Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician (Apprenticeship Level 3)

(Light Vehicle)


A motor vehicle technician services and repairs light vehicles such as cars and vans and works either in dealerships that focus on a particular manufacturer, or for an independent garage that deals with many different makes of vehicles. They work on all the systems found within the vehicle. The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment. 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal vocational entry criteria but candidates should be able to show a keen interest in the repair of motor vehicles and have the ability to achieve level 2 English and maths if not already previously achieved.

Functional Skills

Ideally candidates would have English and Maths at GCSE Grade C (or F/S Level 2) but employers who recruit candidates without English and Maths at GCSE Grade C /4 (or F/S Level 2) or above must ensure that the candidate achieves this standard before the apprentice is submitted for the end point assessment. Where level 2 has been achieved previously, apprentices will develop their English and maths skills throughout the whole of the apprenticeship.


It is expected that it will typically take three years for the apprentice to reach the required level of competence in the workplace although it may be less if the individual already has significant training and practical experience.


On completion and achievement of the Standard, progression routes will be provided and discussed with the individual to enable them to make informed choices about their continuous professional development.


Levy paying employers may fund apprentices on this programme from their Apprenticeship Account and non-levy paying SMEs through the co-funded option. There may be a small fee for some SME’s.

End Assessment

The end point assessment is a two-day practical examination of the skills of the apprentice and their understanding of the underpinning theory. There will be approximately ten tasks that will provide an effective test of the range of skills required by a technician. They will be timed and carried out in an environment that simulates the workplace to ensure they provide an insight into the individual’s competence.

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