Important Changes to Equipment Categories

Important Changes to Equipment Categories

The Accrediting Bodies Association has announced that there will be changes to the equipment categories which will come into effect on the 1st April 2016.


Please see below for the press release from the ABA which talks about the changes;


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“ABA’s new workplace transport equipment list tackles operator qualification confusion.

A new standardised list of workplace transport equipment categories has been released to aid employers and recruiters in identifying operator qualifications, regardless of issuing body.  This list has been developed following extensive consultation and discussion between the members of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) as a means to support the workplace transport industry as a whole.

“For a long time now the industry has struggled with a lack of uniformity when it comes to naming and categorising equipment, leading to different conventions and terms being used by different accrediting bodies – which in turn has always made it difficult for employers or recruiters to identify exactly what equipment operators are qualified to use,” says Huw Jones, ABA Chairman. “It is essential that employers or recruiters are able to make an initial judgment on an operator’s relevant experience and qualifications with the equipment they are being hired to operate.”

The new grouping codes agreed by the members of the ABA will see a universal system of naming applied across the board, signalling an end to confusing cross body naming systems and making it easy to identify precisely what equipment the operator is qualified to operate.

The new equipment grouping codes will come into use on April 1st 2016. Any certificates or ID cards issued on or after this date will carry the new codes. The full list of equipment names and codes can be found at the ABA website (

“The standardised list of workplace transport equipment categories that has been developed is just one way that ABA is actively working to make positive changes within the industry and helping to improve ensure quality, improve safety and drive efficiency for employers, trainers, recruiters and operators,” says Huw.

The ABA was created by AITT, ITSSAR, NPORS and RTITB in 2012 to improve standards and bring clarity to workplace transport training accreditation. The aim of the association is to contribute to a reduction in workplace transport incidents and help employers improve productivity and profitability through training.

Membership of ABA is open to all workplace transport training accrediting bodies. The ABA works for the benefit of the industry, providing clarity, simplicity and transparency in the accreditation arena so all those wishing to join are required to follow a clear code of practice aimed at maintaining high training standards.”

These changes are to be followed by all, which will help to erase any confusion between equipment groupings and will ensure that all training is in line with the ABA guidelines.



Please see below for the full list of updated groupings.


Updated Equipment Categories

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   A   –   Powered Pallet Trucks

A1 Pedestrian Electric Pallet, Stillage, Low Lift Platform & Low Lift Order-Picking Trucks
A2 Rider Electric Pallet, Stillage, Low Lift Platform & Low Lift Order-Picking Trucks
A3 Pedestrian Electric Counterbalance Lift Trucks
A4 Rider Electric Rider Pallet Stackers
A5 Pedestrian Electric Pallet Stackers
A6 Pedestrian Electric Straddle Trucks
A7 Pedestrian Electric Reach trucks
A8 Rider


Electric Stand on Reach trucks


B   –   Counterbalance

B1 Rider Electric & I.C.E. Lift truck up to and including 5 tonne
B2 Rider Electric & I.C.E. Lift truck over 5 tonne – up to and including 15 tonne
B3 Rider Electric & I.C.E. Lift truck over 15 tonne
B4 Rider Electric & I.C.E. Stand-on Counterbalance


  C   –   Sideloader

C1 Rider Electric & I.C.E. Up to and including 5 tonne
C2 Rider Electric & I.C.E. Over 5 tonne – up to and including 15 tonne
C3 Rider Electric & I.C.E. Over 15 tonne


 D   –   Reach

D1 Rider Electric Reach & Straddle trucks 3-8m
D2 Rider Electric Reach & Straddle trucks 8m lift


E   –   Order Pickers

E1 Rider Electric Medium lift up to and including 2.5 meters
E2 Rider Electric High lift over 2.5 meters

F   –   Very Narrow Aisle

F1 Rider Electric Operator Up
F2 Rider Electric Operator Down

G   –  Container Handlers

G1 Rider I.C.E. Straddle Carriers
G2 Rider I.C.E. Counterbalanced
G3 Rider I.C.E. Sideloader
G4 Rider I.C.E. Telescopic
G5 Rider I.C.E. Rough Terrain Telescopic


H   –   Tow Tractors & Trailers

H1 Rider Electric & I.C.E.  
H2 Pedestrian Electric & I.C.E. Including flip-up platform
H3 Rider I.C.E. Over 30,000kg


J   –   Rough Terrain

J1 Rider I.C.E. Masted Lift Truck
J2 Rider I.C.E. Variable reach/telescopic up to 9m lift 2 or 4 wheel steer/articulated
J3 Rider I.C.E.
J6 Rider I.C.E Variable Reach/Telescopic, Rotating Turret under 9m lift 2 or 4 Wheel steer
J7 Rider I.C.E. Variable Reach/Telescopic, Rotating Turret over 9m lift 6 2 or 4 Wheel Steer
J8 Rider I.C.E. Articulated


J   –   Industrial

J4 Rider I.C.E. Variable Reach Lift Truck – up to 9m lift 2 or 4 Wheel Steer
J5 Rider I.C.E. High Lift Telescopic Truck – above 9m lift 2 or 4 Wheel Steer


M   –   Multi-directional

M1 Rider Electric & I.C.E. Multi-Directional Lift Trucks
M2 Rider Electric & I.C.E. Multi-Directional Side Loader


P   –   Pivot Steer

P1 Rider Electric & I.C.E.  
P2 Pedestrian Electric  


T   –   Transportable (Truck Mounted)

T Rider I.C.E.  


Z   –   Pallet Trucks

Z1 Pedestrian Manual &


Pallet trucks
Z2 Pedestrian Manual &


Platform Truck (including fixed type)
Z3 Pedestrian Manual &


Pallet Stacker
Z4 Pedestrian Manual &


Straddle Truck

MEWP Group

1A Rider Electric & I.C.E. Static Vertical
1B Rider & Pedestrian Electric & I.C.E. Static Boom
3A Rider Electric & I.C.E. Mobile Vertical
3B Rider Electric & I.C.E.  Mobile Boom