irtec, the industry-recognised benchmark for technician competence, has been revitalised, and as detailed during a presentation by the IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers) at Coach & Bus Live, now includes a revised Advanced Technician level.
A renewable accreditation scheme for technicians in the commercial vehicle and passenger carrying industries, irtec shows a technician’s current skill. This refreshed Advanced Technician level complements the recently updated ‘Service Maintenance Technician’ level, as well as a brand new ‘Inspection Technician’ level, which were both launched earlier this year.
During the launch, IRTE representative Chris Grime said: “Having collaborated with vehicle manufacturers, trade associations, and operators, all three irtec levels are now wholly reflective of today’s industry needs.
“The irtec Advanced Technician licence is available in both large commercial vehicle and bus & coach routes, and consists of five, one-hour assessments, plus an underpinning knowledge test.”
Technicians aiming for the Advanced Technician licence need to have solid working knowledge of vehicle systems, including ABS. The irtec assessment itself will require candidates to prove their ability to diagnose vehicle faults logically, whilst demonstrating competence in using diagnostic equipment to interpret technical data.