RTITB Testing – The Rules Are Changing!

September 2017

Alliance Learning have carried out RTITB Accredited training and testing for Operators in the past, so we wanted to let you know that RTITB have changed the rules for testing from 1st September 2017.

We hope this will help you to understand the significance of these changes by referring to the table below, where we’ve attempted to summarise these changes for you:

 

OLD

NEW

 CHANGE

   Pre-Use Check

1. Completion of Pre-Use Check Sheet for the machine type forms PART 1 of the test sequence.

Operators work from a supplied check sheet listing all the major parts and controls.

Operators work from a supplied check sheet listing all the major parts and controls.

Some of the items listed have been defined as “Mandatory” checks. Failure to complete any of these will result in an automatic referral and this part of the test sequence will need to be retaken.

   Theory Test

2. Completion of a written theory test comprising 25 questions in total with a pass mark of minimum 80% forms PART 2 of the test sequence.

The theory test is made up of 5 “Open” questions, requiring a written explanation from the Operator, and 20 questions of the multiple-choice variety. A choice of 3 answers is available to choose. Failure to attain an overall minimum 80% will result in an automatic referral and this part of the test sequence will need to be retaken.

The theory test is made up of 5 “Open” questions, requiring a written explanation from the Operator, and 20 questions of the multiple-choice variety. A choice of 4 answers is available to choose. Failure to attain an overall minimum 80% will result in an automatic referral and this part of the test sequence will need to be retaken.

 5 of the multiple-choice questions have been defined as “Mandatory” and these will appear on all the test papers.  Failure to attempt, or to answer correctly, any of the “Mandatory” multiple-choice questions will result in an automatic referral, regardless of the overall score attained, and this part of the test sequence will need to be retaken.

   Practical Test

3. Completion of a driving Operator skills test comprising stacking and de-stacking exercises at low, eye and high level with a pass mark of 40 penalty points or less forms PART 3 of the test sequence.

The practical test is made up of exercises that form a “driving circuit” with a maximum time limit.  Where Operators make errors, those errors have differing award values of 1, 3 or 5 penalty points. All penalties are totalled at the end of the skills test, together with any time penalties awarded, and 40 penalty points or less will be deemed a Pass. 41 penalty points or more will result in a Fail and the whole Test Sequence will need to be retaken. There are 5 “Mandatory” Disqualification categories.  If an Operator commits any one of these, at any point in the test, they will be automatically failed.

The practical test is made up of exercises that form a “driving circuit” with a maximum time limit.  Where Operators make errors, those errors have differing award values of 1, 3 or 5 penalty points. All penalties are totalled at the end of the skills test, together with any time penalties awarded, and 40 penalty points or less will be deemed a Pass. 41 penalty points or more will result in a Fail and the whole Test Sequence will need to be retaken. There are 5 “Mandatory” Disqualification categories.  If an Operator commits any one of these, at any point in the test, they will be automatically failed.

The number of penalty award values of 5 have been increased and less are now defined as only 1. If any 3 occurrences of one 5-point penalty is committed at any point in the test, an Operator will be automatically failed because this has been added as a 6th “Mandatory” Disqualification category, regardless of the overall score attained, so the whole Test Sequence will need to be retaken.


There are concerns that some Operators, despite having many years’ experience, will struggle to be successful under the new criteria, simply because of the number of bad habits that they may have developed over time.  It is for this reason that we wanted to bring this to your attention now, so we can offer any Operators the opportunity to complete a Refresher to try to work on some of the common bad habits, e.g. handbrake/neutral, observations etc, which are all 5 penalty award values.

If you wish to enquire about any of our courses, call our Sales Team on 01204 677811 or email info@alliancelearning.com