irtec Licence - Technical Staff Competency Assessments

The irtec Licence is a qualification developed for vehicle technicians in the HGV, PCV and trailer sectors. It is a nationally recognised certificate that demonstrates a level of skill to any employer in the road transport industry that the inspection technician has reached the required standard to undertake vehicle operator licence type inspections. Technicians who take the irtec Licence are assessed on their underpinning knowledge, this is a test performed online. If successful the candidate then progresses and performs a practical skills test on their individual inspection technique. If the candidate acquires the required pass result, the candidate is awarded the irtec Licence and registered on the IRTE irtec register for the duration of five years.

FTA is one of the largest assessment centres offering the irtec licensing scheme nationally from registration through to certification. Alternatively, separate bespoke practical assessments are available if required. A requirement of both technical and irtec licensing is that the candidate must have a minimum of three years’ experience in the field of servicing and inspection of the relevant vehicles for which the licence relates to.

FTA can manage all aspects of the irtec Licensing scheme from registration with the IMI to supplying the required IT systems for performing the online underpinning test.

Course content

  • An online underpinning knowledge test to measure existing understanding
  • Practical Inspection Technician Assessment

Course duration

Online underpinning knowledge test (Dependent on technology available)

Half day

Up to 10 candidates

Practical Inspection Technician Assessment

1 day

Maximum 3 delegates or 4 delegates for trailer technicians 

HGV Inspection Procedures and Standards

PCV Inspection Procedures and Standards

Trailer Inspection and Defect Assessment 

Online underpinning knowledge test

(Dependent on technology available)

Maximum 6 delegates

Practical Inspection Technician Assessment

3 delegates per day


Price on application

Booking and information

This course is usually only available as an in-company option. However, we occasionally run public courses if demand is high enough. For more information please email or call 03717 11 22 22.