Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician: Light Vehicle Apprenticeship, Level 3

Course overview

A motor vehicle technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans and works either in dealerships that focus on a particular manufacturer, or for an independent garage that deals with many different makes of vehicles. They work on all the systems found within the vehicle. The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. They must have strong problem-solving skills and a good grasp of the theoretical and practical aspects of a vehicle’s systems.

The Vehicle Maintenance & Repair, Level 3 (standard) will give apprentices the opportunity to develop the following skills:

• Foundation tasks common to all vehicle procedures
• Maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop
• Access specific vehicle repair information
• Diagnostic, mechanical and electrical measuring equipment
• Inspect and prepare a vehicle
• Service and maintain a vehicle
• Remove repair/replace components in line with manufacturer’s standards
• Investigate symptoms of vehicle fault(s)
• Apply advanced diagnostic principles and logical problem
• Current flow diagrams and electrical test equipment

The apprentice will also develop knowledge in the following areas:
• Fundamentals of vehicle technologies
• The types, and associated characteristics, of light vehicles
• Diagnostic principles and logical problem-solving techniques
• Emerging automotive technologies

Entry requirements

Individual employers will set the selection criteria for the applicant. It is recommended during the selection process that candidates demonstrate the following qualities: Interested in the way vehicles operate and the potential to research, analyse and solve problems; organised, methodical and pays attention to detail; able to work in a team and to communicate well both orally and in writing; cares about delivering excellent service – both internally and externally to colleagues and customers; able to demonstrate general analytical and mechanical skills. It is also recommended that the candidate can demonstrate a capacity for mechanical reasoning and good spatial awareness, Employers who recruit candidates without English and Maths at GCSE Grade C (or Functional Skills Level 2) or above must ensure that the candidate achieves this level before the Apprenticeship Standard can be awarded to the individual.

Apprentices are involved in the servicing, maintenance and leak testing of equipment that contains refrigerants. Therefore; before the Standard is met, all apprentices must hold a qualification that meets the EU’s 2014 F-gas regulation. Acceptable qualifications required to work on mobile air conditioners that contain F gas are listed here. On successful.

How will I be assessed?

The End Point Assessment (EPA) can only be triggered after 12 months of starting the apprenticeship and is dependent on when the employer and training provider decide the apprentice is ready. EPA is typically expected to conclude within 3 months. The employer has the final decision to progress the apprentice to EPA. The apprentice and training provider should feel confident the learning outcomes have been achieved.

The EPA consists of three elements, all of which may be completed online. All assessment methods need to be passed. Each assessment method should directly assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the Standard. The assessor has the final decision.