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Thatcham IAEA apprenticeship programme

Run in conjunction with the IAEA, this apprenticeship programme has been designed and administrated by Thatcham to include modules on customer service, panel and paint, to produce bodyshop assessors and insurance engineers with an all-round appreciation of vehicle assessment and repair.

The duration of this programme is two years in total. For the first 15 months, apprentices will follow the MET Apprenticeship Framework and additional theory overviews of panel, paint and customer service.

There will then be a further nine months to undertake the IAEA practical and core elements, including:

  • Knowledge of removing and fitting mechanical, electrical and trim components
  • Customer service
  • Knowledge of paint processes
  • Knowledge of body repair processes
  • Assessing vehicle condition
  • Collecting relevant customer and claim information relating to accident circumstances
  • Assessing accident damage
  • Costing repair, using Thatcham times/Thatcham paint calculator
  • Parts pricing using a range of data platforms
  • Salvage
  • IAEA Practical and Oral Examinations

Qualifications gained through this apprenticeship:

  • Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair: Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET) Competence (QCF) (VCQ/NVQ)
  • Key Skills Level 1 in Communication, Application of Number and ICT
  • Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair: Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET) Principles (QCF) (VRQ/Technical Certificate)
  • IAEA Practical Exam – Certificate Awarded
  • IAEA Oral Exam – Vehicle Technologies, Insurance Principles, Principles of Vehicle Damage Assessment and Motor Insurance.
  • On Successful completion the learner will be eligible for the grade of Associate of the IAEA (A.Inst.AEA)
  • Thatcham IAEA Assessor Apprenticeship completion certificate.

Full details of this apprenticeship scheme can be obtained directly from the Thatcham Training Academy.


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