Certificating Bodies

What is a Certificating Body?

A certificating body is an organisation that offers either formal qualifications (usually with the regulated qualifications framework) and/or offers skills cards that identify plant-based occupations and/or categories or types of construction based plant.

Certificating Bodies Standing Subgroup

Permanent standing stakeholder sub-groups have been formed to represent the various interests of the construction sector, including one for Certificating Bodies. This provides them with a platform and voice to the PSRO Board and encourages schemes to work with employers in a bid to support and enhance the skills landscape.

Membership of the certificating bodies standing sub group is free and open to any certificating body that does or intends to provide certificating/carding to the construction sector for one or more of the various plant occupations, including individual machine types.

Current certificating bodies who participate on the group include:

  • AITT
  • CMPE
  • CPCS
  • IPAF
  • Lantra
  • MPQC
  • Qualified Contractors Ltd

    CSCS Partner Card schemes

    The following plant-based schemes are currently a CSCS-partner card scheme and require the attainment of an NVQ for competence (blue) card issue:

    • CPCS
    • MPQC
    • NPORS*

    Note: Both CPCS and NPORS offer both a CSCS-logoed card for the construction sector and non CSCS-logoed card for sectors other than construction.

    The following plant-based schemes are currently a CSCS-partner card scheme but have alternative processes in place in lieu of the NVQ requirement for scheme card issue:


    • ALLMI
    • IPAF

    About the Certificating Bodies

    This section acts as a ‘shop window’ in allowing each of the participating certificating bodiees to outline their available products and services to industry along with their website details where more information on their activities can be obtained accordingly.

    Disclaimer: Each of the statements below have been provided unaltered by each certificating body. PSRO Ltd does not endorse any particular body, does not take responsibility for the accuracy of any supplied statement, or audit or vet any of the bodies’ activities or processes.

    Association Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT)

    The AITT was formed in 1985 and became an HSE recognised body deemed competent to accredit training organizations and individuals in 1991. Our specialist area is workplace transport and specifically any and all types of lift trucks and related items of materials handling equipment. AITT is a non-profit making accrediting body that is owned by our members and run by an elected council consisting of the leading lift truck manufacturers, training providers and large-scale users of materials handling equipment. This combination of skills and interests provides a wide breadth of knowledge and just as importantly a practical, pragmatic, and cost-effective approach to efficient and safe training.

    Association of Lorry Loader Manufacturers and Importers (ALLMI)

    ALLMI was founded in 1978 at the request of the HSE and remains today as the only Trade Association to represent and be exclusively dedicated to the UK lorry loader industry.  ALLMI also operates the UK’s only accrediting body to specialise in training for each member of the lorry loader lifting team, as well as managers, instructors and engineers. Mapped against the applicable parts of the BS7121 series, the content of ALLMI’s training programmes is developed and maintained by the ALLMI Training Standards Committee, members of which include representatives from leading loader crane manufacturers / importers, training providers, and the HSE. ALLMI provides unequalled and comprehensive technical and legislative support for its accredited instructor network, as well as all operators carrying the ALLMI card.

    British Register Of Industrial Truck Trainers And Operators (BRITTOp)

    The Training Standard for the 21st Century in Warehouses, Plant & Construction Industries. We are a progressive forward-thinking company that aims to form long term relationships with training providers, operators and their companies. We fully conform with the HSE British Training Standards (ACOP117 – LOLER 98 – PUWER 98 & HASAWA) so our training qualifications are fully recognised by the HSE and UK Government. We also fully support co-operation with other registered training bodies.

    Contractors Mechanical Plant Engineers (CMPE)

    Introduced in 1983 by the CMPE, the Certificate of Competence (CoC) scheme was set up to promote the safer use of plant, which is an independent and traceable system for the training and assessment of plant operatives working across the construction, House Building, industrial, utilities, and agricultural sectors.


    Lantra is one of the leading awarding bodies for land-based industries in both the UK and Ireland. We develop quality training courses and nationally recognised qualifications that are delivered through a national network of training Providers. We currently have a wide range of NVQs supporting the construction sector including L2 in Plant Operations and L3 Occupational Work Supervisor.

    Mineral Products Qualifications Council (MPQC)

    Our Plant Operator Competency Scheme, launched in 1982, provides plant assessments for operators in the Extractive and Minerals Processing and the associated construction sector and has a strong, well-recognised brand with employers in the mineral products sector along with many others and covers skills, knowledge, qualifications and competence of plant operators, covering in excess of 40 plant items and conducted in relation to the experience and competence of the operator, delivered by a network of providers throughout the UK.


    RTITB is one of the UK’s leading accrediting bodies for material handling equipment training. Through training course development,  quality assurance, certification, and assessment RTITB helps businesses to reduce costs, but most importantly, to save lives. Our training courses and eLearning are designed to change behaviour. Every year more than 100,000 people attend an RTITB-approved course in sectors including transport, logistics, construction, aviation and more.