I've been thinking lately about changing careers as even though im enjoying my current job as a manager of an automotive tools warehouse i feel as though im going to be board of it in a few years.
How would i go about becoming an lvta Certifier?
im interested in 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D certifying
I imagine i'll need to have National Certificate in Automotive Engineering to begin with. Im curious of what training is involved after this and how i would have to train in the sepcific types of certification.
Unfortunately being an LVV certifier isn’t really something you can do any formal training for; rather, it’s something that comes from years of experience in building, modifying, and repairing vehicles.
Our best LVV Certifiers have no formal training other than (usually) having a trade qualification (mechanic, auto electrical, panel etc).
There is also a lot of info in our ‘Operating Requirements Schedule detailing the requirements to become a certifier – here is the link to the full document, but I’ll copy parts of the relevant sections below for you as well. - www.lvvta.org.nz/Operating%20Requirements%20Schedule.pdf
3.2 Criteria for application as an LVV certifier
As with any certification process, the single-most important ingredient in achieving the highest possible level of safety outcome is to ensure that the LVV Certifiers have the appropriate background, experience, and skills relevant to the type of certification in which they are engaged. LVV certification is unique amongst all other certification types, in that there is no formal trade or profession to support it. Being a motor mechanic or engineer alone is nowhere near enough to equip a person with the necessary level of competence required in order to make sound safety-related judgments within the complex and diverse world of modified and individually-constructed motor vehicles.
Two decades of LVV certification operations have proven that the only people who consistently perform well as an LVV Certifier are those people who have built up a substantial amount of knowledge and a high level of skill in relation to modified and individually-constructed vehicles, through the practical experience that only comes from working in an automotive mechanical environment together with extensive direct practical involvement in the motor vehicle hobby. The same logic applies in specialised areas outside of the ‘hobby realm’, such as those vehicles modified for people with disabilities.
The lessons learnt and historical knowledge accumulated during modifying and building cars, and having involvement in motoring clubs creates a solid understanding of best practice in this difficult certification discipline. Active involvement in the motor racing scene can also be an important contributor to the knowledge and skill-base required to become a good LVV Certifier.
Without this background, experience, and knowledge, it is impossible for the right safety related decisions to be made when assessing a modified vehicle. There are potentially catastrophic consequences as a result of an LVV Certifier not being able to recognise the bare basics of whether the vehicle is fitted with it’s original suspension uprights (and therefore whether or not the steering arms are in the correct position relative to the steering rack); whether the steering arms are the correct shape (and therefore whether or not they have been heated and bent); or whether the disc brakes are original or adapted (and therefore whether the spindles might have been incorrectly machined). In short, if an LVV Certifier cannot identify that modifications have occurred in the first place, then there is little chance of ensuring that the modifications are carried out safely. Another lesson that LVV certification history has taught us is that there is a clear correlation between consistently good-performing LVV Certifiers and people with a genuine passion for motor vehicle modification and construction. Without the passion, there isn’t the total commitment to the modified and individually-constructed motor vehicle hobby that, over a life-time, creates the necessary experience, knowledge, and skills required to competently assess such complex motor vehicles.
The above is the introduction, taken from the ORS - there are also more specific details contained in that section.
Below is part of ORS describing the initial steps that are required. If you need further information, feel free to give me a call on the number listed below.
3.3(1) A person who wishes to become appointed as an LVV Certifier must in the first
instance apply for a LVV Certifier application pack (from the Agency’s Vehicle
Certifier Register, Private Bag 1117, Palmerston North).
3.3(2) The New Zealand Transport Agency (The Agency) and LVVTA will consider the
geographical coverage provided by the existing LVV Certifier(s) in the applicant’s area,
and upon satisfaction that there is a need for an additional LVV Certifier in the region,
and that there will be no risk to safety nor a reduction in service by the addition of an
LVV Certifier, will allow the application process to commence.
3.3(3) In order to become appointed as an LVV Certifier, an applicant must first present
to the Agency:
(a) a filled‐in Agency LVV Certifier application pack; and
(b) a detailed resume that satisfies the Agency and LVVTA that the applicant
has the appropriate background, expertise, and skills, and holds any
relevant qualifications necessary to become an LVV Certifier as specified in
(c) a list of referees and contact details for the listed referees; and
(d) any relevant fee prescribed by the Agency relative to LVV Certifier appointments.
3.3(4) A person who has satisfied the requirements specified in 3.3(3), must undergo an
assessment process at a time and place specified by the Agency, that will include,
for each LVV Certifier category the applicant is being assessed for:
(a) a series of 20 multi‐choice written questions that relate to vehicle
modification and construction; and
(b) an in‐depth interview on detailed technical matters in relation to vehicle
modification and construction by a selection panel comprising not less
than one representative from the Agency and not less than one
representative from LVVTA; and
(c) an in‐depth evaluation of the applicant’s practical knowledge and skills
during an inspection in a workshop environment, relating to a low volume
vehicle of a type applicable to the LVV Certifier category being applied for,
by a selection panel comprising not less than one representative from the
Agency and not less than one representative from LVVTA.
3.3(5) An applicant that satisfies the Agency and LVVTA during the assessment
process specified in 3.3(4) that there are no shortfalls in experience, knowledge, or skills,
will be approved for LVV Certifier induction training by LVVTA.
3.3(6) An applicant that is approved for LVV Certifier induction training by LVVTA will:
(a) attend the 3‐day LVV Certifier induction training at a time and place
specified by LVVTA; and
(b) meet the costs incurred by LVVTA for the LVV Certifier induction training, which will be based on a fair and reasonable hourly rate.