Professional Training & Accreditation

At Riverpark Training, not only do we provide high quality apprenticeships in the car repair industry, but we also train current professionals to the highest possible standards defined by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

IMI Accreditation at Riverpark

IMI Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) is a voluntary scheme that tests the competence of technicians working in the accident repair industry: showing a commitment to maintaining high standards, keeping up-to-date with the latest processes, and an ethical code of conduct.

To qualify, technicians should be working in the Accident Repair Sector of the automotive industry and have at least 3 years’ experience in their specific vocational area (Panel, Repair, or MET).

Need more information on IMI Accrediation, click here. Or looking for The Institute of Automotive Engineer Assessors (IAEA)? then click here.

Senior Paint IMI

Technicians must pass both a theory test and assessments of their practical skill (listed below):

  • Polish Panel (Existing)
  • Colour Identification & Colour Variant
  • Surface Preparation
  • Primed Surface - Flatting
  • Panel Sealing
  • Panel Preparation (New Panel)
  • Wet on Wet Primer (application)
  • 3 Stage Pearlescent Paint (application)
  • Paint Defects & Rectification Procedure

Senior Met IMI

Technicians must pass both a theory test and assessments of their practical skill (listed below):

  • Cosmetic Panel Alignment
  • Cooling Systems Components
  • SRS - Scan Tools
  • Vehicle Electrical - Complex Fault Finding
  • MET Complex
  • Vehicle Suspension
  • Four Wheel Alignment - Return to Specification
  • Four Wheel Alignment - Interpretation of Data

Panel IMI

Technicians must pass both a theory test and assessments of their practical skill (listed below):

  • Cosmetic Panel Alignment
  • Welded Panel/Section MAG/Bond/Rivet
  • Panel Damage (rectification)
  • Cold filler repair
  • MET - Complex
  • Rectify Bodyshell Misalignment (Setup, measure, adjust)
  • Aluminium Cosmetic Panel

Looking for Apprenticeships or Training courses?

We don't just cater for IMI accreditation, if you are looking for an apprenticeship or training courses specifically designed for the motor industry then follow the links below.

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The Institute of Automotive Engineer Assessors

Riverpark Training is now working with the IAEA to facilitate the Engineer’s practical assessment that is required every 3 years. If you are interested or want more information, please contact us.

AQP Salvage Exam

We also offer training and assessment for the AQP Salvage exam: this is a requirement for every assessor that is categorising damaged vehicles to have from October 2019

To apply for the AQP exam, follow these steps:

Step 1

Each candidate needs to complete an application form and register with the IAEA directly.  If you have not already done so, you can find application process on their website using the link below. 

Click here to find out detailed instructions on the application process and their costs.

Step 2

The IAEA will then send you confirmation documentation with candidate Id numbers and other information.  Once you receive info from IAEA we can then look at booking an exam date.

For more information or to book training /assessment for any professional accreditation programme, please contact Dave Frizell on 02890342400 or email

What is IMI Accreditation?

IMI Accreditation is a practical, non-academic way to demonstrate individual capability, providing independent proof of current competence, knowledge and skills. Accreditation typically takes just one day to achieve (depending on the specific route), with individuals assessed against industry-agreed standards.

About IMI

All IMI Accredited individuals are skilled, tested and regulated. The accreditation scheme is governed by IMI who are the professional association and Sector Skills Council for the automotive industry.

IMI Accreditation was established in 2005 and has developed to incorporate 17 automotive disciplines. Each route content and structure are frequently reviewed to ensure they remain relevant and current to support the skills need in the sector.

Achieving IMI

To achieve an IMI Accreditation, individuals must pass both knowledge and skills based tasks and agree to abide by an ethical Code of Conduct.

IMI Accreditation has 17 routes including Autoglazing, Customer Service, Digital Audio Broadcasting, Motorcycle and Paint.

Find out more about the range of IMI Accreditation routes

Accredited Individuals

To achieve accredited status, individuals must pass both knowledge and skills based assessments. IMI Accreditations last for 3 years, at which point technicians must re-accredit if they wish to keep their status of current competence and remain on the IMI Professional Register.

Accredited individuals and the businesses that employ them have shown that they are committed to providing customers with the highest level of technical expertise and professional standards. All those who have achieved an IMI Accreditation have signed, and are bound by, an ethical Code of Conduct.

Proof of Competence

IMI Accreditation is the proof of competence that you can be confident in and provides:

  • Confidence that your vehicle is in capable hands
  • Independent quality assurance
  • Proof of competence and professional responsibility

All IMI Accredited individuals are regularly and independently tested.

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