Tool hire product awareness training (THPAT) - engineering, access, small construction plant


The purpose of this standard is to train candidates in the hire sector to operate, demonstrate operation and select accessories for access hire fleet assets.

CITB has developed this standard in discussion with industry.


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours.


The purpose of this standard is to train candidates in the hire sector to operate, demonstrate operation and select accessories for access hire fleet assets.


  • low level  access systems
  • steps
  • ladders
  • building props
  • small construction plant.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.


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 and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following statement may be included as guidance within the standard where necessary.

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

  • classroom
  • a blend of classroom and e-learning.

This standard is considered to contain 51% or more practical training.


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

On request or 3 years from approval date

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: Additional guidance to support learning outcome
Describe relevant regulations and legal obligations
Select an appropriate safe access system   
Identify personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements
Examine components for compatibility and damage Manufacturer’s instructions /  checklist
Assemble, stabilize and set up items for use Manufacturer’s instructions /  checklist
Demonstrate the correct access and descent procedure Manufacturer’s instructions /  checklist
Dismantle units and secure ready for hire or transportation Manufacturer’s instructions /  checklist
Complete a demonstration record and prepare equipment for hire  
Inspect and record hire details  

Learning outcomes

Refer to HAE Safety Instruction Leaflet No’s:-1207 Ladder, 1208 Step Ladder, 1209 Roof Ladder, 1210 Trestles, Stagings and Scaffold Boards. 1217 Podium Steps. 1107 Strongboy used with Support Props.