Vehicle inspector applications (WoF & CoF)
CoF vehicle inspector application important information
This page provides a summary of what is required when applying to become one of our appointed vehicle inspectors (VI) for certificate of fitness (CoF) service delivery.
Where do I send my application?
Completed application forms need to be sent to:
Alternatively scan and email the application form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepting conditions and requirements
Submitting an application to the NZ Transport Agency will amount to acknowledgement and acceptance of the conditions and requirements of the appointment.
We can only process your application if you complete the form accurately, provide all the required documentation and pay the application fee.
If you submit an incomplete application or do not pay the fee your application will be delayed.
Fees and payment
The fee for applying to become a CoF vehicle inspector is $494.50 (including GST).
The options for paying your fees are: sending in a cheque with your application, providing your Visa, MasterCard or Debit Visa/MasterCard details on the application form or calling us and paying over the phone via Visa, MasterCard or Debit Visa/MasterCard.
Full payment details are listed on the application form.
For more information on fees see our Vehicle certification and administration fees guide.
You may also want to read about the 2014 fees review.
In order to apply for CoF A authority, you must first be an approved inspector for warrants of fitness (WoFs). You will be asked on the application form to confirm your NZ Transport Agency authority number.
MITO certificate in vehicle inspection
When considering your application to become a CoF vehicle inspector, the Transport Agency will take into account whether you have completed and passed the Motor Industry Training Organisation (MITO) Certificate in vehicle inspection.
Roller brake machine training
If you are applying to become a CoF B vehicle inspector, the Transport Agency will also take into account whether you have completed roller brake machine (RBM) training provided by an approved Transport Agency training provider.
Fit and proper check
We will conduct a fit and proper police check on everyone who applies to be a vehicle inspector.
We reserve the right to conduct a fit and proper check at any time during the course of your appointment.
As the applicant you are required to:
Code of conduct for vehicle inspectors
You must sign and abide to the NZ Transport Agency vehicle inspector code of conduct, which provides the minimum ethical and behavioural standards that are expected of all VIs whom we appoint.
You will be asked to sign a code of conduct when you have passed your practical assessment conducted by the Transport Agency.
If you transfer sites, you must advise the Transport Agency by completing a Notification of vehicle inspector transfer form.
Conflict of interest
Vehicle inspectors can’t inspect vehicles that they have a financial interest in. The only exception to this is a vehicle that the inspecting organisation is primarily using for the purpose of delivering inspection and certification services.
Other conflicts of interest
The terms of your appointment require you to avoid situations that may lead to conflicts of interest. The most common situations are likely to be where friends and family are involved.
Repairs and servicing
You are permitted to carry out repairs and servicing in respect of a vehicle you are inspecting, provided that there is no conflict of interest.
Compliance with the rule
You must carry out inspection and certification activities in accordance with Land Transport Rule: Vehicle Standards Compliance 2002 and the conditions and requirements imposed by the Transport Agency under this rule. Imposed conditions and requirements are included in the Vehicle inspection requirements manual: In-service certification (VIRM).
Your appointment as a vehicle inspector is for a three-year term, at which time you will be considered for reappointment for a further three years.
Performance monitoring and review process
The IO and VI auditing system incorporating the performance review system (PRS) finished on 30 November 2014. We replaced it with a new performance monitoring and review process that takes account of and targets to risk.
You are required participate in this process and agree to our transport officers completing performance review and assessment activities on a regular basis, often without prior notification.
The performance monitoring and review process:
|Certificate of appointment|
Once you're authorised to be a vehicle inspector we'll issue you a certificate.
If you have any questions regarding the application process for CoF vehicle inspectors you can email email@example.com or call 0800 699 000.
|VI5B CoF Vehicle inspector application (PDF)|
|This form is used when applying to become an NZ Transport Agency vehicle inspector for the issuing of certificates of fitness (CoF).|
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