The purpose of an MOT tester (also known as a Nominated Tester) is to carry out specific checks on vehicles to ensure that they are road worthy.
All MOT testers are required to complete a Nominated Tester Training (NTT) course. Upon approval MOT testers must keep up-to-date with industry changes by taking a refresher course every five years.
In order to be eligible to undertake the NTT course the individual must; have a full UK drivers license; have at least four years of full time employment within the service and repair industry; and have no criminal convictions associated with the MOT testing industry.
The salary of an MOT tester can fluctuate depending on the establishment and whether or not the tester has other relevant skills. The average salary is £23,000, whilst employment within inner city areas could peak at as much as £31,000.
There are an abundance of MOT testing jobs available all over the country. This is because most garages will require a certain amount of their mechanics to have a Nominated Tester qualification. Some garages will employ their own in-house mechanic staff to become MOT testers, whilst others may choose to acquire part time and full time staff through recruitment agencies.