WHAT IS IN-HOUSE FORKLIFT TRAINING?
ACREDITTED VS IN-HOUSE FORKLIFT TRAINING
You may have heard the terms ‘inhouse’ training and ‘accredited’ training many times especially when booking courses with training providers which may mean nothing to you, so we are here to explain the differences.
‘inhouse’ training or ‘non-accredited’ training refers to MHE training that is certificated but is not formally approved by any awarding body. Awarding bodies like RTITB, ITSSAR, AITT and NPORS are institutions that specialise in an area and ensure that high-standards are maintained within that area and inline with the ACOP L117 Rider Operated Lift Trucks. For example, RTITB are an awarding body that specialise in ‘Plant’ i.e Forklifts & Excavators. Inhouse forklift training courses may meet industry guidelines and be delivered at a high standard, though it may not be verified externally by one of the awarding body. Therefore, the certificate will be deemed as ‘inhouse’
Accredited Training on the other hand can be verified by an external awarding body, this normally comes in the form of an accredited certificate and photographic ID card that will include the awarding body’s logo as reference. Some organisations prefer accredited training to inhouse as the certificates are nationally recognised and carry more ‘weight’ to them. An employer or worksite may only recognise an accredited training certificate as proof of training and not an inhouse certificate.
Consider that accredited training under any accrediting body will often come at an additional cost to inhouse training. This is usually to cover the cost of the awarding body that certify the course, it is up to you to decide whether you are willing to spend extra to receive an accredited course and certificate.
In-house instructors vs external instructors
Some companies prefer to have “in house” training conducted by an instructor who is one of their own employees and has been trained to deliver courses for the machine types they use. This can work very well for larger companies to help control the quality of their employees’ driving ability and safe operating practices but can sometimes put undue pressure on the instructor to pass trainees who are not quite up to the required standard, or to shorten the course duration to suit the company’s financial or commercial requirements thus reducing the operators competencies. The other disadvantage of “in house” training is that the “in house” trainer usually has a “day job” within the company and sometimes the company may find it difficult to release him from his normal role to conduct training courses. In-house instructors would need to re-take their instructors course every 5 years.
Most companies choose to bring in an independent training provider to conduct accredited training either on their site or at the provider’s site. Accredited training is a formalised type of training laid out in a logical and structured sequence which is delivered by qualified instructors and endorsed by a relevant governing body such as RTITB, ITSSAR, AITT or NPORS. Accredited instructors who provide accreditation under one of the formal bodies would need to be audited every 12 months to ensure they meet the required standards set out by the governing body.