ata accreditation

there are many benefits to using their services provided by garages employing technicians with automotive technician accreditation. so let's find out more about this highly regarded scheme.

ata accreditation

Backed by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), the professional association for individuals in the motor industry, Automotive Technician Accreditation is a national voluntary scheme which tests the current competence of individuals working in the retail motor industry, who are committed to an ethical code of conduct.

The Institute is the Sector Skills Council for the automotive retail industry and the governing body for the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme.

The ATA Accredited Scheme was launched in 2005 and by 2010 there were more than 26,000 accredited individuals on the accreditation register. ATA is an industry standard benchmark of competence. An ATA accredited individual has proven their capability at performing the job in their particular specialism. To achieve an ATA accreditation, an individual must pass a combination of knowledge and practical assessments and agree to abide by an ethical Code of Conduct. The code provides both individuals and motorists with a standard of behaviour that is regulated by the IMI. This is the ATA Code of Conduct by which all ATA automotive technicians must operate.

ATA Code of Conduct

Uphold the standing of the profession and conduct themselves in such a manner as not to bring the profession into disrepute.

? At all times be strictly professional in their approach to the public, business colleagues and all those whom they meet in their day-to-day business activities

? Maintain professional competence and skills in respect of all developments and legislation applicable to this profession (continuing professional development, CPD)

? Perform their duties and observe their responsibilities to their employers, staff and the public with integrity, courtesy and consideration

? Not incur personal gain through abuse of their professional position

? Work within the framework of the law at all times, particularly relating to the operation of the organisation with which they are connected

? Respect the confidentiality of any information given by customers, employers, staff and suppliers

? Not directly, indirectly or unfairly injure the reputation of another accredited individual

? Encourage staff under their control to raise their educational standards and skill through training and development (CPD)

ATA is a means of identifying people with proven current technical skills who have also signed a code of conduct. Increasingly, consumers want to know their vehicle is in safe and reliable hands and ATA is the first national scheme to identify these individuals.

Public awareness of ATA is growing, as well as consumers' understanding of the importance of seeking motor industry personnel with the ATA standard.

The consumer campaign, "You know you're OK with ATA", has been broadcast to more than 30 million people in the UK. Thousands of people have already used the ATA public register to find their nearest garage employing ATA staff at http://www.okwithata.com. Why not join them?