,’ the candidate will need to resit or retake the Skills Test in full.


Written by employers within the automotive retail industry, the Motor Vehicle Service & Maintenance Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard is suitable for aspiring technicians. Learn to service and repair light vehicles, replace components, solve complex faults, use diagnostic methods and equipment, as well as a whole array of other skills.

Designed with different learning styles in mind, IMI’s solution ensures apprentices are fully engaged and prepared for their End-Point Assessment (EPA). The new standard replaces the outgoing SASE level 3 framework and attracts government funding.


A motor vehicle technician services and repairs light vehicles, working in either a dealership that focuses on a particular manufacturer, or for an independent garage. Working on all systems found within the vehicle, the nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts, right through to diagnosing and rectifying complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment.

Duration 36 months

It is expected that it will typically take three years for the apprentice to attain the required level of competence in the workplace, although it may be less if the individual already has significant training and practical experience.  

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for the applicant. It is recommended during the selection process that the learner demonstrates the following qualities:

  • Interested in motor vehicles
  • General analytical and mechanical skills
  • Research and problem solving skills
  • Organised, methodical and good attention to detail
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written
  • Works as part of a team to deliver excellent service

Mandatory - All apprentices are required to hold or obtain the F-Gas qualification in line with the EU regulation. This states that everyone involved in the installation, commissioning, service, maintenance and leak testing of stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment requires this.

Mandatory - English and Maths L2 (or equivalent), to be held by the learner prior to their End-Point Assessment. IMI provides solutions to any apprentice that does not have a L2 (or equivalent) in Maths or English before starting, to achieve this before completion of the standard.

Assessment overview

There are no requirements for on-programme formative assessment. However, employers are recommending that, in addition to the formal EPA Gateway, there are also on-programme Gateways in place. The on-programme Gateways can be used to review the apprentice’s knowledge, skills and behaviour, as set out by Gateway criteria. This will also confirm the apprentice is meeting expectations at the EPA Gateway prior to their EPA.

Gateway 1 (Optional)

  • Review of eLogbook against Soft Skills and Behaviour Assessment tool
  • Skills Assessment (Practical Task)
  • Knowledge Assessment (Online Test)

Gateway 2 (Optional)  

  • Review of eLogbook against Soft Skills and Behaviour Assessment tool
  • Skills Assessment (Practical Task)
  • Knowledge Assessment (Online Test)

End-Point Assessment Gateway (Mandatory)

  • English + Maths Level 2
  • Review eLogbook and criteria listed in the Behaviour tool
  • F-Gas

End-Point Assessment

  • Review of completed eLogbook
  • Knowledge Assessment (Online Test)
  • Skills Assessment (Practical Task)
  • In-depth professional review
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Want to know more?

IMI Approved Centres can apply to offer this apprenticeship standard here.

Alternatively call us on +44 (0)1992 511521 and we will be happy to help.


Q. What are the changes to ST0033/AP04?
A. Changes in summary from 1st January 2022:
After each skills task, the independent assessor must ask a set of five open questions. The following marking boundaries must be applied:

  • AP03 a minimum of one question answered correctly per task = Pass
  • AP04 a minimum of three questions answered correctly per task = Pass

Q. Should Apprentices registered on the End Point Assessment for ST0033/AP03 move onto the End Point Assessment for ST0033/AP04?A. Apprentices currently on AP03 can transfer over to AP04 if they have not yet reached EPA Gateway. 
Important note: This is optional, and at the employer’s discretion, in agreement with the Apprentice.


Q. Can we have different cohorts of Apprentices on different assessment plans?
A. Yes, you can have different cohorts of Apprentices on different assessment plans. Apprentice's start date submitted on the ILR will determine which assessment plan they will be expected to undertake EPA against. For example, if an apprentice was enrolled on or after the 1st January 2022 they must undertake EPA against the AP04 plan.

Q. What do we do if we are approved for AP03 and now want to gain approval for AP04?
A. If you are an existing centre already approved against ST0033 AP03, you will shortly receive a notification document detailing your existing AP03 contract and terms and conditions remain valid and will also cover AP04 assessment plan. As this is a minor change no terms and conditions have been amended.