What is irtec?

Independent technician accreditation

irtec is a renewable and voluntary accreditation scheme that assesses the safety and competence of technicians who maintain and repair vehicles in the commercial vehicle, trailer and passenger carrying industries.

Skills, safety and professional development

Through irtec, technicians and mechanics can add to their qualifications and demonstrate that their skills and knowledge are up-to-date.
An irtec licence proves a commitment to safety and demonstrable professional development by both the technician and employer.

Technicians who take the irtec test are assessed on their theoretical and practical skills and, if successful, are awarded an irtec licence.
An irtec licence certifies the individual, rather than the employer, and can be used to demonstrate a common standard of skills from one company to the next.

irtec licences are awarded at four levels and in several vehicle classes, depending on the technician’s skills, experience and road transport industry sector.
Once an irtec licence is issued, the technician is listed on the irtec Technicians Directory and is bound by a Code of Conduct.

An irtec licence is valid for a period of five years after which the licence holder must undergo reassessment for renewal.


After identifying a need for technicians in road transport to be able to prove their skills, competence and safety, irtec was established by the IRTE Professional Sector of SOE.

In 2010 the SOE joined forces with IMI (Institute of the Motor Industry), the leading awarding body for the retail motor industry, to strengthen irtec’s aims to improve industry competence and standards. SOE and IMI work together, in consultation with industry, on the development of the irtec assessments, to ensure that irtec reflects the changing needs of employers and industry.

IMI manages the quality assurance process for irtec, including the approval of new irtec testing centres, monitoring of the assessments and assessors.

Read more about the licences and how to apply.