This course is designed for those without previous experience who wish to learn how to operate a forklift truck.


This operator training course is designed for potential operator’s who have no previous experience of operating industrial counterbalanced or reach lift trucks rider-operated. 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 and be able to satisfy the requirements set out in the guidelines prepared by the EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL ADVISORY SERVICE and in HSG6 “SAFETY IN WORKING WITH LIFT TRUCKS” produced by HSE.

Those selected should also possess the necessary level of mental fitness and learning ability required.

Training Course Aim:

To provide effective basic operator training for those operator’s 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 AT WORK ACT 1974; the PROVISION and USE of WORK EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS 1998 (PUWER); the LIFTING OPERATIONS and LIFTING EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS 1998 (LOLER), as applicable and other relevant regulations and codes of practice.

On successful completion of this basic novice 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 manufacturer’s operator procedures manual.

Location: On-Customer Premises

Certification: Those course members who achieve a pass in both the practical and the theoretical associated knowledge elements of the examination will be awarded with the lift truck operator’s “Basic Operating Skills Test” Certificate


  • 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
  • Road vehicle loading/unloading procedures
  • Lift truck pre-use checks
  • Refuelling procedures

“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.

Pre and Post Course Administration:

Training Course Opening

  • Welcome/Introductions.
  • Statement of training objective.
  • Outline of training course programme.

Training Course Closure

  • Completion of training course critique.
  • Complete course members individual ‘Record of Training’
  • Announcement of results testing.
  • Outline of certification procedures
  • Obtaining course member’s views on training course