Engineering rig attendant mini-piling and land drilling


The purpose of this standard is to train new starters in the safety requirements when working around mini piling and land drilling equipment.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to train new starters in the safety requirements when working around mini piling and land drilling equipment.


  • legislation
  • site set-up
  • different piling and drilling techniques
  • pumping aggregates
  • using attachments
  • plant movement
  • risks, including manual handling.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational groups:

  • operative and craft
  • supervision
  • management and leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

Candidates must have passed the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • A train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • Successfully completed training to this standard 
  • At least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • A verifiable CV.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size to allow delivery in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery method may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more theoretical learning.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.           

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the Training Standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refreshment requirements for this standard.

Approval date

November 2018

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Describe the principal elements of health and safety law


FPS Safety on piling sites

Enter the site

Site set Up: Risks, Understanding Risk Assessments, Site Specific Risks, Permits to Work, FPS Documentation, platforms, underground services, exclusion zone requirements, CDM requirements.

Describe different piling & drilling rigs

Show different techniques within the industry

Describe different types of pumps and their uses


Describe the different handling attachments available and how they are used


Guide moving plant and machinery


Describe how compressed air is used and how associated risks should be managed


Lifting accessory requirements


Musculoskeletal awareness

Awareness of Manual Handling, HAVS & other musculoskeletal disorders

Additional information about this standard

This standard will help industry newcomers working in mini piling and land drilling have an understanding of safety requirements when working in and around piling and associated equipment, this should enable candidates to go to site to get experience and achieve higher qualifications.