Light Vehicle Automotive Technicians service, maintain and repair cars and light vans. They are required to test vehicle systems and diagnose faults before repairing or replacing components to manufacturer specifications. They advise customers on repair work and complete estimates, as well as maintaining service and maintenance records. Today’s technicians use advanced diagnostic equipment in their role, as well as more traditional spanners and wrenches.

The competition has been designed to assess the skills, knowledge and abilities of technicians against current industry standards and working practices.

In addition competitors will be expected to show their competence, skill and knowledge using various tools and workshop equipment e.g. precision measuring tools, multi-meters, diagnostic scan tools and oscilloscopes, data referencing systems, laser wheel alignment equipment, ramps and vehicle hoists, as well as compliance with industry regulations and current Health and Safety legislation. Some training on equipment will be provided during the familiarisation day at the UK finals. 

See how Billie-Jo benefited from competing.

The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Collect, analyse and organise information 

  • Communicate ideas and information

  • Plan and organise work activities 

  • Use mathematical ideas and techniques

  • Solve problems 

  • Use current technology

Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation.
  • Entrants must be familiar with all of the core competences (found via the link in the Useful resources section below)
  • Competitors must be at least 16 years of age on 1st September 2021 and be working towards a level 3 qualification or have achieved this no more than 12 months previous to the competition registration opening.

How it works

Our competitions are open to all so please register between 27 February – 24 March 2023

The first stage of competition is a remote or online test (where applicable)

Competitors take part in competitions in venues across the UK or online

Scores are quality assured and Finalists are announced

Competitors prepare and practise in readiness for the National Finals

The Finalists come together to compete in the National Finals

Competitors who are age eligible and have achieved the benchmark score will be invited to opt into Squad UK during December 2024 for the WorldSkills 2026 Cycle, subject to the skill progressing to the international competition cycle.

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