Tyre Technician Professional Development Scheme

The NTDA Tyre Technician Development Scheme was introduced following the huge success of the REACT working safely at the roadside licensing scheme, the recent changes to the apprenticeship framework and the general interest expressed by NTDA tyre retailers to have a standardised licensing scheme for retail centre based personnel.

This scheme, effectively, is intended to act as a form of self-regulation for the tyre retail industry and represents a very exciting opportunity for both employers and employees in that it improves the mobility of tyre technicians by providing them with a nationally recognised licence designed to demonstrate their competency. Similar self-regulation schemes have proven highly effective in other industries, such as the Electro-technical Certification Scheme (ECS), which has issued thousands of cards to competent electricians.

The NTDA Tyre Technician Professional Development Scheme is based on the following structure:

  1. Licensed Retail Tyre Technician (LRTT)
  2. Licensed Vehicle Service Technician (LVST)
  3. Licensed Commercial Tyre Technician (LCTT) (Although not a retail depot based licence, this category was added as a steering group of tyre industry training professionals unanimously agreed the need for this progression route. This does not replace the REACT Licence to Work Safely at the Roadside scheme, which will remain unchanged, as it relates to roadside safe working as opposed to specific commercial tyre fitting competencies.)

The common criteria for a company to apply for any of the above licences is as follows:

Whether applications are submitted by a tyre retailer, manufacturer’s training department, or independent training provider, an individual must have been trained or re-trained, (which could also be refresher training), and assessed as competent against the relevant occupational standards criteria for each of the licences. Evidence of this, (such as certificates, training records, course attendance records etc.), must be retained and made available, when requested, by the NTDA. The NTDA will maintain a database of all licensed personnel as it does, currently, for REACT.

Individual licence criteria:

Licensed Retail Tyre Technician (LRTT)

A licensed retail tyre technician is likely to come from a number of backgrounds, i.e. apprentice, trainee or from another company where they have gained experience, but may not hold relevant qualifications or where qualifications may be old or out of date. For an individual to qualify for the LRTT, they must be assessed as competent practitioners and have the relevant knowledge in the following for Car, Light Van and 4×4:

  • Fitting
  • Repair
  • Balancing
  • Four Wheel Alignment
  • TPMS
  • Manual Handling and Safe Working Practices

(In support of the above, see the full lists of skills and knowledge requirements in the IMI’s current Fast Fit Accreditation document).

 Licensed Vehicle Service Technician (LVST)

This is considered the next progression for the tyre technician. For an individual to qualify for the LVST, they must already hold the LRTT and in addition, be assessed as competent practitioners and have the relevant knowledge in the following for Car, Light Van and 4×4:

  • Customer Liaison
  • Vehicle Inspection and Appraisal
  • Battery and Related Components
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Braking Systems
  • Computer Based Testing Equipment

(In support of the above, see the full lists of skills and knowledge requirements in the IMI’s current Fast Fit Accreditation document).

Licensed Commercial Tyre Technician (LCTT)

The LCTT is category based as follows:

Category 1:         Truck

Category 2:         Specialist and Multi-wheel

Category 3:         Agricultural

Category 4:         Earth Mover

Category 5:         Industrial

LCTT certificates will be issued to accompany the licence showing the categories in which an individual has been assessed as a competent practitioner and in which they have demonstrated the relevant working knowledge.

For consistency, licence costs will be the same, across all categories, as the current REACT licence.

Companies interested in the Tyre Technician Professional Development Scheme, licensing, costs or finding a training provider should contact the NTDA on T: 01296 482128 or E: info@ntda.co.uk