RTITB Instructor Dates NOW Available

We are delighted to confirm availability for three upcoming RTITB Instructor Courses. See available dates below;

26th June until 6th July 2018

3rd September until 13th September 2018

29th October until 9th November 2018

For more information, please contact the office via email or telephone.

You can also book online HERE

Online Training vs Real-Life Training – Which is best for you?

Guest blog written by Sam Saunders of the DM ME Blog (www.dmme.co.uk/blog)

Over the last 20 years, the idea of internet-based learning and training has skyrocketed year on year. For example, the segment of University Students worldwide who are enrolled on distance learning courses is now 25% of all total students. Many people are seeing this as an option because you are still presented with the key facts, all electronic materials needed, and often the option for remote support if you need to revisit a certain topic, but without the expense and time of having to physically travel to the training location and stay there for several hours or days. This article is to investigate which type of training would be best for you, should you want to receive a qualification in a work-related discipline.

What you’re learning

The most essential element to consider when deciding whether to take your training online or not is to think about what your training will consist of. If it is something that does not contain any practical element, such as health and safety at work, use of DSE or basic fire safety, online courses are the way to go. This is because if you were to undertake these courses at a venue, your instructor would simply give you the same materials and information that you would be getting from the online course.

On the flip side, a course with a heavy practical side, such as an IPAF (Safe use of MEWPs) course, or a first aid course, which requires a practical on a dummy, then you are much better off going to a venue. This is because the instructor can give you advice on things like technique and they can directly answer questions. You are also given the correct equipment to use whilst on the course. Saying this however, undertaking an online training course before attending a face-to-face one is a promising idea, as it would put you in a great position by giving you a base knowledge of the topic, putting you on the front foot on the day.

E-Learning Online CoursesOnline Training v Face 2 Face


Another important thing to consider is your budget. How much that you are willing to spend on your training. This is obviously an important thing to consider, especially from a business perspective. An example of the, often wide, gulf between the costs of online and offline training is shown below.

If buying under ten licences, an Asbestos Awareness course is £35.00 per licence (supplied by HL Training) and this price falls with the more that you buy. In contrast, a Face-To-Face UKATA Asbestos Awareness course is usually around £85-100, this course is also supplied by HL Training.

Another expense to consider is the travel and absence of staff. Generally, if your staff are on a training day, they aren’t going to be working, but you will most likely have to pay them for their time and travel.


How a when you would like to carry out, or have your staff carry out, the training is a very important factor. Online training offers you a much higher level of flexibility as to when and where you can carry out the training. Many large employers make new staff carry out multiple online based courses during their induction, as part of their mandatory training. This is because they do not have to pay an internal trainer to do it for them, but they are still given the facts in a clear and understandable way, with interactive ‘Test Your Knowledge’ scores at the end.


To conclude, there is no definitive answer as to whether or not you should use choose one type of training over the other, but this article does offer you what you should consider when deciding which one to go for.

To book Online Courses, please Click Here or click the E-Learning tab above to navigate through our courses.

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We will be holding a 360 excavator training course starting at our Clevedon, Bristol location on either 19th March 2018 or 9th April 2018 the course duration is 3 days for an experienced operator (Wednesday to Friday) and 5 days for a novice.

There is also one place left on our 1 day 360 excavator refresher training course being held on Saturday 14th April 2018 again at our Clevedon, Bristol location.

The cost of these courses are as follows:

5 Day novice course £1050.00 including VAT
3 Day experienced operator course is £630.00 including VAT
1 Day refresher course £210.00 including VAT

There is also a £15.00 including VAT TOPS registration fee for all candidates
All prices fixed for 2 weeks, price increase imminent.

If you are interested in any of these mobile plant training courses or if you require and additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

360 Excavator Training

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: If a course is cancelled within 10 days of the course date 100% of the course fees are payable. If a course is cancelled 11- 14 days of the course date 75% of the course fees are payable. The person booking the course is agreeing to the terms and conditions and is doing so on behalf of the above company. Dates of courses or training venue may be changed without notice.

Christmas & New Year Opening Hours

Here are HL Training, we strive to offer the best service all year round. That is why its important to maintain contact throughout the festive period. We are not always in the office, but we are always available via email or telephone.

Please see below which outlines the best way to contact us over the Festive Period. The only dates we are not monitoring emails or calls are shown below;

Monday 18th December 2017 – Friday 22nd  December 2017Office open as normal

Monday 25th December & Tuesday 26th December 2017Office Closed – Email shane@hltraining.co.uk and we will get back to you on our return.

Wednesday 27th December – Friday 29th December 2017Office Closed – Please call 0117 952 5625 or email shane@hltraining.co.uk

Monday 1st January 2018Office Closed – Email shane@hltraining.co.uk and we will get back to you on our return.

Tuesday 2nd January 2018 onwards – Office open as usual

Everybody @ HL Training Services would like to wish all our customers (Existing, New and Prospective) and very Happy Christmas and New Year!

CPCS A40 Slinger Signaller Amendments – effective 19/01/2015

We have had an enquiry recently regarding CPCS Slinger Signaller training from a service leaver based in Scotland. Patrick was looking to be trained to CPCS standard for slinger signaller, and although its not something we can offer, both through ELCAS and because we cannot deliver CITB accredited training, I took it upon myself to try and help Patrick.

Although we couldn’t help Patrick, we are an ITSSAR Accreddited Training Centre, and can offer Slinger Signaller courses accredited by ITSSAR at either our site in Barton Hill – or at your site nationwide.

Here is what I found;

Firstly, with effect from 19th January 2015, the category that was simply Slinger Signaller was split into a range of different types. This was put into place to cover the increased use of slingers on a wider variety of lifting operations.

It is a legal requirement under The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) 1998 that every lifting operation is carried out in a safe manner, which includes use of a responsible person to guide the crane using suitable means of communication, and to securely attach the load to the crane.

What is a Slinger Signaller course for?

This course is designed to give you the knowledge required to direct the crane using recognised signalling systems, and to ensure that loads are ‘as safe in the air as they are on the ground’.

What are the added endorsements?

This category is being amended to add endorsements against a range of lifting equipment types to cover the increased use of slingers for a wider variety of lifting operations. The range includes:

  • A40A– All Types – all duties
  • A40B– All Types – Static duties
  • A40C– Knuckle boom static only
  • A40D– Excavator only
  • A40E– Lift truck only

Learning outcomes have subsequently increased for this course, including;

  • Key requirements for marshalling of plant
  • Controlling loads during pick-and-carry duties
  • Knowledge of when additional skills for particular lifting operations are required.

What (if any) are the pre-requisite for taking this course?

Before taking the course you must have passed a CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test no more than two years before attending this course.

How is this course run?

The course is delivered through a combination of classroom-based lessons and practical exercises. You will be assessed through theory and practical tests


Successful Completion:

Successful candidates will be awarded a CPCS Trained Operator card for Slinger Signaller.


Average cost for this course;

You can book this course directly with CITB, at one of their sites (Derbyshire or Norfolk) for £1225. It is not entirely clear, but we assume this includes VAT.

Christmas 2016 Office Opening Times*

Wednesday 21st December 2016 – Open as normal
Thursday 22nd December 2016 – Open as normal
Friday 23rd December 2016 – Office Closed*
Weekends Closed
Monday 26th December 2016 – Office Closed – Please email angela@hltraining.co.uk
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Thursday 29th December 2016 – Office Closed*
Friday 30th December 2016 – Office Closed*
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