Panel TechnicianPanel technicians may become accredited at the following levels:
A requirement of ATA is the prerequisites for each grade of technician to pass an assessment.
To be eligible to take the assessment, a panel technician must:
To attain each level of accreditation, technicians will have to pass practical assessments and an on-line knowledge test.
To ensure currency of assessments, no more than six months may elapse between the first successful assessment and the last successful assessment.
Technicians who are referred on one or two practical assessments may re-take these assessments within the six-month period. Technicians who are referred on more than two practical assessments will have to retake all the assessments again.
From the 1st March 2010 the practical assessments at technician level will measure competence in the following:
On Line Assessments
To allow flexibility the online knowledge test can be taken before, during or after the assessment day. The test remains valid for 6 months from completion. If all other assessments have not been completed within 6 months, centres will need to contact the IMI to reset the test and the applicant will need to complete the test again.
The test will be multiple choice 'online' and consist of 30 randomised questions. The time limit for the test will be 45 minutes.
The technician level on-line test will be aligned to national occupational standards and measure knowledge in the following areas:
Panel ATA Guidelines for Candidates can be downloaded here (pdf).
'Further Guidance for Candidates' from IMI Awards is available here (pdf).
You can download the application form here (pdf).
Please indicate on the front sheet of your ATA Application form if your delegate has any special needs that Thatcham need to be aware of.
Also, please indicate your BSI Audit/Inspection date, if you are applying for PAS 125. This will assist us to ensure delegates are offered assessment dates, where possible, prior to the audit/inspection taking place.
Thatcham will require the original copy of the application form for audit purposes, however, customers may also fax their application to us for initial processing.
Please Note : To ensure currency of assessments the IMI have stated that no more that 12 months may elapse between the first assessment and the last successful assessment. Therefore once the 12 month period has expired, a delegate will be required to commence all elements of their chosen assessment from the beginning.
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Becoming an ATA Registered Technician
1. Contact your nearest ATA Approved Assessment Centre
Attend and complete your practical assessments and on-line test. You will be expected to sign the ATA Code of Conduct and have your photograph taken, for the ATA photo identity card.
If you pass all your assessments, you will be advised on the day, with the exception of Estimator Accreditation, where delegates will be notified within 10 working days.
You will receive written notification of your success, your photo identity card and full details on making the most of ATA within two weeks. You will also be registered on the public register of ATA technicians on this website.
Otherwise, the assessment centre will provide written guidance on your training needs. You will be able to complete a partial re-assessment in those areas in which you were not successful, at an additional cost. However, if you are unsuccessful in more than two practical assessments, you will need to take all the assessments again.
3. Make the most of your accreditation
This will be valid for five years from the day of your assessment, after which time you will need to complete a full re-assessment to renew your Accreditation.
ATA registered Technicians have their own area on this web site for updating their details — which appear on the ATA Register of Technicians, ATA news and ordering point-of-sale materials.
All ATA Registered Technicians agree to abide by the ATA Code of Conduct as a condition of accreditation.