Online vehicle remarketing company Copart UK recently announced that all 32 of their Engineers have successfully passed the IAEA’s Vehicle Salvage Competency Assessment to achieve an ‘Appropriately Qualified Person’ (AQP) status, 15 months ahead of the deadline.
The Code of Practice for the Categorisation of Motor Vehicle Salvage was updated on 1st October 2017, ten years after it was last reviewed. Alongside changes to categorisation codes, a minimum qualification requirement was established for all Engineers responsible for determining salvage categories to pass a competency-based assessment run by the Institute of Automotive Engineer Assessors (IAEA), to identify them as an ‘Appropriately Qualified Person’.
The new requirement, whereby only an ‘Appropriately Qualified Person’ has the authority to categorise vehicle salvage, comes into effect in October 2019.
Russell England, Engineering Service Manager said: “Since the new requirement was announced in October 2017, we have worked closely with the IAEA and independent training company PAAS Ltd to ensure that our Engineers are given the necessary training and support to achieve this qualification. I am delighted to announce that all 32 of our Engineers have passed successfully, significantly ahead of the 2019 deadline date.”
Simon Sheldon-Wilson, Operations Director adds: “I am proud of the commitment and dedication of all our Engineers, who are already ATA, VDA and IAEA qualified, to achieve the required AQP status in such a short timeframe. We believe we are the first salvage provider to accredit all of our Engineers in this way, demonstrating our expertise in total loss engineering and our continued commitment to excellence.”