Inspect light vehicles using prescribed inspection methods

Business Sectors (Suites): Accident Repair - Joining,Maintenance and Repair - Light Vehicle
Developed by: IMI
Approved on: 30 Mar 2020


This NOS is about carrying out a range of inspections on light vehicles using a variety of prescribed testing and inspection methods.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

P1 use suitable personal and vehicle protective equipment throughout all vehicle inspection activities
P2 use suitable sources of technical information to support your vehicle inspection activities
P3 prepare the vehicle systems and work area for safe working procedures (where appropriate)
P4 carry out systematic vehicle inspections following:

P4.1 manufacturer's approved procedures
P4.2 recognised repair methods
P4.3 health, safety and environmental requirements
P4.4 prescribed documentation
P5 confirm all systems and components inspected function correctly following the manufacturer's specifications
P6 ensure your comparison of the vehicle against specification accurately identifies any:

P6.1 differences from the vehicle specification
P6.2 vehicle appearance and condition faults
P7 work in a way which minimises the risk of damage to the vehicle and its systems, other people and their property
P8 make suitable recommendations for future action based upon the results of your tests and inspections
P9 ensure your records and vehicle-related paperwork are accurate, complete and passed to the relevant person(s) promptly in the format required
P10 complete all inspection activities within the agreed timescale and to specification
P11 report any anticipated delays in completion to the relevant person(s) promptly 

Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

Legislative and organisational requirements and procedures *

K1 the legislation and workplace procedures relevant to: 

K1.1 health and safety
K1.2 the environment (including waste disposal)
K1.3 appropriate personal and vehicle protective equipment
K2 the legislation relevant to the vehicle inspections for pre-work, post-work, pre-delivery and maintenance.
K3 the importance of making accurate records of the results of your tests and inspections and interpreting them correctly
K4 the different formats in which records may be stored and how to access and update these records
K5 the importance of working to agreed timescales and keeping others informed progress
K6 the relationship between time and costs
K7 the importance of reporting anticipated delays to the relevant person(s) promptly

Sources of information

K8 how to find, interpret and use technical information
K9 the importance of using technical information to inform your inspection and testing of vehicles

Testing methods and the conduct of Inspections

K10 the hazards associated with working on or near high energy electrical vehicle components
K11 how vehicle systems operate (including the engine area, transmission area, chassis / frame area and electrical area) and the operational tolerances for the vehicle(s) on which you are working 
K12 how to follow procedures to carry out the systematic inspections described in the scoping statement above
K13 how to confirm the correct operation of vehicle systems 
K14 how to compare test and inspection results against vehicle specifications and legal requirements
K15 how to record test and inspection results in the format required

K16 how to make recommendations based upon the results of your inspections
K17 the implications of failing to carry out inspections activities correctly
K18 the implications of signing workplace documentation and vehicle records


**1.** **Vehicle inspections** are:

1.1. pre-work (including vehicle health check)
1.2. post work (including quality check)
1.3. pre-delivery
1.4. maintenance 

2. Test methods are:

2.1. visual
2.2. aural
2.3. functional
2.4. measurement

Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





This section contains examples and explanations of some of the terms used but does not form part of the standard.

Agreed timescales:
Examples include: manufacturer's recommended work times, job times set by your company or a job time agreed with a customer.

Appropriate test equipment to correctly confirm the functionality of the system that you are inspecting; this may include measuring equipment, specialist diagnostic equipment etc.

Maintenance inspections:
For example, brakes or tyres. 

These can be any of the following – light vehicles Additionally these vehicles: SI, CI, Hybrid or Alternative fuel vehicles.

Alternative fuel:
This is defined as any type of fuel that may be used to power an internal combustion engine, examples would include LPG, bio ethanol etc.

Sources of technical information:*
Examples include pre-determined / pre-printed inspection schedules, manufacturers' manuals and Trade Association check lists, workplace procedures.

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Indicative Review Date

31 Mar 2024





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Relevant Occupations

Engineering, Light Vehicle Service Technician (Automotive), Vehicle Trades

SOC Code



Inspect; motor; vehicles; prescribed; inspection; methods; light; pre-work; post-work