Joel's Success ensures it's a family affair

Updated: Oct 5, 2018

after demanding ATA Vehicle Damage Assessment Exam

A Fix Auto UK technician is celebrating after becoming one of the youngest fully-qualified ATA Vehicle Damage Assessor’s (VDAs) in the country.

Twenty-year-old Joel Cameron, youngest son of Fix Auto Penzance owner Stuart, has followed in his father’s footsteps after sailing through the training and exams to become the Cornish bodyshop’s second qualified ATA Vehicle Damage Assessor.

Whereas Stuart had been a vehicle repairer for more than 20 years before he secured his official qualification, Joel, who was 20 in February, passed with flying colours following a four-day on-site course delivered by industry training expert Phil Archer of PAAS Ltd.

Joel’s success was achieved after a series of online assessments culminating in an intensive day-long practical held at the Bridge Automotive Academy in Birmingham, where he had to correctly assess two physical damaged vehicles, and a third ‘remote’ vehicle using more than 10 photographs.

“I’m extremely proud of what Joel has achieved in his first attempt,” said Stuart, “He’s a great lad who’s willing to learn and deliver what is necessary for the family business.

“While Joel has been supporting me and has been more than capable of assessing damaged cars for some time, being a fully qualified ATA VDA relieves an enormous amount of pressure from me. One of the stipulations of being a Kitemark PAS 125 accredited repairer is that only a qualified ATA VDA can produce official assessments on damaged vehicles. Thanks to his determination and skill, Fix Auto Penzance is now in a fortunate position of having two.”

Phil Archer, whose company PAAS Ltd specialises in ATA VDA training provision, schooled Joel at the family’s Penzance repair centre and supported him at his final assessment in Birmingham.

Phil said: “Joel’s an extremely bright young lad who did himself and Fix Auto proud. He demonstrated total commitment to his training and exams and it really showed as he literally sailed through his final assessments to achieve his ATA VDA.”


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