Forklift Truck Training

Whether you need a novice course, refresher training, or an experienced worker assessment, our forklift truck training courses give you the skills you need to carry out your role. Available for a wide variety of machine types (including counterbalanced lift trucks, reach lift trucks, manual pallet trucks and more), we can provide the training and testing needed to get you and your staff up to speed.

Why Forklift Truck Training?

Forklift drivers who operate machinery without training are an immediate danger to themselves and everyone in the workplace. Safety training is crucial to minimise accidents and fatalities on the job at the same time as reducing financial losses from damaged goods. The HSE advise that as an employer you are required to provide basic training and testing for all Lift Truck operators you employ. 

This training requirement also applies if you are self-employed. You must ensure that you have received the same level of instruction that employees have received from their employer in accordance with L117.

Lift Truck Types

Forklift (or lift) trucks are essential tools in many workplaces, allowing materials and goods to be moved easily and quickly. Our courses provide training in the operation of a wide variety of lift trucks, including:

Counterbalance Forklift Truck

Counterbalance Forklift Truck

Counterbalance forklifts are the most commonly seen featuring the dual forks at the front of the machine. Listed in the ABA workplace transport B grouping including: 

B1 – up to and including 5 tonne B2 – 5 to 15 tonnes 

B3 – over 15 tonnes 

B4 – stand on counterbalance A3 – pedestrian counterbalance

Reach Truck

Reach Truck

Ideal for use in warehouses, reach lift trucks can reach significant heights and navigate well in small spaces. Listed in the ABA workplace transport D grouping including: 

D1 – 3m to 8m lift 

D2 – over 8m lift 

A7 – pedestrian reach truck 

A8 – stand-on reach truck

Pallet Truck

Pallet Truck

Pallet trucks are designed for use with wooden pallets, and enable workers to manually transport them over short distances. They can be extremely cost-effective and are available in a wide variety of sizes. 

Listed in the ABA workplace transport A grouping including: 

A4 – rider pallet stacker truck A5 – pedestrian pallet stacker A6 – pedestrian straddle truck

Order Picker

Order Picker

Used for picking and delivering materials for filling out orders usually in warehouses. Listed in the ABA workplace transport A and E groupings: 

A1 – pedestrian low lift 

A2 – rider low lift 

E1 – rider medium lift up to 2.5m E2 – rider high lift over 2.5m

Side Loader

Side Loader

Side loader trucks have two hydraulic lifting arms which can be used to lift long loads. Side loaders travel forwards with the load secured at the side making travel through doorways and aisles simple. Listed in the ABA workplace transport C grouping including: 

C1 – up to 5 tonne 

C2 – 5 to 15 tonnes 

C3 – over 15 tonnes

Narrow Aisle Lift Truck

Narrow Aisle Lift Truck

As the name suggests, these lift trucks are used in tight spaces. Also called VNA warehouse trucks. Listed in the ABA workplace transport F grouping: 

F1 – Operator up 

F2 – Operator down

Container Handler

Container Handler

Container handlers are large, heavy-duty forklift trucks designed for efficient handling of loaded and empty containers onto or from lorries and trucks. 

Listed in the ABA workplace transport G grouping for container handling trucks including: 

G2 – counterbalance 

G3 – sideloader 

G4 – telescopic 

G5 – rough terrain telescopic

Pivot Steer Lift Truck

Pivot Steer Lift Truck

Combining the roles of a counterbalance with those of a narrow aisle reach truck they use an articulated mast system that can be steered through 180 degrees to access racking systems before onward transfer. Listed in the ABA workplace transport P grouping: 

P1 – rider pivot steer 

P2 – pedestrian pivot steer

Multidirectional Truck

Multidirectional Truck

Useful for navigation in small spaces, multidirectional forklifts can travel in multiple directions once loaded without having to rotate. Listed in the ABA workplace transport M grouping including: M1 – multidirectional lift truck M2 – multidirectional side loader; Telescopic Handler. All called a telehandler this is a very versatile lifting machine featuring a telescopic arm that can lift loads at an extended reach. Listed in the ABA workplace transport J grouping: 

J2 – rough terrain, reach up to 9m; J3 – rough terrain, high lift above 9m; J4 – industrial, reach up to 9m; J5 – industrial high lift above 9m; J6 – 360 slews, reach under 9m; J7 – 360 slews, reach over 9m; J8 – articulated rough terrain.

As well as these, our training courses can also cover lorry mounted trucks, order pickers, stacker trucks, pivot steer trucks, rough terrain trucks, telescopic handlers and very narrow aisle trucks.

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Lift Truck Course Outline

Our courses are designed to provide the practical skills and the operating safety knowledge necessary for operators to correctly prepare, safely operate and maintain lift trucks. 

Training can either be registered by our awarding body, NPORS, or accredited by Kentra Training. On successful completion of the course, candidates will receive either: 

A Kentra Training course validation and a plastic ID card 

NPORS membership registration and a plastic ID card

Rough Terrain Lift Truck

Rough Terrain Lift Truck

Also known as all-terrain for lifts they are designed to work on construction sites. With a more powerful engine, they offer greater stability and more durability on the soft or muddy ground. 

Listed with telehandlers in the ABA workplace transport J grouping: 

J1 – rough terrain masted lift truck

Lorry Mounted Lift Trucks

Lorry Mounted Lift Trucks

Also called a Moffat Mounty they are carried on the back of a vehicle during transportation and are ready to use anywhere to unload upon arrival. 

Listed in the ABA workplace 

transport T grouping: 

T1 – vehicle-mounted lift truck

Forklift Truck Course Duration

We offer three different course types depending on experience:

Novice

Novice

This course is for candidates with none or limited experience, or for those who require comprehensive tuition. It includes an instructor presentation and full operator training and a practical assessment and test. 

1-3 Candidates 

1 Machine 

1 Instructor 

3-5 Days

Refresher And Test

Refresher And Test

Ideal for those who require refresher training and remedial tuition. This should be undertaken when a certificate is to be renewed or previous training to be updated. Evidence of previous training must be provided to accompany the test paperwork. Training includes a presentation and a practical operator test. 

1-3 Candidates 

1 Machine 

1 Instructor 

1 Day

Experience Worker Test (EWT)

Experience Worker Test (EWT)

Undertaken when the operator has demonstrable experience and their employer feels that they do not require remedial tuition, this is a test only session. 

1- 4 Candidates 

1 Machine 

1 Instructor 

1 Day

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