A voluntary assessment programme proving the current competence of technicians working in the retail motor industry
Automotive Technician Accreditation
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With the increasing complexity and sophistication of vehicles, there has never been a greater need for competent technicians. To highlight the skills required, the ATA scheme was launched in June 2005 by The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), following three years of research and development.
ATA is a voluntary scheme that proves a technician’s competence, giving reassurance to customers as well as raising the professional status and credibility of skilled individuals and their businesses. It is open to franchised and independent garage technicians and the scheme is backed by all major vehicle manufacturers and independent service and repair organisations, as well as consumer groups.
Governed by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), ATA registered technicians sign and are bound by a special Code of Conduct. They are issued with a photo identity card and their details are included on the ATA web site.
ATA brings major benefits for consumers, technicians and employers including:
Public awareness of ATA is growing, as well as consumers’ understanding of the importance of seeking motor industry personnel with the ATA standard.
The consumer campaign, “You know you’re OK with ATA” has been broadcast to more than 30 million people in the UK. Thousands of people have already used the ATA public register to find their nearest garage employing ATA staff at http://www.okwithata.com/
For more information about ATA and how to achieve accreditation, visit www.automotivetechnician.org.uk or call 01992 511521 for further information.