Updated Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance and Reach Trucks

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) is pleased to release the updated version of Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance and Reach Trucks, rider and now stand on versions. (B1,B4, D1, D2, D3)

The new test can be implemented from 8th January, however, the mandatory use of these test will be need by training organisations from 1st April 2021. Any tests held on or after this date that do not use the new format will be invalid.

The ABA has listened to the feedback from the training industry, regarding “shunts in chicanes” and also updated relevant wording, to bring inline with other ABA standards.

We would strongly encourage everyone to read the new test in detail to ensure they are aware of all of the changes.

Please download the standards here:

(Please note these standards have the questions removed, if you wish to have the full version, please contact your accrediting body)

Please contact us if you have any questions

New ABA Code of Practice

Details of banned and suspended training providers will be shared between members of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) in a bid to maintain training standards.

The ABA is taking greater measures to ensure that training providers who have been suspended or banned by an ABA member accrediting body do not try and join another member’s scheme.

The ABA’s Code of Practice has been updated and clarified to ensure stricter following of lift truck training standards and rules, effective from the 4th January 2021

ABA Chairman Adam Smith explains: “Historically, if one training provider was banned by an accrediting body, there was the possibility that they could jump to another accrediting body under a different name. These providers would have been banned for committing serious offences, and there is risk that they will do the same thing somewhere else if they are allowed to continue providing accredited training. 

“We are asking ABA member accrediting bodies AITT, ITSSAR, NPORS and RTITB to share information about a banned training provider, including name and company details, with the ABA as well as each other. That way, the training provider will be flagged up and prevented from gaining undue accreditation.

“The rules also apply to individual instructors. We are making sure that banned instructors can no longer move from one training organisation to another, as their actions could potentially damage that organisation’s reputation.

“The ABA was created to ensure consistent testing standards and truck categories within workplace transport training, so the right checks and balances need to be reinforced within each of our member accrediting bodies. The playing field has to be level for all, and since the vast majority of training providers comply with the rules and regulations, it isn’t fair if those who don’t are able to receive accreditation.

Under the ABA’s Code of Practice, a training provider cannot be banned for financial reasons, but could be reprimanded for offences such as malpractice or fraudulent activity. A ban lasts 5 years, during which time the provider cannot gain accreditation from another ABA member

Adam concluded: “Workplace transport operators should be confident in their training provider. By removing rogue training organisations and individuals, we can guarantee that companies who are accredited by an ABA member body are legitimate, reliable and committed to working to the highest standards.”

The new Code of Practice can be downloaded here:

Logistics UK appointed as ABA auditors

All members of the ABA (AITT, ITSSAR, NPORS and RTITB) have unanimously agreed for the Logistics UK (Formally know as Freight Transport Association)  to be appointed as auditors of the ABA as of January 1st 2021, for a period of at least 3 years.

Audits will be carried out on an annual basis and will consist of 45 critical checks that each member must comply with to maintain they are meeting the requirements of the ABA.

For more information please contact us at: info@abawt.co.uk

ABA Statement – COVID-19

27th March 2020:

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the ABA would like to advise training organisations and instructors to speak with their relevant accrediting body and visit the government website for the latest advice and guidance on conducting workplace transport training.

We would however like to draw your attention to a recent statement provided by the HSE:

HSE statement re driver training and certificates



A8 to be replaced by D3

A8 (Rider) Stand on Reach Truck, has been removed from the “A” groupings, and will be rebranded D3.

For this reason the new “A” testing standards will not include A8, and therefore please contact your relevant accredited body for the testing standards for the renamed D3 category.

The revision of the testing standards for B and D category, will be reviewed later in the year and we will look to incorporate this truck into these standards along with B4 when it is revised.

Please find the revised ABA category listing here:ABA Groupings V6

New Basic Operating Skills Test for Pedestrian and Rider Pallet Trucks

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) is very pleased to release the Basic Operating Skills Test for Pedestrian and Rider Pallet Trucks (A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7)


It is not mandatory to implement the new test immediately, however the new test will need to be in use by training organisations from 1st December 2019. Any tests held on or after this date that do not use the new format will be invalid.


The ABA worked with a range of stakeholders, and gained valuable from the ABA summit last year, which included training organisations, trade associations, unions, lift truck manufacturers and the HSE, to produce a test which more closely reflects the modern working environment and the needs of employers and industry at large.


We would strongly encourage everyone to read the new test in detail to ensure they are aware of all of the changes.


Please download the standards here: ABA BOST A Category V1.3 .0819 (no questions)


(Please note these standards have the questions removed, if you wish to have the full version, please contact your accrediting body.


Please contact us if you have any questions or feedback on the new test. At the next ABA summit in October will will be progressing with standardising the testing for ABA categories E, F, C, and J.

ABA Summit 2019

The ABA be will hosting its latest “testing standards” workshop for the following categories:

  • E (Order Pickers)
  • F (VNA’s)
  • C (Sideloaders)
  • J (Telehandlers)

This will be taking place on the 23rd October at the Ricoh arena, Coventry.

Each accrediting body will be inviting representatives from their accredited training providers, with a view to review a proposed set of testing standards for these categories of trucks.

It promises to be a very productive event and if you wish to attend, please contact your relevant awarding body for an invite.

ABA Feedback

The ABA have set up an email account of which is to be used for training providers, registered instructors, to pass any feedback directly to our auditors.

If you have a complaint about the ABA or any of its members, and wish to direct this to the FTA, please use the email account below:


If you wish to remain anonymous, please state this in your email.

Many thanks


ABA Testing Standards Update for A Groupings

The members of the ABA are finalising the new testing standards across all “A” category trucks, including ride on and pedestrian operated pallet trucks.

We can confirm that the standards will be issued to all ABA members for distribution in the next few weeks.

Once the standards are made available, training organisations will be advised to use these standards with immediate effect, however mandatory use will be required from 1st December 2019.

Once the testing standards are completed, a modified version will be available via the ABA website (no questions enclosed)

New ABA Chairman

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) has announced Adam Smith as Chairman, effective from 24th January 2019.

The chairman of the ABA is appointed on a rotational basis and at the most recent meeting, held on 23rd January 2019, the time came for a new Chairman to be declared. Adam who is currently the Managing Director at AITT, was unanimously voted as the new chairman, replacing Nick Welsh from RTITB who held the position for just over 2 years.

We would like to thank the fantastic job Nick did during his time, and all his hard work in establishing the testing standards for B1 and D1/2 categories. We hope all members join us in thanking him for his hard work and service to the ABA.

We would like to congratulate Adam on his new position and ask you to join us in wishing him luck in his new appointed role.

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