This series of short blogs is looking at the A to Z of courses we do. We are up to the middle of C’s and this blog covers Container Handler, the first of many types of Lift Trucks we provide training for.    A container handler is a specialised forklift designed to efficiently stack emptied containers and lift and handle heavy loaded containers. Their movement and operation is fine and precise, and they offer a range of functionalities and designs to ensure they are suited to different lifting jobs.

The law

As a very large lift truck, these machines fall under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) place certain requirements on employers. You must make sure that all people who use, supervise or manage the use of work equipment have received adequate training.  As with all Lift trucks, the Container Handler training is detailed in the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for fork truck operator training.

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Course ratio for Container Handler

The course durations, training and testing ratios are

Novice operators :  5 days  : for up to 3 candidates  : 1 instructor

Refresher and Tests :  1 day : for up to 3 candidates  : 1 instructor

Experienced Worker Tests : 1 day : for up to 4 candidates  : 1 instructor

For more information on the Lift Truck courses we can offer please follow THIS LINK.


What should training include?

Operator training should always include three stages:

  • Basic training: the basic skills and knowledge required to operate a lift truck safely and efficiently.
  • Specific job training: knowledge and understanding of the operating principles and controls of the lift truck to be used and how it will be used in their workplace.
  • Familiarisation training: applying what has been learnt, under normal working conditions, on the job.

Basic and specific job training, which can be combined, should take place off the job (ie away from production and other pressures). Familiarisation training needs to be done on the job, under close supervision.


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Upon successful completion of the course the candidates will received a Kentra Training ID card (credit card size) detailing the course completed.

In addition, we have the option to register the training with our Awarding Body NPORS.   If your candidates are working offsite or on other peoples premises a recognised Awarding Body membership maybe advantageous. Prior to training we would apply to NPORS to register the course and upon successful completion of the course we would apply for the candidates 5 year membership with the NPORS scheme.

Training location

At Kentra we have always provided on-site training, coming to you and delivering the training in your own space using the equipment you are used to using.

All we require are a room for the theory session and a safe area for the practical assessment using the Container Handler.

Bulk for stacking – 20’ & 40’ containers to a minimum of 4 stacks high

Please let us know if any attachments are required to be covered by the training.

Lift truck LOLER certification required and all equipment to be in good working order.

None mandatory elements  

A Banksman. It can be certified that you have controlled the machine under the control of a Banksman.

An external vehicle i.e. lorry, trailer etc with 20’ & 40’ containers to be loaded and unloaded, if appropriate.

How we can help

Speaking of help, at Kentra we like to assist our clients with helping to arrange your training needs.  We have customers from all walks of life, self employed lone workers to multi national blue chip companies and its a pleasure to talk to you all.   If you would like more information about the courses we offer, click HERE for a link to our brochure or please  get in touch and let us help you though.

The Kentra Training Team

01606 832 556.

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Established Feb 1997 – Proud to be celebrating 25 years delivering quality Lift Truck Training.

We have also written a couple of blogs about general lift truck courses Lets talk Forklift Truck Training and What we do – Part 1 Lift Truck Training  both these blogs contain more information about the training available with us.