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Technicians given leg up the status ladder

Hot on the heels of the launch of Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA), efforts by the retail motor sector’s professional association, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), to raise the status and profile of skilled individuals have received a further boost.

The IMI has been granted approval as a licensed member of the Engineering Council (ECUK), which regulates the engineering profession in the UK and represents the interests of UK engineers internationally. Its mission is to set and maintain standards of professional competence and ethics for engineers, technologists and technicians and license institutions deemed competent to promote and uphold these standards.

Members of the IMI who possess its own specialist automotive engineering grades, Certificated Automotive Engineer (CAE) and Advanced Automotive Engineer (AAE), may be eligible for the internationally recognised award of Engineering Technician - EngTech, which entitles the holder to inclusion on the ECUK’s Register of Engineers. Additionally, IMI members who have achieved Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) status at either Diagnostic or Master Technician level may be able to apply.

The inclusion of automotive technicians on the Register of Engineers is a major step forward in raising the perception of such a skilled technical profession, particularly among prospective entrants to the industry. More than 800 IMI members, whose credentials meet the appropriate criteria, have applied to the Engineering Council for this additional recognition, for which they have undertaken a commitment to continuing professional development (CPD).

The IMI is licensed by ECUK to assess the eligibility of registrants and monitor the conduct and continuing professional development (CPD) of those who hold EngTech status. The IMI’s CPD scheme promotes opportunities for members to keep up-to-date in their respective fields and improve their individual skills.

Welcoming this development, Sarah Sillars, IMI chief executive, said:

"Improving the status and recognition of technicians is one of the IMI’s key objectives so our new association with the Engineering Council will help enormously in our continuing efforts. It complements ATA extremely well, which offers technicians both industry-specific accreditation as well as generic engineering recognition and also strengthens our support of the Engineering Technology Board and Automotive Skills in promoting a structured career path for aspiring and capable recruits."