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    The apprenticeship may take up to 36 months to complete.

    Study method

    Apprentices will be based in the workplace throughout the duration of their apprenticeship. As part of the standard, apprentices will be required to attend college for day release training. Subject to numbers, training at college can be delivered in block sessions.



    Entry requirements

    Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for applicants. It is recommended that candidates can demonstrate an interest in the occupation as well as an ability to work in an organised and methodical way to identify and solve problems; also demonstrate an ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 prior to taking their apprenticeship end-point assessment.

    Course overview

    Written by employers within the automotive retail industry, the Motor Vehicle Service & Maintenance Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard is suitable for aspiring technicians. Learn to service and repair light vehicles, replace components, solve complex faults, use diagnostic methods and equipment, as well as a whole array of other skills.


    • The basics of vehicle technologies and emerging technologies
    • Types and characteristics of light vehicles
    • Diagnostic principles and logical problem-solving techniques
    • Basic tasks common to all procedures
    • How to maintain a safe and efficient workshop
    • Using specialist equipment
    • Servicing and maintaining a vehicle without supervision
    • Investigating vehicle faults and identifying causes
    • Removing, repairing and replacing parts in line with the manufacturer’s standards.

    Additional information

    A motor vehicle technician service and repairs light vehicles, working in either a dealership that focuses on a particular manufacturer, or for an independent garage. Working on all systems found within the vehicle, the nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts, right through to diagnosing and rectifying complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. Mandatory – all apprentices are required to hold or obtain the F-Gas qualification in line with the EU regulations. This states that everyone involved in the installation, commissioning, service, maintenance and leak testing of stationary refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump equipment requires this.

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