IMI Accreditation in Paint – Senior Technician Level 3

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Part Time Day

City of Newport Campus

On Demand Courses will run subject to booking numbers
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In a nutshell

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is recognition of the current competence of professionals working in the retail motor industry and their commitment to an ethical code of conduct. In order to achieve IMI accreditation, you are required to pass a series of practical skills and knowledge modules (featured on this course) at the City of Newport Campus (an approved IMI centre).

This course is for...

...those looking to be a part of IMI

…engineers looking to be recognised by an awarding body

Course content

You will complete the following modules:

  • Polish Panel (Existing) AOM 014
  • Colour Identification & Colour Variant AOM 015
  • Surface Preparation AOM 016
  • Primed Surface – Flatting AOM 017
  • Panel Sealing AOM 018
  • Panel Preparation (New Panel) AOM 019
  • Wet on Wet Primer (application) AOM 020
  • Three Stage Pearlescent Paint (application) AOM 021
  • Paint Defects & Rectification Procedure AOM 023

Once you have passed all of the Assessed Outcome Modules (AOM) within a specific route you will receive an IMI ID Card (photo identity card) which is valid for a period of three years.

You will also be recognised through the ATA public register which allows the consumer to view technicians that are currently competent.


This will normally be a two day assessment which will also include an online multiple choice exam.

Benefits for individuals and employers include:

  • IMI provides reassurance that the skills and knowledge of the accredited individual have been assessed against the industry agreed standard
  • IMI standards are regularly reviewed to align to current technology, methodology and legislation
  • IMI accredited individuals agree to the code of conduct – in doing so, they commit to working ethically in our industry
  • IMI provides a national ‘skills benchmark’ that can be used for training and recruitment purposes. It is a recognised development path for individuals and employers alike.
  • IMI provides a fair but rigorous assessment. Quality assurance and consistency in the assessment process are guaranteed using a nationally recognised awarding organisation

Entry Requirements

You should be working in the accident repair sector of the industry and have at least three years’ experience to ensure you are familiar with the skills, knowledge and techniques required to give a fault-free finish for both the preparation of panels (existing and new) and the finishing of panels to match existing vehicle paint.

Additional information

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is the professional association and Sector Skills Council for the Retail Motor Industry. You must agree to and abide by the IMI Code of Conduct.

To maintain accreditation and prove current competence, you should be reassessed every three years.

Where can I study IMI Accreditation in Paint – Senior Technician Level 3?

City of Newport Campus
(Part Time Day)

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team