Wisbech provider Blyth Equipment has already completed irtec assessments.

Several providers of irtec and Workshop Accreditation are now open and taking bookings after establishing safety guidelines for assessments.

Rigorous measures have been put in place to ensure all parties have the required safety equipment and that social distancing rules are adhered to.

Wisbech provider Blyth Equipment already started assessing for irtec when its auditors travelled to Leicester in May to assess four technicians. All safety measures were agreed upon beforehand and each party was aware of their responsibilities, said Russell Hornby, Blyth Equipment auditor.

“Before we did the assessments, we wanted to make absolutely sure that everyone involved was not going to be safe. That included us, as assessors, and the technicians. Everybody wore masks and kept two metres or more apart throughout. It helped that the workshop was large and spacious, so we were able to keep our distance,” said Russell.

Daniel Moir, Society Chief Operating Officer, said: “Many providers of irtec and Workshop Accreditation are taking bookings for June, July and beyond. As long as they are following the correct procedures that now apply in workplaces and adhering to the IMI’s quality assurance protocols, then we would encourage them to continue.”

Other providers now taking bookings are: Cardiff and Vale College, Harveywood Training & Assessment, LJM Compliance Solutions Ltd, Lloyd Morgan Group Ltd, Red Phoenix Transport Training Solutions, SK College Group, Vehicle Inspection and Training Services (VIATS), Vehicle Technology Solutions Limited, Woldsway Training Limited, Lancaster Training Services Limited, Skillnet Limited and S&B Automotive Academy.

In March, the Society extended all expiring irtec and Workshop Accreditation licenses by three months.

To find out more information on irtec and Workshop Accreditation providers, go to: soe.org.uk