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ABA Announces New Testing for Counterbalance and Reach

News | 30th Jan 2017

RTITB, part of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA), is pleased to announce the release of the newly revised Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance (B1) and Reach (D1 & D2) trucks.

It is not mandatory for RTITB accredited organisations to implement the new test immediately, however the new test will need to be in use by 1st September 2017. Any tests held on or after this date, that does not use the new format, will be invalid. Organisations can download the new test now. 

The  ABA worked with a range of stakeholders, including training organisations, trade associations, insurers, unions, lift truck manufacturers and employers, to produce a test which more closely reflects the modern working environment and the needs of employers and industry at large. This is the first time the test has been updated since 2000.

We would strongly encourage RTITB accredited organisations to read the new test in detail to ensure they are aware of all of the changes. Below are some of the key changes (please note this list is not finite);

  • 13 of the 22 elements described in the pre-use inspection test have been deemed safety critical. The test candidate must carry out a full and correct check of these items, failure to do so will result in an automatic referral in this element of the test
  • Candidates will be disqualified from the practical skills test if they incur more than 3 (i.e. 4 or more) 5 point penalties in any one area
  • A number of elements in the practical skills test have had their penalty award increased
  • In the bank of multiple choice questions there are 5 mandatory questions. These must appear in every question paper. If a candidate gets any of the mandatory questions incorrect then the overall result of the association knowledge examination will be a referral (regardless of the overall score)

Please contact us if you have any questions or feedback on the new test.

At the next ABA meeting the members will be deciding which truck test they will develop next. If you have suggestions please let us know.

RTITB are also pleased to announce the release of LTG4 Electric Pallet/Stacker Truck Trainer’s Guide which is available to purchase now. Organisations can purchase this online, or by contacting the Assist team on +44(0)1952 520203. The new LTG4 Trainer’s Guide has been written inline with the new testing as above.

RTITB’s latest guides that are currently in development, LTG1 Counterbalance and LTG2 Reach, will also be written inline with the new testing procedures. Both guides are available for pre-order now by calling +44(0)1952 520203 or emailing assist@rtitb.co.uk.