IMI Accredited Forensic methods of VIN recovery

Theory and practical course for the recovery of the original VIN or unique serial numbers when they have been removed/ground out.

IMI Accredited – Forensic methods of VIN recovery course

Course content and learning outcomes

  • Understand how stamping affects the molecular structure of metal
  • How to prepare the metal for re-etching
  • Be able to re-etch steel
  • Be able to re-etch aluminium
  • Be able to re-etch cast iron
  • Have a complete understanding regarding health and safety protocol before, during and after re-etching
  • Effectively set up a camera in manual mode to photograph identification numbers
  • Accurately cast of a suspect VIN number using Isomark and evidencing the cast
  • How to correctly statement a chemical or thermal restoration (Public Immunity Issues)

Next Course(s): Thursday 12th September 2024

Thursday 13th February 2025

Course Schedule

This is a one-day course with a mix of theory, plus practical training, and assessment in the training room. Students also sit an end of course multiple-choice examination.

The cost of the course is £599 + VAT per delegate.


IMI Quality Assured Award

Additional Costs:

Motor Vehicle Identification - IMI - £55.00

Course Dates:

Thursday 12th September 2024

Training course reviews

Since that initial course, hundreds of officers from around the country have been trained in the skill of basic vehicle identification techniques. A sample of the comments made by students on completion of the course:

"Very good course, good practical training exercises. Trainer explained process very well."

Daniel McGurk - Warwickshire Police

"Brilliant. Really looked forward to this one. Excellent delivery + Fascinating content."

Peter Cameron Johnson - Greater Manchester Police