Motor vehicle service and maintenance technician (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. The nature of the work ranges from replacing simple parts through to solving complex faults with the use of diagnostic methods and equipment.


Year 1

  • Understand Health and safety requirements of a light vehicle repair workshop
  • Understand the maintenance procedures for Tools and equipment
  • Know the main components found on a light vehicles
  • Be able to contribute to the maintenance of a safe and efficient workshop
  • Be able to carry out fundamental tasks associated with removal and replacement procedures on a vehicle
  • Understand the business
  • Understand Electrical Systems
  • Understand Servicing requirements
  • Understand the implications of fitting Accessories
  • Use systems and equipment to carry out routine services and inspections

Year 2

  • Remove and replace a range of components
  • Understand Vehicle Batteries
  • Understand Lighting and Auxiliary Systems
  • Understand Wheels and Tyres Construction
  • Understand Disc Brakes Construction
  • Understand Steering
  • Understand Engine Types and Configurations
  • Understand Exhaust Systems
  • Understand Engine Cooling and Lubrication Systems
  • Be able to identify faults and carry out repairs
  • Understand Diagnostic Skills
  • Understand Electrical Systems
  • Understand Drum Brakes
  • Understand Suspension Layouts and Components
  • Understand Four wheel alignment
  • Understand Power assisted steering
  • Understand Vehicle Starting and Charging System
  • Understand Ignition Systems
  • Understand Transmission and Drivelines

Year 3

  • Understand how to diagnose and repair faults that require in depth investigation
  • Understand Engine Inlet Systems
  • Understand Engine Sensors
  • Understand Fuel Systems
  • Understand Emissions
  • Understand Clutches
  • Understand Advanced Suspension Systems
  • Understand Brake Hydraulics
  • Understand Stability control systems
  • Be able to overhaul major engine and transmission components
  • Understand manual gearboxes
  • Understand Engine mechanical systems
  • Understand engine lubrication systems
  • Understand automatic transmission systems
  • Alternative fuels and hybrid and electric systems


The duration of this apprenticeship is approximately 36 months.

Location and study format:

The course will be held at procat basildon campus and studied on a mixture of block and day release.

Entry requirements:

GCSE grades 4 (or c) in maths and english.


The apprenticeship standard is at level 3.



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 continuous professional development.

Funding band:

This apprenticeship is in funding band 12 with a funding cap of £18,000.

For more information on how apprenticeship funding works for your organisation, click here.


Apprenticeship standard for a motor vehicle service
and maintenance technician

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Assessment plan for a motor vehicle
service and maintenance technician

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