What is Accreditation and what does it mean

What about the different Accredited bodies training,our training has always been delivered by ITTSAR and RTITB.

Accrediting Bodies association (ABA)

At the request of the HSE, the ABA (Accrediting Bodies Association) was formed, comprising of the 4 leading accrediting bodies: AITT, ITSSAR, RTITB, and NPORS. Their goal was to set a common level of standards across all awarding bodies.

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 which was agreed by the Joint Committee of Industry Training Boards following consultation.

AITT (originally called the Association of Industry Truck Trainers) was formed by training providers and manufacturers, to discuss training standards of workplace transport in the UK.
AITT’s mission was to set out, revise, and maintain a set of alternative standards to RTITB,ITSSAR was also formed, to provide the monitoring, registration and certification for AITT.
In 2019 AITT’s Managing Director was nominated to become chairman of the ABA, to help move the association forward and complete the set of standards being established across all workplace transport
In 2019, AITT started to branch into offering accredited courses in the heavy plant and construction sector.
As a result, we had several courses submitted to CITB for approval, and was successfully awarded 3rd Party Awarding Organisation.

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


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


i iTRUK is the latest body to offer accreditation starting March 2020. Their objective is to bring MHE training into the 2020s. Their books, manuals etc will reflect modern times and will keep up with modern thinking and machines. They also offer conventional training similar to the ones above.
iTRUK 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.

So as you can see regardless of who the Accrediting body is,the training is delivered exactly the same,the paperwork is the same, the timings are the same,as a lot of businesses have always used ITTSAR they have just decided to keep it the same,but Accredited 
bodies are moving forward,with more information and legislation is continually changing.