Forklift Truck Operator – Experienced Training

Training Course Aim: To provide effective basic operator training for those operators who will be required to operate industrial counterbalanced or reach lift trucks, rider-operated as part of their normal work duties.

This operator training course is designed to meet the requirements placed upon employers with regard to their duties under the Health and Safety act 1974 and meets the requirement to satisfy the Health & Safety Executives “Approved Code of Practice L117” for Forklift Trucks.

Training Course Objective: On successful completion of this basic existing operator-training course, the course members will be able to:

 Operate the truck model used during the training course, safely and correctly in accordance with the manufacturer’s operator procedures manual and in accepted good operating practices.

 Show their understanding, by clearly stating the causes of instability of trucks and loads.

 Carry out correctly the routine pre-use inspection of the lift truck in accordance with the manufacturers operator procedures manual.


Novice Operator Training Course Durations:

Number of Trainees Course Duration E – Learning Included Fully Accredited
3 3 Days No YES
2 2 Days No YES
1 2 days No YES


E-Learning is a blended course. This allows the trainee to study the theory part at home or work and will reduce the amount of time needed with the instructor.

E- Learning blended Novice Operator Training Course Durations:

Course Duration Number of Trainees E – Learning Included Fully Accredited
3 2 days YES YES
2 1 days YES YES
1 1 days YES YES


Who is it for / requirements?

This operator training course is designed for the operator with previous operating experience with industrial counterbalanced or reach lift trucks rider-operated who, has never received formal training and undergone a test of  ‘basic operating skills’, or for the operator converting from one truck type to another. They should be over the minimum school-leaving age (except in docks where they must be at least 18 years of age), they should have a reasonable degree of physical fitness.

Course Programme

Practical Training

  • Introduction to the lift truck to be used for training, controls and instruments
  • Correct procedures for mounting/dismounting
  • Start, moving, stopping and steering the lift truck
  • Operation of the hydraulic controls
  • Weight assessment and lift truck stability
  • Handling unladen pallets and laden loads
  • Stacking/de-stacking procedures
  • Driving on/off ramps and inclines
  • Working in Racking
  • Road vehicle loading/unloading procedures
  • Lift truck pre-use checks
  • Refuelling procedures


Theoretical Training

  • Health and Safety Regulations
  • Why we need to train
  • Approved Code Of practice
  • Operator’s Safety Code with appropriate Safety film
  • Lift truck stability


Basic Operating Skills Test

  • Practical test of basic operating skills
  • Practical test of ability to carry out a lift truck pre-use check
  • Associated knowledge.

Those course members who achieve a pass in all three elements, Pre-use inspection, the practical test and the theoretical associated knowledge test of the examination will be awarded with the lift truck operator’s “Basic Operating Skills Test” Certificate. ID cards are optional.


Gatwick Training Centre / On customers Premises

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