Join the Future of Tyre Retail: The NTDA Tyre Technician Development Scheme

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) has introduced a new scheme aimed at improving the standards of tyre technicians in the industry. The Tyre Technician Development Scheme has been launched following the success of the REACT licensing scheme, which focuses on safe working practices at the roadside.

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Published on
May 5, 2023

The National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) has introduced a new scheme aimed at improving the standards of tyre technicians in the industry. The Tyre Technician Development Scheme has been launched following the success of the REACT licensing scheme, which focuses on safe working practices at the roadside.

The new scheme aims to standardize licensing for technicians, including retail center-based personnel and specialist repair technicians, offering them a nationally recognized license to demonstrate their competency. This move toward self-regulation is an exciting opportunity for employers and employees alike, as it improves mobility for tyre technicians.

Similar self-regulation schemes in other industries, such as the Electro-technical Certification Scheme (ECS) for electricians, have proven highly effective, with thousands of competent individuals receiving certification.

The NTDA Tyre Technician Professional Development Scheme is based on four licenses, each with specific requirements: the Licensed Retail Tyre Technician (LRTT), the Responsible Tyre Repair Technician (RTRT), the Licensed Vehicle Service Technician (LVST), and the Licensed Commercial Tyre Technician (LCTT).

For companies to apply for any of these licenses, their technicians must be trained, assessed as competent against relevant occupational standards, and able to provide evidence of this training. The NTDA will maintain a database of all licensed personnel, as it currently does for the REACT scheme.

The LRTT license is for those who have been assessed as competent practitioners with relevant knowledge of fitting, repair, balancing, four-wheel alignment, TPMS, manual handling, safe working practices, and motorcycle tyre fitting and balancing.

The RTRT license is for technicians who regularly repair tyres, including repair specialists, and who have been trained and assessed as fully competent based on the syllabus provided.

The LVST license is for those who already hold the LRTT and have been assessed as competent practitioners with relevant knowledge of customer liaison, vehicle inspection and appraisal, battery and related components, exhaust systems, braking systems, and computer-based testing equipment.

The LCTT license is category-based, with different categories for truck, specialist and multi-wheel, agricultural, earth mover, and industrial vehicles. Certificates will be issued with each license to demonstrate the categories in which the individual has been assessed as a competent practitioner.

For consistency, license costs will be the same across all categories as the current REACT license. Companies interested in the Tyre Technician Professional Development Scheme, licensing, costs, or finding a training provider should contact the NTDA on telephone: 01296 482128 or email: info@ntda.co.uk.


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