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Tool hire product awareness training (THPAT) - access equipment


Mobile Towers, also known as Scaffold Towers or Alloy Towers, are an integral part of the hire industry. These structures are a key item for working at height. This Standard addresses the correct inspection, supply and safe handling of Towers incorporating PUWER, WAH, MHASAWA, Lead Body and Manufacturers recommendations and guides.


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours


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.


  • 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 
  • Bog mats, 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

Candidate pre-requisites

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


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:

  • Describe the Regulations and Legal Obligations 
  • Store and handle Tower Components 
  • Examine Components 
  • Conduct Pre and Off hire checks 
  • Safe Handling 
  • Select components
  • Manufacturers Guides / Basic Assembly
  • Describe PPE selection & use 
  • Inspect and Record Hire Details 

Additional information about this standard