Approved Training Organisation

What is an ATO?

In short, an ATO (Approved Training Organisation) is an organisation which provides construction training courses and qualifications to a defined and industry agreed training standard set by the CITB. To become and ATO (Approved Training Organisation), organisations have to complete CITB’s approval process to become a recognised CITB centre.


To learn more about ATO’s click here to view the CITB website


Why to book training through an ATO:

CITB has determined which courses are eligible for grants, if you’re an employer in the construction industry you’ll want to be able to claim grants when your employees attend these courses. To be able to do this, your organisation must be registered with CITB and you need to book your training with an ATO. Otherwise, in future, you will not be able to claim for eligible courses delivered by companies who are not ATOs.


Approved Training Organisations are required to upload delegate achievements to the Construction Training Register within 10 days of successful completion of an eligible training course. This upload then triggers your grant payment.


To upload the achievements, Mindset Training requires the following delegate information…


  • Name Address
  • DOB
  • Email address
  • NI number
  • CITB Levy number


This can either be recorded at the time of booking or by completing the paperwork at the start of the course.

Unfortunately, ATO’s are not currently able to do this for all courses that are grant eligible. For example, Mindset Training can’t upload achievements for…


  • NEBOSH Construction
  • NVQs


In these instances, employers need to complete a claim themselves. On our website we’ve identified which  courses we will upload achievements for and which you will need to claim yourself.


In future, ATO’s will be able to upload achievements for all eligible courses and employers will no longer be able to claim grants retrospectively, this date isn’t set in stone yet, but you can be confident when using Mindset Training that you will get the most out of your CITB levy.


You can apply if:


  • You are a CITB-registered employer
  • You have up to 249 directly-employed staff on the payroll
  • Any previous project paid for by the Skills and Training Fund has been signed off as complete


How we support you:


  •  Our expert team will write your application for you
  • We will produce a matrix of your employees tqualifications to identify the training required
  • We will advise you on the most grant-efficient forms of training
  • We will manage the delivery of the training programmes required
  • We will provide you with all the documentation required by the CITB on completion of the training programme

Frequently Asked Questions

The Construction Training Register is an online database of construction workers that employers can access to check their achievements. This is where training providers upload achievements following course completion. This means you can see the training that your employees (or potential employees) have completed. If you’re already signed up to use CITB’s online services you can request access to the CTR if you’re not already signed up to online services you would need to do that first.

The Construction Training Directory (CTD) is where customers can search for training courses that are scheduled to be delivered by Approved Training Organisations; you can also find their venue and contact details. Only ATO’s have access to advertise their training dates on here.

No! All we ask is that you let us organise, and deliver your training.

No! CITB will alert us once they’ve dispatched the monies into your account, and we will then invoice you.

There isn’t one! Become one of Mindset’s ATO clients today! Get in touch today at 01373 464878 or