An ATP may be an organisation or individual providing training on a commercial basis or a company conducting internal training on a non-commercial basis.
The main conditions of accreditation are that ATP’s use qualified and experienced instructors only, that they follow course syllabi approved by NPORS and that they be subject to regular monitoring by NPORS. The training must also be carried out in suitable premises, which may be a dedicated training centre or an area set aside for the purpose at an employer’s premises. Whilst employers may operate their own in-house training schemes, they may find it useful to have them delivered by an NPORS Accredited Training Provider.
Prior to accreditation by NPORS, ATP’s must have met the pre-application requirements, and have completed an audit process to ensure they have the facilities and resources in place to process operator applications.
An ATP who has a dedicated training centre will have also completed a technical audit and assessment to ensure the centre is a safe environment for trainees and that all facilities are in place to conduct training and assessments.
An ATP can hold different statuses depending upon the nature of business, there are three types of Accredited Training Providers:
Commercial Training Provider
Accredited Training Providers who provide products and/or services for a commercial profit.
Non-Commercial Training Provider
Accredited Training Providers who provide products and/or services to a organisation they are employed by or contracted to.
Corporate Training Provider
Accredited Training Provider (ATP) who provide products and/or services for a commercial profit, employing or contracting more than 3 instructors. A Corporate ATP will benefit with a reduction in annual registration fees.