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Record numbers passing NAMA vehicle appraiser training course

NAMA 01/03/2019

The National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) is pleased to see that over 600 candidates have now passed the Vehicle Appraiser Training Course at Stephenson College since it launched in 2015. Of these, 356 candidates have passed with a Merit or distinction.

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

NAMA’s grading scheme consists of 5 grades, and is designed to facilitate the vehicle auction buying and selling process by giving both parties a better understanding of the vehicle condition. 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.

James Tomlinson, NAMA Chairman comments, “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 of Technology and Professional Services comments, “Stephenson College is proud of its collaboration with NAMA.  The college strive to meet the needs of industry and this bespoke programme is a first class example of quality training relevant to specific industry practice.  We congratulate those who have already achieved their qualifications and look forward to seeing many more candidates benefit from this opportunity in the future.”

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