Welcome to the

MOT TESTER Pre-Course Information Centre

We’ve created these pages to provide the information about your MOT Tester course that we know from experience
will be useful to you. Like where to find us and what to bring, that sort of thing…

The course you are about to take covers a huge amount of information in a short space of time.
You will cover both the practical side of the MOT and of course, the theory.
No one expects you to memorise the MOT Manual but it is important that you are able to find your way around it.

We know that the candidates who take the time before their MOT Tester Course to start looking at the MOT Manual
give themselves the very best chance of passing that all important online assessment on Day 4 of their course.


The inspection manual is no longer a document but a reference website. This is the same for the MOT Guide which you will also need to know how to use. Fortunately, they both work in the same way so the techniques for
looking up information is the same.

Open both the MOT Inspection Manual & The MOT Guide using the links below:

You will need to know how to find your way around the manuals so you can look up answers for your exams and to use as a reference guide once you become a tester.

How to search for information in the MOT Manual

  1. Open the MOT Testing Manual
  2. Scroll down to the section you need eg – Brakes
  3. Once you have opened the section scroll a little further and just below the text you will see “show all sections”. Click there
  4. Hold down Control (CTRL) at the bottom left of your keyboard and then press F (in the middle of the keyboard) at the same time. [NB:  If you’re a Apple Mac user, swap the CTRL button for the Command button]
  5. A box will appear top right of your screen – this is your search box.
  6. This is a very literal search, it is not Google and will not check your spelling etc. so be very careful.
  7. For your search word(s) – try and find something fairly unique. If you run a search for “brake” for example you will be looking all day – 297 “hits” whereas “gradient” gives just 9 hits.
  8. If you have multiple hits, use the arrows to aid your search – try not to scroll!


The key to using the CTRL F search is to open all the sections – you are searching within a pdf document and if not fully open, the computer can’t search it.

We have created some questions for each section of the MOT Manual – finding the answers will help you to become familiar with the Manual and using the search box function will help you when you take your online assessment on Day 4 of your course.

Good luck and we look forward to welcoming you to our training centre.