Yardshunter Instructor

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The course provides candidates with the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver yardshunter and banksman training courses in a safe, effective and efficient manner. The course is suitable for delivery on tractor units or tug masters with a trailer.

By the end of the course candidates will:

• Be able to plan and deliver safe yard shunter training
• Be able to plan and deliver safe banksman training
• Be able to recall and discuss the role and responsibilities of an instructor

The Yardshunter Instructor course concludes with an objective examination carried out by an RTITB examiner. All elements of the examination must be passed in order to successfully qualify as an RTITB Yardshunter instructor. Achieving an RTITB instructor qualification is something to be truly proud of. Successful candidates are eligible to register on the RTITB Register of Professional Instructors.

To make a booking, select a course type below and search for dates, alternatively please call our Academy team on +44(0)1952 520214.

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The course covers the following:

• Role of the Instructor
• Planning and presenting yard shunter training
• Safe systems of work
• The operating environment
• The responsibilities of a yard shunter
• Use of hand signals
• Daily vehicle checks
• Coupling and Uncoupling
• Theory of Articulation
• Forward Manoeuvres
• Reverse manoeuvres
• Loading Docks
• Open and confined areas

And concludes with a 3 part examination:

• Theory test covering yard shunting best practice and regulations plus instructional techniques
• Practical lesson delivery
• Classroom lesson delivery
The course is suitable for candidates who:

• Have excellent communication skills
• Have a minimum of B entitlement on their driving licence
• Significant experience of shunting
• Have prior training in instructing (if they do not the course duration may need to be extended to cover instructional techniques)
It is beneficial to familiarise yourself with the following webpages, publications and documents prior to attending a Yardshunter instructor course. It is not mandatory to read/purchase all of these items, they are provided as recommendations only of what is likely to assist in preparation for course attendance.

HSE Guide to Workplace Transport Safety HSG136

HSE Safe Manoeuvring

HSE Guide to Workplace Transport Safety HSG136

Safe Coupling and Uncoupling
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Delivered at The RTITB Instructor Academy

Yardshunter Instructor Initial (with experience)

A course for candidates who wish to deliver Yardshunter training who have prior instructing experience.

Price per course not per candidate (exclusive of VAT)
3-4 people (3days) - £1755
1-2 people (2 days) - £1170

Yardshunter Instructor Re-reg

A course for a currently qualified RTITB Vehicle Yardshunter instructors who wishes to renew their registration

Price per course not per candidate (exclusive of VAT)
3-4 people (2days) - £1170
1-2 people (1 day) - £585

Yardshunter Instructor Initial (no experience)

A course for candidates who wish to deliver Yardshunter training who have no prior instructing experience.

Price per course not per candidate (exclusive of VAT)
3-4 people (4 days) - £2340
1-2 people (3 days) - £1755

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Yardshunter Instructor Initial (with experience)

A course for candidates who wish to deliver Yardshunter training who have prior instructing experience.

Price per course not per candidate (exclusive of VAT)
3-4 people (3 days) - £1374 plus instructor travel, subsistence and accommodation
1-2 people (2 days) - £916 plus instructor travel, subsistence and accommodation

Yardshunter Instructor Re-reg

A course for a currently qualified RTITB Vehicle Yardshunter instructors who wishes to renew their registration

Price per course not per candidate (exclusive of VAT)
3-4 people (2 days) - £916 plus instructor travel, subsistence and accommodation
1-2 people (1 day) - £458 plus instructor travel, subsistence and accommodation

Yardshunter Instructor Initial (no experience)

A course for candidates who wish to deliver Yardshunter training who have no prior instructing experience.

Price per course not per candidate (exclusive of VAT)
3-4 people (4 days) - £1832 plus instructor travel, subsistence and accommodation
1-2 people (3 days) - £1374 plus instructor travel, subsistence and accommodation