There are six accrediting bodies in the UK devoted to the training of fork lift truck operators. Since April 2000 they have agreed to all use the same test as each other.
RTITB Limited - (Formerly the Road Transport Industry Training Board)
Based it Telford Shropshire, the RTITB are the original accrediting body for fork lift operators and the modern test began with them in 1972 following publication of the famous "red book" for instructors. They are still arguably the most well known accrediting body.
In 2006 they started the National Operators Registration Scheme, (NORS), which allows for the first time, operators to be placed on a centralised database of qualified fork lift truck operators.
RTITB Web site
Like RTITB, AITT also have a certificate registration number which shows that the training has been provided by an accredited trainer. They also have an online 24/7 certificate checker tool which will allow employers and recruitment agencies to enter the ACORNS numbers at any time and find out instantly if the training is accredited and legitimate.
AITT Web site
ITSSAR started in the 80s following the implementation of a then new committee called AITT, (Association of Industrial Truck Trainers) of which I was a founder member. They operate an accreditation scheme for lift operator training for all types of trucks in a similar manner to RTITB. They are based in Wokingham, Berkshire.
ITSSAR Web site
Construction Industry Training Board, (CITB)
The CITB administers a certificate of Training Achievement for construction plant operators. This extends to fork lift trucks but is normally confined to rough terrain types of truck. They are in Bircham Newton, Kings Lynn.
CITB Web site
Lantra National Training Organisation Ltd.
Lantra specialises in providing access to training for those working in land based and related industries and typically deals with the operators of rough terrain fork lift trucks. Lantra are in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
Lantra Web site
National Plant Operators Registration Scheme (NPORS)
This scheme is again aimed at rough terrain type trucks and related vehicles. They have been going since 1992 and again cover all types of plant and equipment. They are in Northwich, Cheshire.
NPORS Web site
Accrediting Bodies association
This was formed in 2010 after the Health and Safety Executive decided they would no longer recognise individual organisations as accrediting organisations.
Fork Lift Truck Association. FLTA
Although not an accrediting body they deserve a mention here as the FLTA are leading authorities on fork lift trucks and supply invaluable information to members.
British Industrial Truck Association. BITA
BITA is not an accrediting body but is widely accepted as a leading UK trade association for forklift manufacturers and suppliers, suppliers of associated components and services and the materials handling media
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