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About Us

AITT the UK's fastest growing accrediting body for workplace transport training. 

AITT are the only membership ran accrediting body in our industry, and proudly operate solely as a non-profit making organisation. Our purpose is to provide and maintain the highest training standards for operators, instructors, tutors and examiners, delivering training on all types of workplace transport and material handling equipment. 

Using the guidance set out in the HSE Approved Code of Practice (ACoP L117), AITT publishes guidance for the training of operators and instructors. We also ensure that our training providers are adequately audited, and their courses are externally verified, ensuring that training is being provided correctly to our standards. 

The AITT council, to who help steer AITT into the future, consist of elected members who have been successfully nominated to represent their voice and opinion to AITT’s network. They consist of industry experts, from lift truck manufacturers, H&S representatives, training organisations, and instructors.


Credentials & Partners

1985 - Present
Our History

AITT have been working on improving standards of the material handling industry since 1985.


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.


The HSE (Formally known as the HSC) recognised AITT/ITSSAR as an accrediting body for workplace transport.


AITT and ITSSAR split, and as a result each organisation became their own accrediting body, to maintain and develop standards.


The HSC became the HSE and stopped administering accrediting bodies.


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.


As part of the membership requirements of the ABA, all operator training delivered by AITT training providers must ensure an extra level of auditing is completed by the awarding body. Therefore, AITT introduced its registration scheme (now called ACORNS - AITT Certificate of Operator Registration Number Scheme).

This gave the customer the ability to check an individual training record by contacting AITT with their own unique reference number.


To support the growth of AITT and to plan for the future, AITT moved to a larger premises with conferencing facilities, confirming its commitment to the industry.


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.


AITT's Managing Directors successfully completed his 2 year term as chairman of the ABA, and stepped down for this position for the role to be rotated


Andy Cartwright appointed as the new Chairman of AITT, and former Chairman Mark Asplen to become vice chairman.


Liam Knight appointed as the new Managing Director of AITT, Jules Cook is appointed as Technical Manager.


Following the AITT council election Jonathan Handley is appointed as Chairman, Andy Cartwright as Vice Chairman and Stuart Taylor is re-elected as Treasurer


AITT launches new ACORNS online certificate checker which will enable users to find out instantly if a certificate of basic training is registered on the ACORNS database.

Training Standards Advisor
Dave Tanner

TSA and Standards Committee Member
Andy Langwith

Training Standards Advisor
Simon Campbell

Training Standards Advisor
Bora Masalovich

Training Standards Advisor
Andy Clough


AITT Accreditations

Accredited companies have the advantage of being included in our online Training Directory, as well as access to our library of training aids and useful literature.

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AITT Memberships

AITT publishes guidance notes for training operators and instructors, as well as providing advice on instructional techniques for all types of industrial truck operator training. These publications can be purchased directly from us.

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The AITT Store is the “go to” place for the latest AITT publications, training material and other training materials to improve the delivery of your training.

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