NAMA is pleased to see that almost 700 candidates have now passed the Vehicle Appraiser Training Course at Stephenson College since it launched in 2015. Of these, 378 candidates have passed with a Merit or Distinction.

The comprehensive IMI accredited training course is designed to standardise vehicle appraisals throughout the motor industry. Candidates learn how to qualify faults and their severity levels, and justify these decisions utilising the NAMA standards for appraisals, whilst working within a safe environment. It combines a mixture of classroom teaching and practical’s, and is completed by an assessment exam which includes a practical test.

The Appraisal Training Course supports NAMA Grading allowing cars to be inspected and appraised to a consistent standard across remarketing centres. This allows both buyers and vendors clarity about what they should expect from a particular grade of car. NAMA’s grading scheme consists of 5 grades, and is designed to facilitate the vehicle auction buying and selling process. The grades are determined on a points system allocated by type and severity of damage which are assessed by specially trained inspectors at each auction. There is also an unclassified grade for vehicles that are badly accident damaged or require high levels of repair.

It is encouraging to see the number of candidates who have enrolled on the course. With more certainty about a vehicles condition, transactions between buyers and sellers can be conducted more efficiently and will reduce condition ambiguities and possible disagreements.

Mark Walker, Faculty Head at Stephenson College, expressed his pride in the collaborative relationship with NAMA adding that, “We are fortunate to work alongside an organisation who drives innovative learning, serving industry needs and enhancing the expertise and performance of individuals.”

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