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Code SV3003
Credits N/A
Level Award
Duration 1 day
Type Classroom

One written assessment and work book

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Unit A5, Lakeside Business Park
South Cerney
Gloucestershire GL7 5XL
Tel:  +44 (0)1285 864650
Fax:  +44 (0)1285 864659
  This is an IMI Award  

Vehicle Identification and Methods of VIN Recovery


As car security has changed over the years, so has the type of crime associated with it. No longer are cars being taken as a means of getting home after a night out but stolen to order by OCG’s and the either cloned re identified or exported to feed a growing foreign market. 2013 crime figure show that theft of cars is now running at 100,000, while the recovery rate is 32%, leaving approximately 68 thousand vehicles still outstanding as stolen. Too often a vehicle is examined in relation to a crime or collision without the authenticity being established or if recovered its original identity has not been re-established.

This course, accredited by IMI (Institute of Motor Industries) is aimed at Vehicle Examiners, Stolen Vehicle Units, SOCO Officers and Ports Police.

What you will study

  1. Have a complete understanding regarding health and safety protocol before, during and after re-etching
  2. Effectively set up a camera in manual mode to photograph identification numbers
  3. Accurately cast of a suspect VIN number using Isomark and evidence the cast
  4. Understand how stamping affects the molecular structure of metal
  5. How to prepare the metal for re-etching
  6. Be able to re-etch steel
  7. Be able to re-etch aluminium
  8. Be able to re-etch cast iron
  9. How to correctly statement a chemical or thermal restoration

Pre-course study


Study method

Classroom based.

What you will need

All materials are provided.

Teaching and assessment

Your course tutors will help you with your studies during the course.  There is a workbook completed during the course and one assessment at the end of the course. 

Professional recognition

You will be eligible for membership of IMI and to have your details entered onto their professional register.

What's the award

On successful conclusion of the course you will be receive an IMI Award in Recovery of Vehicle Identification Numbers.

When does it run

This course runs several times a year at South Cerney.  It can also be delivered at your workplace for up to 9 students.

How to register

Check the course calendar for the next presentation and telephone Student Registrations on +44 (0)1285 864650 to register.