IRTEC was established by the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE), the professional sector of the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE), after identifying a need for technicians in road transport to be able to prove their skills and competence.
In 2010 the SOE formed a partnership with IMI to strengthen irtec’s objective of improving industry competence and standards.
SOE and IMI work together, in consultation with industry, on the development and delivery of irtec to ensure that it reflects the changing needs of employers and industry. irtec licensing is quality assured by IMI Awards Ltd; this includes the approval of new irtec assessment centres and monitoring of assessments.
Technicians who take irtec assessments are tested on their theoretical and practical skills and, if successful, are awarded an irtec licence. An irtec licence certifies the individual and is valid for a period of 5 years.