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RTITB Limited (Road Transport Industry Training Board) is the largest lift truck training accrediting body in the UK and Ireland. Accreditation is about providing the best service, the best support and most importantly upholding the highest standards. The RTITB is an independent and impartial training accreditation body working extensively in the road haulage and distribution industry. When organisations purchase RTITB accredited or approved training they can be assured that it has been independently monitored and that it will meet specified objectives.

The RTITB runs the NORS (National Operator Registration Scheme) which produces centralised certification for those that have undergone approved training courses. The RTITB programmes are suitable for those that have existing RTITB certification and want to refresh it or carry out conversion training to another truck type. Registration on NORS lasts for 3 years from the date of test.

Since its original inception in 2003 over 265,000 qualifications have been registered on NORS. Operators are registered on NORS for 3 years from the date of test. Approximately 6 months prior to expiry all operators will be sent notification that their registration period is due to expire, therefore encouraging re-training/testing and in turn improving safety in workplace transport. To re-register on NORS refresher training/testing must have been successfully undertaken in the previous 3 year registration period or at the end of the period of registration. The refresher training/testing must have been completed at an RTITB accredited organisation.

Training is carried out at our training centre in Billingham, or if required this can also be done On-Site at a client’s premises, providing site requirements are met. We can provide training ranging from Novice training for operators with no previous experience through to conversion training where there is a significant difference to the controls, such as Counterbalance conversion to Reach Forklifts.

The duration of the course depends on the number of candidates and the experience of each candidate, in general our courses consist of 5 days training and assessment, which includes Theory & Practical elements, this is based on 3 candidates with little or no experience, with 1 machine and 1 instructor. On successful completion of the RTITB Training & assessment candidates will be issued with an RTITB Operators Card.

RSIS Offer the following RTITB training courses:

Counterbalance Training Courses

Counterbalance trucks are the most common type of fork lift in use in the UK today and are the workhorse of most materials handling operations. They come in a vast range of sizes and capacities from small, manoeuvrable electric 3 wheelers of 1000kg capacity through to huge 50,000kg capacity diesel machines. The most common are 2,500kg capacity diesel or LPG machines.

Instructor Certificate

These courses are carried out by qualified tutors who have undergone accredited training in instructional techniques and skills assessment. Our courses can be tailored to cover any type of lift truck. This course is ideal for those looking to change career.

Moffet Mountie

An increasingly common sight on the UK roads is a lorry carrying its’ own lift truck ‘piggy back’ style. Officially called ‘Rider Transportable Fork Lifts’, these are more commonly known by their manufacturers names such as Moffett Mountie, Kooi-Aap or Manitou (amongst others). Learning to operate a rider transportable fork lift involves not only how to operate efficiently and safely but also how to mount and dismount the truck from its host vehicle.

Pedestrian Pallet Truck

Powered pallet trucks come in a variety of styles and can be pedestrian operated, rider operated or in some cases both (with a stand on platform). They can be used for the horizontal transporting of palletised loads (PPT’s). For low level order picking (LLOP’s) or for lower level stacking of loads (Support Arm Stackers).

Pivot Steer Truck

Also commonly known as Flexi or Bendi machines, the pivot steer fork lift has been one of the most original developments in materials handling in recent years. Their unique design (and operational methods) allows the truck to stack full pallets in narrow aisles yet still operate in a yard unloading lorries. In the right application this eliminates the costly double handling of loads as well as optimising storage space in the warehouse.

Reach Truck

Reach trucks were first introduced to reduce the aisle widths a fork lift needed to operate in and therefore bring down the cost per pallet stored. Reach trucks are common in all sectors of industry and variants exist for more specialist applications (4 way steering etc.).

Rough Terrain

Combi-lift is the name of the manufacturer of a growing range of innovative fork lifts designed to handle multiple types of load in varying applications. A ‘one truck’ solution for applications that require handling of long or palletised loads on smooth or rough terrain.

Side loader Truck

The side loader is the ideal machine for handling long loads particularly when significant travel distances are involved. Widely used in the timber and steel industries (as well as other industries producing long loads), this type of truck ensures optimum space utilisation and improved load stability when travelling.

Telescopic Handler

Often referred to as tele-handlers, this type of fork lift has become much more popular in recent years as its design provides a more versatile alternative to the traditional masted counterbalance truck (standard and rough terrain). With greater lift heights being developed on this type of truck, accredited operator training is critical for safe and efficient operation.

Very Narrow Aisle Truck (VNA)

Very Narrow Aisle fork lift trucks come in a variety of styles and can be used for stacking loads, medium and high level order picking or in some instances both functions. What is different about these machines from other types of fork lift truck is that they are normally only steered by the operator when transferring from one stacking aisle to another. Once in the stacking aisle the trucks are steered automatically (they can be either wire or rail guided).