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The purpose and aim of these new IMI electric/hybrid vehicle
qualifications (VRQs) is to instruct individuals from the retail automotive
industry and the public service sector (for example, members of the emergency services, who may attend
an accident involving an electric/hybrid vehicle) in the maintenance,
service, and/or handling of electric/hybrid vehicles.
These qualifications have
been developed by The IMI in conjunction with electric/hybrid vehicle
manufacturers, component suppliers and the IMI Sector Skills Council. They are the first qualifications of their
kind to address electric/hybrid vehicle (high voltage) technology. The qualifications are essential to ensure
the health and safety of individuals working with electric vehicles.
This award is designed for technicians who maintain
and repair electric/hybrid vehicles. It contains the skills and knowledge required to work safely around a vehicle's high
& low voltage electrical system and electric drive train system, whilst
carrying out repairs or maintenance. On completing this qualification,
technicians will have gained knowledge of both low and high voltage
technologies and an understanding of their dangers.
Individuals will already have appropriate vehicle maintenance and repair
knowledge and skills at level 2.