Construction companies with in-house training departments

If you are a construction company with an in-house training department which provides non-commercial training, you could apply to become a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO).

When you become a CITB ATO, you're demonstrating that the quality of your in-house training meets the industry agreed standard and is comparable to that offered by commercial providers.

You'll also be able to add the training achievements of your staff to the Construction Training Register (CTR) to support their career progression within the industry.

You can choose to provide Assured, Recognised or both types of training products. And as an employer with in-house training facilities, you won't be charged an annual fee to be a CITB ATO.

There are several steps that you must go through in order to be accepted. The good news is that you will only have to do this once. Here’s what you need to do:

Before you make an application to become a CITB ATO, you need to do the following:

  1. Review the list of short duration courses and accompanying standards to match against your in-house training courses.
  2. Download and read the following documents carefully before submitting your application:

Please make sure that you have fully read and understood these requirements and terms of agreement as these form the basis of your contract with CITB.

You will need to have the following pieces of information available when you complete your application to become a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO):

  • company details - these need to be the name and address as registered with Companies House (i.e. your legal entity)
  • Companies House or registered charity number (as applicable)
  • training centre/facility details (if different from company details)
  • contact details for your company's accounts department
  • if applicable, details of construction-related qualifications from an awarding organisation that you are approved to deliver.

Complete the CITB ATO application form online.

You can also watch this video to find out how to complete the application form.

After you have submitted your online application form, we will review your application.

Once we have verified the information you have provided, we will then give you access to the Construction Training Directory (CTD) to sign the form(s) of agreement and complete self-assessment:

  • you should get an email with a link to the CTD so that you can create your log-in using your email address
  • please make sure that you use the email address that was given in your application when logging into the CTD
  • if you haven't received this email after you have been notified that you've passed this stage, please contact our Customer support team on ctdservices@citb.co.uk or 0844 994 4047.

Please make sure that emails from CITB do not automatically get put into your email spam folder.

Once you have created your log-in, you will need to:

  1. Electronically sign the form(s) of agreement
  2. Select the courses from the list of industry agreed short duration training courses
    • If you're providing Assured training products, you will need to complete the online self-assessment which involves describing how you can provide training to the required standard for that course. You can also upload documents* such as a course syllabus to support your self-assessment.

      If the standard is still in development, you can still select that course to include in your training portfolio. You won't need to complete the self-assessment at this time.
      Once the standard has been developed and published, you will then need to complete the self-assessment for that course. We will inform you when that course standard has been published.
    • If you want to provide Recognised products, you will need to provide evidence that you have permission to deliver those products.
      This will be in the form of certification and/or a contract of agreement between your organisation and the awarding body.
      You will need to upload a copy of these documents* to the system.

* We will accept a scanned copy as an image file (e.g. JPG or PNG), or a PDF/MS Word file copy of the document. You can upload as many documents/files as you wish to support your application, but each file must be less than 20MB.

Watch the video on how to complete the self-assessment and provide evidence.

Once we have verified the evidence that you uploaded, we will confirm your status as a CITB Approved Training Organisation (ATO).

We will then expand your permission on the CTD so you can build your profile and list the in-house construction training courses that provide to your staff on the directory.

Watch the video below to learn how to set up a user to help you manage your CTD profile.

Watch the video below to learn how to list your courses and venues.

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