Tool Hire Product Awareness Training (THPAT) - Submersible Pumps

The purpose of this standard is to train candidates in the hire sector in demonstrating basic operation and selecting accessories for submersible pump assets.


Tool Hire Product Awareness Training - Submersible Pumps 


Minimum 1/2 day of 3 learning hours  


The purpose of this standard is to train candidates in the hire sector in demonstrating basic operation and selecting accessories for submersible Pump assets. 


Customer Profile - industrial & contractor, domestic (DIY & garden use) 

Applications: Drainage, waste-water, sludge/slurry, sewage, domestic (ponds, etc) 

Power Source  

  • Electrical and Hydraulic:  
  • Electric - Motor sizes - watts e.g.400, 750 power supplies 110V, 230V and 400V. single & 3-phase configurations 
  • Diesel - hydraulic power units (for applications where an electrical supply is unavailable or for hazardous areas where electricity is not allowed) 


  • height, weight, length 
  • Pump flow rates/capacities i.e.  440l/s 
  • Outlet sizes i.e. 32; 50; 80; 250; 300mm. Some manufacturers quote inches e.g ½, ¾, 1” etc 
  • Switching - manual and automatic plus float switch 
  • Handling capacity - soft solids up to 50mm, fresh water etc 
  • Pump types - Centrifugal, Diaphragm, vortex impeller and their uses;  
  • Pump components suitable from rainwater to handle aggressive media such as brackish water (wear resistant internals), silage liquor. 
  • Specialist Applications -  
  • puddle pumps (start pumping at low levels - i.e. from 5mm down to drain depth of 2mm) 
  • submersible aerators for mixing and aeration of sewage  
  • macerators 
  • ATEX rated motors for hazardous applications (aka spark proof) for EU equipment Directive 99/92/EC - minimum requirements for improving the health and safety protection of workers potentially at risk from explosive atmospheres.) Hazardous areas usually designated where the drainage system is fed from areas with vehicles, car parks, garages, tank farms or laboratories 

Accessories - control panels, starters, variable speed drives, telemetry, cables, floats, discharge hoses and couplings 

Legislation - Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act - companies have broad responsibilities for the safety of the products they hire out. This includes (so far as reasonably practicable) pre-hire testing and inspection to ensure continued safety, and the provision of information. 

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 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 be used in the delivery of this standard: 

  • a blend of classroom and e-learning 
  • Classroom 
  • Practical training area 

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

This standard is considered to be set at an intermediate level.                   


Methods of assessment considered appropriate for training delivered against this standard are:  

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. 


Non-mandatory refresher every 3 years 

Approval date 

March 2020 

Review cycle 

Either on request or 3 years from approval date 

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to: 

Additional guidance to support learning outcome  



Describe employer’s duty under Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Act  


Will know the names of different types & components of Submersible Pumps; their performance and applications. 

Identify appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) 

Describe hazards and controls to be used 

Manual Handling 

Advise on techniques for safe movement of Submersible Pumps 

Pre-use Checks 

Will advise on items to be inspected for damage; faults and leaks; full functionality of all controls; switches; gauges; warning systems for Submersible Pumps 

Demonstrate basic practical operation, shutdown, and emergency stop procedures 

Across a range of Submersible Pumps and accessories along with relevant manufacturer’s instructions for safe start up and operation where possible 

Complete a demonstration record and prepare equipment for hire  

Know what records need to be completed, how and when. 

Complete records  

Additional information about this standard 

Useful guidance on starting/stopping/use of Submersible Pump equipment is available in HAE Safety Guidance notes: 

  • 1401 - Submersible Pumps 
  • 2733 - Honda Water Pump