Our Engineers put their knowledge to the test

27th July 2018

Covéa Insurance has become the first insurer to have its entire motor claims inspection team of engineers successfully pass the Institute of Automotive Engineer Assessors (IAEA) Vehicle Salvage Competency Examination relating to the new ABI Salvage Code of Practice.

 The IAEA is a professional body referenced by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) within the Salvage Code of Practice to determine a candidate’s ability to meet with the standards required. 

The team of inspecting engineers demonstrated their knowledge and adherence to qualify for AQP (Appropriately Qualified Person) status by correctly categorising salvage in accordance with the ABI’s new Code of Practice.

Barry Street, Head of Engineers (& Director of Thatcham Research) said; “I am extremely proud of what the team has managed to accomplish here. We have a deep rooted ethos of working to the highest professional standards and these results typify the quality that runs throughout the entire team.   Vehicle manufacturers are designing the construction of vehicles to the highest possible safety standards; so it was important for the code to keep pace with the complex nature of modern vehicles.

Les Minton of LM Automotive Solutions was the exam invigilator for the IAEA and commented; Although several candidates commented that they found the exam challenging these excellent results came as no real surprise. They are a vastly experienced team, a pleasure to work with and truly deserving of this industry first”


 the team





Notes to Editors:

About Covéa Insurance

Covea Insurance Plc is the UK underwriting business of leading French mutual insurance group Covéa, who are number 1 for property and liability insurance in France and served 11.5 million policyholders, generating over 16.4 billion Euros in premiums in 2016.  

Covéa Insurance handles the insurance needs of over 1.3 million policyholders; delivering financial reassurance through its Standard & Poor’s A+ stable rating, as a guaranteed subsidiary of Covéa. 

The company offers motor, household, protection, mid and high net worth insurance and a range of commercial insurance products, designed to meet the needs of most individuals and businesses. Employing over 1500 people, Covéa Insurance has a strong people and service ethos, having Investors In People Gold accreditation and featuring in the 2015 and 2016 Sunday Times Top 100 Mid-sized Best Companies to Work For. It also has World Class service accreditation from the Institute of Customer Service for its Motor Claims, Home Claims and Underwriting Services teams as well as Chartered Insurer status for its Commercial and Mid/High Net Worth business.

In January 2016, Sterling Insurance Company Limited became a fully integrated part of Covea Insurance Plc, following a Part VII transfer under the Financial Services and Markets Act. Sterling Insurance was voted No. 1 in the Commercial and Personal Lines 2015 Insurance Times Broker Service Survey and Covéa Insurance was awarded the Personal Lines Insurer of the Year Award at the 2016 British Insurance Awards.


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