Pitstop offers City & Guilds qualifications from the motor vehicle 3902 suite.
UPDATE: APRIL 2013
PITSTOP is now accredited to offer L2 qualification in 'Health and Safety at Work'.
The City & Guilds 3902 suite of qualifications are introductory vocational qualification courses that give the student a good understanding of the basic operating principle of vehicle systems and associated components.
Completion of the qualification does not imply occupational competence but is an ideal foundation course for personal use, progression onto higher level vehicle related courses or even a vehicle related apprenticeship scheme.
The Vehicle Maintenance 3902 qualification typically consist of units that include:
Wheels and Tyres
Suspension and steering systems
Engine operating principals
Workshop bench skills
The Cycle Maintenance 3902 qualification typically consist of units that include:
Remove and replace wheels, tyres and inner tubes
Remove and replace cycle brake blocks
Remove and replace seat, saddles and adjust handlebars
Lubricate and tension a single speed chain
Clean and prepare a cycle for use
Repair a puncture
Remove and replace a rim brake assembly
Remove and replace a gear assembly
Carry out a systematic cycle check
3902 Qualification levels:
Vehicle Maintenance 3902-01 - This is for motorised vehicles (Cars, HGV, Trucks, Quad bikes, Motorcycles etc.) and is at entry level.
Vehicle Maintenance 3902-11 - This is for motorised vehicles (Cars, HGV, Trucks, Quad bikes, Motorcycles etc.) and is at level 1.
Cycle Maintenance 3902-08 - This is for cycle maintenance at entry level.
Cycle Maintenance 3902-18 - This is for cycle maintenance at level 1.
All the above qualifications have no age restrictions and are therefore suitable for all.
Method of assessment:
There are no set 'exam' dates for these unit assessments - instead, the student is assessed throughout the duration of the course on their ability to carry out the unit tasks and their understanding of the systems. Their understanding is covered by oral questioning by the assessor and there are no formal written tests. Importantly, it is the student that decides when they wish to take the assessments. After an assessment, the student is told whether they have met the required standards and if they have not, the reason why. The student can then undergo further training on the areas in which they did not meet the standards and retake the assessment when they feel confident to do so. There is no limit to the number of assessments they can take - the important thing is that they can demonstrate competence in meeting the standards.
Qualification structure and size:
The above qualifications consist of units. Each unit is given a credit value. Typically a credit value for each vehicle unit is 4 or 5 credits. The more credits the student obtains, the bigger the size of the qualification.
For the Vehicle Maintenance qualification:
12 credits equals an Award size qualification
25 credits equals a Certificate size qualification
45 credits equals a Diploma size qualification
This applies at Entry level AND at Level 1
For the Cycle Maintenance qualification:
For the Cycle Maintenance qualification each unit is worth 1 or 2 credits. There is no different qualification size in cycle maintenance, just different levels.
5 credits from 3902-08 earn an entry level cycle maintenance qualification
6 credits from 3902-18 earn a level 1 cycle maintenance qualification.
HOWEVER...... under the Qualifications and Credit Framework rules of combination, any certificate awarded at level 1 can be gained with a combination of Level 1 AND Entry Level credits as long as at least 50% of the credits are from Level 1.