Operating a forklift truck is a specialised skill. Many accidents are caused by untrained drivers operating trucks without formal training by a qualified instructor. Also most insurance companies insist that forklift drivers should be formally trained and certified.

This course is suitable for new drivers or drivers with little experience and no certification.

Training delivered onsite at your company's premises

  • 4 day course
  • Maximum 3 participants per course
  • Certification valid for 3 years

Who should do this course?

  • New drivers or drivers with little experience and no certification


  • A 3 year certificate is awarded to participants who achieve the required standard in the theoretical and practical tests.

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Course Objectives

On completion of the Beginners Fork Lift Driver Training course participants will be able to:

  • Operate a fork lift truck safely, reducing the risk of injury to operators and pedestrians
  • Use safe operating habits
  • Explain the consequences of taking certain risks while operating a forklift truck
  • Load and unload safely
  • Refuel/recharge fork lift trucks safely
  • Handle awkward loads

Course Content

Theoretical Training

  • Operators safety code
  • Daily inspections of vehicle
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Operating practices
  • Video on safe fork lift operation
  • Feedback

Practical Training

  • Introduction to the forklift truck
  • Controls and instruments
  • Daily inspection and maintenance
  • Starting, stopping and steering
  • Simple corners and manoeuvring
  • Handling pallets
  • Manoeuvring in confined space
  • Skills test