Last reviewed 5 August 2022

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced changes to its plant standards to standardise training and testing requirements across the construction industry.

The changes will start being introduced in January 2023 and follow consultation with employers and interested parties from across the plant sector. The new standards are intended to ensure safe, consistent and high-quality plant operations throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

The first phase of the changes will see new standards introduced for eight of the most used plant grants. These include.

  • Excavator 360, above 10 tonnes (tracked).

  • Forward tipping dumper (wheeled).

  • Rear tipping dumper/ dump truck: articulated chassis (all sizes).

  • Ride on roller.

  • Telescopic handler: all sizes excluding 360 slew.

  • Industrial forklift.

  • Plant and vehicle marshaller.

  • Slinger, signaller: all types, all duties.

Alongside the new standards, the grant rates for plant training and tests will also be changed and improved.

Currently, three smaller grants are available for practical test, theory test and short course training, which employers can claim in different ways. Under the new changes, a larger single grant will be available for all CITB registered employers.

Christopher Simpson, Head of CITB Quality and Standards, said: “The introduction of our new standards is in direct response to feedback from the sector. The introduction of these changes will help standardise and improve the quality and consistency of plant training; increase the amount of plant training that takes place before testing; and increase the number of people trained in plant operations, particularly new entrants to construction.”

From January, a separate, higher grant rate will be available for employers putting staff through plant training who have never had experience of the type of machinery in which they are being trained.

This is to help to respond to the industry’s need for more people to become highly skilled and competent plant operators.

See the CITB website for full details of the changes.