Licencing types and levels

irtec is a renewable accreditation scheme that assesses the safety and competence of technicians who maintain and repair vehicles in the commercial vehicle, trailer and passenger carrying industries.

You can gain irtec licence at 5 different career levels which reflect your job role and experience. Technicians who take the irtec test are assessed on their theoretical and practical skills and, if successful, are awarded an irtec licence that is valid for 5 years.

Once accredited, irtec technicians agree to abide by the irtec code of conduct, receive a licence card, certificate and are placed on the irtec Technicians Directory. As an additional benefit, irtec licence holders are eligible to apply for a free Halfords Trade Card.

 

Licensing levels

Service Maintenance Technician

This irtec route is intended for technicians who carry out maintenance on:

  • Large Commercial Vehicle
  • Bus and Coach
  • Heavy Vehicle Trailer

Skills and knowledge requirements

The minimum entry requirement is 2 years industrial experience OR a Level 2 S/NVQ (or equivalent qualification) plus at least one year's experience in a relevant industrial environment. The technician must be able to work unsupervised and ideally be in full time employment to ensure they are familiar with the skills, knowledge and techniques associated with vehicle maintenance and repair activities.

Assessment

In order to achieve an irtec licence, a technician must first carry out a theory test (30 Questions Underpinning Knowledge) at an irtec-approved assessment centre. Once the theory test is completed successfully, technician has 12 months to complete all the practical assessments.

Practical assessments can be carried out at an irtec centre or the workplace (additional charges may be applicable) by an irtec-approved assessor.

The practical assessments tested in the Service Maintenance Technician Licence are as follows:

Braking Systems  50 mins
Engine Electrical Systems   50 mins
Engine Mechanical Systems 50 mins
Hydraulic/Pneumatic Systems 50 mins
Wheel Alignment & Steering 50 mins

Inspection Technician

This irtec route is intended for technicians involve in inspection on:

  • Large Commercial Vehicle
  • Bus and Coach
  • Heavy Vehicle Trailer

Skills and Knowledge Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is 3 years industrial experience OR a Level 3 S/NVQ (or equivalent qualification) plus at least one year's experience in a relevant industrial environment. The technician must be able to work unsupervised and ideally be in full time employment to ensure they are familiar with the skills, knowledge and techniques associated with vehicle inspection.

Assessment

The candidate will need to demonstrate the correct inspection methods and use the appropriate equipment and information when making judgements on the serviceability of vehicle systems and components.

In order to achieve an irtec licence, a technician must first carry a theory test (Under Pinning Knowledge) at an irtec-approved assessment centre. Once the theory test is completed successfully, technician has 12 months to complete all the practical assessments.

As part of the underpinning knowledge test there are 50 theory questions related to the technician’s industry sector: 30% of the questions will be legislation related, 70% will be technical.

Large Commercial Vehicle

Practical Assessment                                        1.5 hours
Underpinning Knowledge Tests
                      1 hour
35 questions - Technical
15 questions – Legislative

Bus & Coach

Practical Assessment                                          1.5 – 2 hours
Underpinning Knowledge Tests
                        1 hour
35 questions - Technical
15 questions – Legislative

Heavy Vehicle Trailer

Practical Assessment                                          1 – 1.5 hours
Underpinning Knowledge Tests
                        1 hour
35 questions - Technical
15 questions – Legislative

Timings are approximate and may vary depending on candidate capability.

Advanced Technician

This irtec route is intended for technicians who carry out maintenance, fault diagnosis and repair on:

  • Large Commercial Vehicle
  • Bus and Coach

Skills and Knowledge Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is 3 years industrial experience OR a Level 3 S/NVQ (or equivalent qualification) plus at least one year's experience in a relevant industrial environment. The technician must be able to work unsupervised and ideally be in full time employment to ensure they are familiar with the skills, knowledge and techniques associated with irtec Advanced Technician level.

Assessment

In order to achieve an irtec licence, a technician must first carry out ay test (30 Questions Underpinning Knowledge) at an irtec-approved assessment centre. Once the theory test is completed successfully, technician has 12 months to complete all the practical assessments.

Practical assessments can be carried out at an irtec centre or the workplace (additional charges may be applicable) by an irtec-approved assessor.

The practical assessments in the Advanced Technician licence are as follows:

Engine Electrical Systems 60 mins
Mechanical Systems  60 mins
Braking Systems 60 mins
Chassis Systems 60 mins
Electrical Systems 60 mins

Master Technician

This irtec level provides recognition for individuals who are either working towards a senior position such as a supervisory role or similar role within a maintenance and repair workshop environment in:

- Large Commercial Vehicle

- Bus and Coach

Skills and Knowledge Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is 5 years industrial experience OR a Level 4 S/NVQ (or equivalent qualification) plus at least one year's experience in a relevant industrial environment. This is to ensure they are familiar with the skills, knowledge and techniques required to diagnose system faults, communicate effectively at all levels and be able to transfer their technical knowledge to others such as apprentices & technicians.

Assessment

In order to achieve an irtec licence, a technician must first carry out a theory test (30 Questions Underpinning Knowledge) at an irtec-approved assessment centre. Once the theory test is completed successfully, technician has 12 months to complete all the practical assessments.

Practical assessments can be carried out at an irtec centre or the workplace (additional charges may be applicable) by an irtec-approved assessor.

The practical assessments in the Master Technician licence are as follows:

Electrical System Diagnostics 60 mins
Computer Based Test Equipment 60 mins
Diesel Fuel and Emission Systems 60 mins
Instructional Support 60 mins
Effective Communication 60 mins

Large Electric Vehicle: High Voltage Isolation, Reinstatement and Safety

This irtec level is intended for technicians involved in the isolation, reinstatement and safety associate with high voltage driveline systems fitted to a 'Large Electric Vehicles'

The term 'Large Electric Vehicle' relates to a hybrid or full electric vehicle, for example:

  • A vehicle which exceeds 3,500kg as described in the DVSA HGV Inspection Manual
  • Category M2 or M3 vehicle described in the DVSA PSV Inspection Manual
  • Other types may be considered but might require authorisation by the IMI

Skills and Knowledge Requirements

Minimum candidate entry requirement is at least 3 years’ experience in vehicle maintenance and repair. This is to ensure they are familiar with the skills, knowledge, and techniques with high voltage driveline systems. Experience could count in another sub-sector such as LCV, LCOMV or B&C in:

  • Current irtec Service Maintenance Technician
  • Current irtec Advanced Technician

 OR

Level 5 S/NVQ (or equivalent qualification) plus at least 1-year post qualification experience.

The candidate must be a minimum age of 18, be in full time employment and must be able to work unsupervised.

Assessment

In order to achieve an irtec licence, a technician must first carry out an online multiple-choice test (30 Questions Underpinning Knowledge) at an irtec-approved assessment centre. Once the theory test is completed successfully, technician has 12 months to complete all the practical assessments.

Practical assessments can be carried out at an irtec centre or the workplace (additional charges may be applicable) by an irtec-approved assessor. The practical task is to demonstrate the correct and safe methods, use appropriate equipment and information to isolate and reinstate a large electric vehicle high voltage driveline system.