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. The recovery rate for stolen cars runs at around 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

Students will have a complete understanding regarding health and safety protocol before, during and after re-etching. They will be taught how to effectively set up a camera in manual mode to photograph identification numbers. How to accurately take a cast of a suspect VIN number using Isomark. Understand how stamping affects the molecular structure of metal, to prepare the metal for re-etching, to be able to re-etch steel, aluminium and cast iron. How to correctly statement a chemical or thermal restoration.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Pre-course study


Study method

Classroom based with practical inputs.

What you will need

All equipment will be provided.

Teaching and assessment

Your course tutors will help you with your studies during the course. There is a final written examination and a practical assessment.

Whats the qualification

An Award in the Recovery of Vehicle Identification Numbers from IMI Awards.

How to register

The course runs on demand. To book contact AiTS.

Quick Links

Coming on a course? How to find us
When is it running? Contact AiTS to arrange dates
Pricing information Course Price List
  Terms and Conditions

The course at a glance

Code: SV3003
Credits: --
Level: Award
Duration: 1 day
Type: Classroom
Assessment: Workbook and Written assessment


AiTS have been training collision investigators in the UK and overseas since 1996. We are also the UK's main provider of Roads Policing, Prohibitions and Tachograph training in the UK and Ireland.

Social Links

Contact Us

Unit A5, Lakeside Business Park, South Cerney
Tel: +44(0)1285 864650 email: