The New World of ATA - what are the changes?


2nd April 2012 - a big day for ATA

ATA Validity Period

In order to ensure technicians keep pace with vehicle technology and ever advancing repair methods, it is necessary to amend the accreditation window to a more appropriate three year period.

All those engaging with ATA, either for the first time or for reaccreditation, should make careful note of the following:     

•     Assessments completed by 23:59 March 31st will have 5 years on their ATA ID Card

•     Assessments completed after 00:00 April 1st will have 3 years on their ATA ID Card

Assessed Outcome Modules

Assessed Outcome Modules (AOM) will be introduced as an alternative ATA re-accreditation option. This change will provide the following benefits for individuals, employers and training providers:

•     For employers, it will provide a flexible re-accreditation approach, using agreed assessed outcome modules or full ATA assessment - whichever best suits their business.

•     It will enhance the value of becoming re-accredited by combining ATA assessment opportunities with update training modules already being undertaken to up skill technicians

•     It will ensure that accreditation keep pace with rapid change and advancements in technology.

It is not intended that the alternative model replace the existing approach - it would simply be an alternative route to reaccreditation.

The sector will see the introduction of an alternative re-accreditation model offering a choice of ATA Assessed Outcome Modules or full assessment in the following routes:

VDA, MET, Panel, Paint, and Light Vehicle

As with all existing ATA and AMA solutions, AOM will be Quality Assured and industry agreed to ensure the integrity of the industry standard is maintained.

Click to see the overview documents for:

VDA, MET, Panel, Paint, Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair and Light Vehicle Inspection

Please note - These are in draft format,; the final documents will be available by 31st March 2012.

 Cosmetic Repair overview is complete and final

Please note - Cosmetic Repair is not currently available in AOM format - Full Assessment only. 

Professional Registration

From 1st April 2012, those opting to achieve reaccreditation by means of the 'Assessed Outcome Modules' will also be placed on The IMI's Professional Register. From 1st April 2013 all those in possession of a current ATA accreditation will be placed on The Professional Register.

During this development period, phased transition will ensure that no individual currently signed up to the 5 year accreditation period will be disadvantaged. From 1st April 2012, all accreditations issued will have a validity period of 3 years. For any technician achieving accreditation prior to 1st April 2012, their accreditation will have a validity period of 5 years, until they subsequently re-accredit, at which point the accreditation period will be for 3 years.

For more information please see ATA FAQs or contact The IMI on 01992 511521

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