What Is An AITT Course?

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Starting a new job, looking for a career change or just want to update your skills, then our AITT courses are for you. Employers, if you want to ensure your staff are health and safety compliant, then talk with us about our training solutions that come with an AITT certificate.

First, let’s start with what AITT stands for, the Association of Industrial Truck Trainers. AITT is a nationally recognised accrediting body for workplace transport and material handling equipment training. It is also a founding member of the Association of Awarding Bodies.

AITT helps set and maintain professional lift truck training standards across the UK. Their recognised training organisations offer an excellent standard of training. AITT operates within the HSE Approved Code of Practice by guiding, auditing and ensuring training providers meet all the required standards.

AITT Certification

As an employer, having staff trained to the highest industry standard is in their interest. Not only to comply with the law of 1998 PUWER – the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, but it also makes sense to ensure your staff are health and safety compliant. For example, lift trucks are involved in about a quarter of material handling accidents annually in the UK. Again, this causes injury and even death. Plus the costs to equipment, buildings, fittings and goods. PUWER charges employers—both large-scale companies and self-employed—to ensure that all people who use, supervise or manage equipment at work have received adequate training in,

  • Using the equipment correctly
  • Knowing of the risks in its use
  • Knowing what precautions to implement

CPN Training – AITT Courses

CPN Training is an AITT-verified training provider, offering courses on-site or at our training facility in Plymouth. We know successful training depends on the competence of instructors, and the AITT externally verifies our instructors and courses. Our courses include,

  • Fork-lift training courses
  • Mobile Plant training courses
  • Slinging & signalling training courses
  • Elevated platform training courses

AITT Courses For All

Training courses are offered for novices, which can vary from 2-5 days, at the end of which the trainee must show competency to the required level by undergoing theory and practical tests.

For those with previous experience, there are 1-3 days training courses and 1-day refresher courses. Upon successful course completion, the trainee will receive an AITT certificate.

Trainees can combine basic and specific job training—using a particular piece of equipment—can be combined.

It is advisable to take regular refresher courses, especially if operators have not been working for a while, like during the pandemic lockdown. Employers need to encourage operators to refresh their knowledge and skills. Particularly important if the operator has had an accident, a near miss or you consider they might have developed unsafe working practices. The same goes for when working practices have been updated or changed or work is taking place in a different environment. These refresher courses allow operators to learn new skills, reassess their abilities and maintain good driving or operating habits.

A point to take note of is this certificate is not the mythical ‘Fork-lift licence’ – it doesn’t exist. You will not find an expiry date on the certificate but it’s strongly recommended to employers and operators that refresher courses are taken once every 3-5 years.

Here at CPN Training, we aim to provide training solutions that suit trainees and employers. Our courses are of a high standard, offering cost-effective training. For any queries about the course content, costs or certification, please get in touch with us.


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