There are four types of licences
You can gain irtec licence at 4 different career levels which reflect your job role and experience. Licences can be taken in various vehicle classes. During the assessements, we test technicians on practical competence and theoretical knowledge.
SOE and IMI work hard to ensure that irtec reflects the needs of employers, as they are constantly changing.
The cost of taking an irtec licence test varies depending at which irtec assessment centre the tests are taken. Some assessment centres also offer pre-test training which comes at an additional cost. You can use this site to search for an assessment centre convenient to you, they will give you a cost based on your specific requirements.
The SMT level is essentially the entry level. It is comprised of 5 individual practical modules (Braking Systems, Vehicle Electronic Systems, Engine Mechanical Systems, Transmission Systems, Suspension and Steering Systems) and 1 online theory test. To complete this level, candidates should have a basic understanding of each of these subjects and be competent at replacing components specific to the modules.
All Assessment Centres suggest the SMT level licence takes at-least a day to complete, although the online theory test doesn’t need to be completed on the same day as the practical tests. This can be done within 12 months of completing the practical assessments.
The IT level was introduced in January 2011. The IT licence is comprised of 1 practical module (Inspection of Vehicles) and 1 online theory test. To complete this level, candidates should be competent at inspecting a vehicle and identifying faults. IT is the most commonly taken level as it examines the candidates’ knowledge against the VOSA testers’ manual.
The theory test is more in-depth compared to the SMT level, and is specific to vehicle inspection. 30% of the questions will be legislation related, 70% will be technical
All Assessment Centres suggest the IT level licence takes at-least half a day.
The AT level is essentially a step up from the SMT level. It is comprised of the same modules as the SMT level, just in greater detail.
The MT level is essentially a step up from AT, released in 2012. It is comprised of 5 practical modules (Braking Systems, Vehicle Electronic Systems, Engine Electrical Systems, Customer Liaison and Instructional Support) and 1 online theory test.