As part of an initiative to standardise vehicle condition appraising within the UK motor industry, the National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) has launched a specialised course for vehicle appraisers.
The training course, which is accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), will be run at Stephenson College in Leicestershire. It will help candidates to qualify faults and severity levels to a consistent standard, and to justify decisions utilising the NAMA standards for appraisal.
Candidates will also gain an in-depth understanding of the benefits of standardisation for both buyers and sellers alike, and the importance of such a role in setting a new standard for the UK motor industry as a whole.
Successful attendees will be rewarded with the “NAMA Accredited Appraiser” qualification, and a regular audit process will ensure that the highest standards of vehicle appraisal are maintained throughout the industry.
NAMA Chairman Paul Hill comments, “Working with a respected higher education facility that was able to meet our specific requirements was extremely important to us. Stephenson College rose to the challenges presented, and the results and feedback from the first course are testament to the professional specialised course delivery, and bode well for this exciting new partnership. By the end of 2015, our six hundred candidates will have gained this new qualification.
“1.5million vehicles have now been appraised utilising the NAMA vehicle grading scheme, which makes the condition of a vehicle visible and transparent, thereby creating trust in its description.
“That is something that is key for both buyer and seller. The newly introduced supporting training course will help to develop an unprecedented competency framework. Until now there has been no single motor industry vehicle grading standard, and the team at NAMA have worked tirelessly over a period of years to define and introduce a national vehicle grading scheme – the immediate and long-term benefits of which will be felt throughout the UK motor industry.”
The course also received praise at Ministerial level, with the Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP commenting, “The transparent grading of used vehicles within the UK Motor Industry can only be of benefit and the NAMA Vehicle Grading Scheme, underpinned by professional training and associated qualifications, provides the perfect foundation for this.”