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Why choose the new rtitb lift truck instructor qualification

Blogs | 19th Mar 2024

The RTITB Materials Handling Equipment (MHE) Instructor qualification is changing. This is a change for the better, designed to bring benefits to employers, Instructors, and operators. It will help retain current instructors, and attract new talent to fill these important roles. There will be differences to both the course and the examination. These will apply to all Forklift Instructor/MHE Instructor courses starting on or after  3rd June 2024.  

Here are four of the reasons why you should choose the updated RTITB qualification to train your Lift Truck Instructors. 

  1. We’ve moved with the times 

Training is evolving. Candidates have different expectations and learning styles compared to even a decade ago. At the same time, there are new and different tools and methods available to Instructors.  

The new MHE Instructor course is the first to take this into account thoroughly. For example, the new syllabus includes a focus on how different delivery methods contribute to effective learning. Such as face to face, blended, and digital styles. Also, how technology can support and enhance understanding. And how equality, diversity, and inclusion can influence training delivery. 

The course has also introduced guidance on Reasonable Adjustments. This helps ensure compliance with equality laws. More importantly, it will help give a more diverse candidate based the opportunity to become an Instructor. It is estimated that 1 in 7 people in the UK is neurodiverse. This will be the only instructor course available that can be adjusted to meet their needs.  

The course itself also uses a more modern ‘flipped classroom’ learning approach. Candidates will participate in self-paced eLearning outside of face-to-face time. The Instructor will then confirm the learning with candidates. This makes a more efficient use of time. It also gives Instructors first-hand experience of how digital learning can be used effectively. 

  1. Gain confidence AND competence 

The new Lift Truck Instructor course syllabus is designed to give Instructors the skills, knowledge, and behaviours needed to be great at their role. This helps maintain the highest quality standards in operator training. In turn, supporting greater operational safety. 

The training, of course, gives Instructors the essential skills they need such as planning and preparing sessions, or selecting appropriate delivery methods. This is backed up with core knowledge, from an understanding of adult learning, to how technology can support and enhance understanding.  

However, the training is also designed to instil confidence in Instructors, alongside competence. From this confidence comes the ability to engage candidates, and also manage conflict. The course also aims to inspire Instructors with a desire to learn, develop, and explore new ideas and techniques. This emphasis on behaviour is one thing that sets the RTITB qualification apart. 

  1. A more holistic exam 

Alongside the new course is a new examination for Instructor training candidates. This will provide a wider, more holistic view of the candidate’s ability. Importantly it is designed to reduce pressure on the candidate on the final day. Until now, this is when both the theory test and presentation to the RTITB examiner take place. This can lead to nerves which prevent an otherwise competent candidate from qualifying as an Instructor – a role that is much in demand. 

For example, the examination includes an Associated Knowledge test that can be attempted multiple times during the course. It is no longer a ‘memory test’ on the final day. It is an open book test that enables Lift Truck Instructors to apply their knowledge. It is delivered online using a randomised back of questions and answers, plus a bank of different content for re-sits. This ensures the test is not predictable. And it helps prevent malpractice and improve security. 

To ensure ability and knowledge across a wide cross section of knowledge and skills, candidates must also successfully complete an In Class Lesson Delivery test and a Practical Lesson Delivery test, which ends with a Professional Discussion. Candidates are now given their lesson titles 48 hours in advance to give ample preparation time. Plus, an Advanced Operational Competence Test is required. 

Those successfully completing the course will receive either a pass, merit, or distinction grade. This gives employers a helpful idea of a newly qualified Instructor’s level of knowledge and skill. 

  1. Options that work for you 

The Lift Truck Instructor qualification changes apply to novice, refresher, and conversion courses. And the latest updates give companies and Instructor candidates different options. Whether you need flexibility around business demands or personal commitments. 

For novices, alongside a standard 10-day course, there is an accelerated 7-day option. This is only suitable where three candidates or fewer are attending. To re-register, Instructors will now have the choice to attend either a standard 5-day course, or an accelerated 3-day version. The Lift Truck Instructor conversion course (for those switching to an RTITB qualification from another accrediting body) will be 5 days as standard.  

Get the best Lift Truck Instructors 

We are so excited to be inspiring change and elevating standards in workplace transport training with our new Lift Truck Instructor qualification. The new course and examination will be available as standard from RTITB Instructor Centres across the UK from 3rd June 2024. Find a training partner now. 

We know this is a big change, so if you have any questions at all, please contact our friendly team. 

Author: Laura Nelson, Managing Director, RTITB 

Laura Nelson, has worked with RTITB, the leading workplace transport training accreditation body, for more than 20 years. She has been Managing Director for 8 years.  

Laura champions the development of innovative training programs, training quality standards, and software. She aims to empower the transport, warehousing, and logistics industries to achieve safety excellence.  

Her approach to leadership reflects her belief in the importance of the RTITB mission to save lives.  

Laura is a qualified Transport Manager and ISO9001 Lead Auditor. She has also completed Cranfield University’s Business Growth Program.  

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