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FAQs

What is IRTE?

IRTE (Institute of Road Transport Engineers) was founded in 1944 and is one of the most respected names in UK transport. IRTE supports transport engineers throughout their careers and encourages safety in operations and best practice throughout the industry. Find out more about IRTE and what it can do for you or your company.

IRTE is a Professional Sector of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE), to find out more about SOE’s aims and practices, you can visit the website.

How long does accreditation last?

IRTE Workshop Accreditation is valid for three years, and can be renewed once this period is up.

How long will the audit take?

Auditors will conduct their inspection of a workshop over one day.

Will work be impacted on during the audit?

Audits will have a minimal impact on workshop operations.

How much does an audit cost?

Band A (5 workshops or less) £775 + VAT per audit

Band B (6 - 30 workshops) £735 + VAT per audit

Band C (31 workshops or more) £695 + VAT per audit

Who will be carrying out the audit?

FTA auditors who have completed IRTE training.

Do workshop staff members take part in the audit?

A site manager or supervisor should be available at all times during the audit. Other staff members present during the audit may be questioned about workshop operating procedures.

What happens if my workshop fails the audit?

If a workshop is unsuccessful in gaining accreditation, areas that need improvement will be highlighted and the workshop will be offered the chance to make the necessary changes. At the auditor’s discretion, the workshop may have to provide subsequent proof that any required changes have been made. A re-visit to the workshop may be necessary, and a fee will be charged for this.

What info must the workshop provide on the day?

  • All calibration certificates for tools and equipment
  • Staff training records, including evidence that technicians are irtec licenced (when applying for Plus level)
  • The workshop’s ISO 9001:2008 certificate where necessary
  • Health and safety procedure
  • Customer complaints procedure
  • A completed vehicle inspection document

Is IRTE Workshop Accreditation also available outside Great Britain?

Yes, it is now available in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Please contact the Accreditation Team for more details.

What type of workshops is the accreditation aimed at?

IRTE Workshop Accreditation is suitable for small or large passenger carrying and commercial vehicle workshops as well as light vehicle maintenance providers.

How do I apply?

Register your interest here. You will then receive an information pack with the Terms and Conditions, invoice details and audit document. Once you have completed the forms and returned them to IRTE, an auditor will be in touch to arrange a suitable date.

If you have any further questions, please call 0300 3030 250 or email admin@irteworkshop.org.uk. Your auditor will also be happy to answer any queries you may have whilst arranging your audit date.