Tool hire product awareness training (THPAT) - for non-mechanical equipment

Will be able to provide the best advice and demonstration of product as to suitability to customers' requirements for particular job to secure the hire business.


Tool Hire Product Awareness Training - Non-Mechanical Equipment 


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours  


Purpose: Will be able to provide the best advice and demonstration of product as to suitability to customers' requirements for particular job to secure the hire business 

Scope: Will be able to  

  • Adapt approach for a variety of hirers - professionals, semi-professionals and domestic. 
  • Provide advice about equipment performance characteristics and suitability to possible hire contract: 
  • Advise on specific PPE for safe use;)  
  • Advise on routine maintenance and what to do in the event of equipment failure 
  • Provide relevant product ‘hire - use of’ documentation/leaflets 

across the range of 

  • Pedestrian / crowd control barriers and temporary security fencing 
  • Trenching & shoring (trench boxes and other similar), adjustable steel props, trench struts, strongboys 
  • Bogmats, magnetic rail barriers, road plates 
  • Welfare - range of portable chemical, including wheelchair access plus weekly empty/service options units; site welfare units; wet & dry rooms; on-site kitchen; Water boilers - electric & gas power sources; Boot Wash Station. 
  • Survey equipment and laser levellers (plus calibration services) 
  • Access equipment - tower scaffold components, ladders, podiums, trestles, scaffold boards and staging; Block & tackle; Mobile Man Anchor - fall protection/ restraint when working on flat roofs where there are no suitable anchor points. 
  • Security & fuel storage -  Fuel Storage Chest, Gas Bottle Storage Cage, Site Security Tool Chest, Armorgard Drum Cage; Diesel bowsers 
  • Communication - 2 way radio 
  • Loading Ramp SWL 30Kg – 3.0m 
  • Other miscellaneous equipment such as:- Tar boilers; Wrecker bars; Rubbish chutes - tubing, mounting brackets;Drain Rods 

Occupational relevance 

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

  • operative and craft 
  • supervision 


There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, a basic knowledge of hire terminology and techniques would be beneficial. 

Instruction/ supervision 

As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have: 

  • a qualified trainer 
  • Successfully completed training to this standard  
  • At least 2 years relevant industrial experience 
  • A verifiable CV 


Delivery will be in an 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 delivery methods may/may not be used in the delivery of this standard: 

  • classroom 
  • practical training area 

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

This standard is considered to be set at a basic/ level.                                                   


For the successful completion of training, the trainer must be satisfied that the candidate has achieved all of the learning outcomes. 

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 - unless new equipment categories within the hire sector become available 

Approval date 

March 2020 

Review cycle 

On request or 3 years from approval date 

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

a) Access equipment - understand factors affecting strength of tower scaffold components, ladders, podiums, trestles, scaffold boards and staging and be able to correctly identify specification to match customer requirements 


b) Provide advice about equipment performance characteristics and suitability to customers' requirements for particular job across the variety of power sources available 


c) Advise on additional optional services available such as weekly portable chemical toilet empty/service; specific PPE for safe use; 


d) Demonstrate safe start up, use and shut down of equipment (where applicable)  


e) Advise on routine maintenance and what to do in the event of equipment failure 


f) Provide relevant product ‘hire - use of’ documentation/leaflets