Forklift Training Courses for all abilities and types

The different types of forklift courses we provide are:

Powered Pallet Trucks

A Powered pallet truck or electric pallet mover is a piece of equipment that is used to move pallets at ground level, as well as loading and offloading pallets from various vehicles. A common place you’ll see people working with powered pallet trucks would be in a warehouse environment.

Counterbalance Forklift Truck

A Counterbalance forklift truck is a straightforward forklift that allows you to manoeuvre up to the exact position of the load you are trying to move. This is because of the forks that extend from the front of the forklift. One advantage of a counterbalance forklift is that they can be used both indoors and outdoors.

It is important not to overload a counterbalance forklift because if the load is heavier than the weight at the back then the forklift can tip over.

Reach Forklift Truck

A Reach forklift truck is an extremely agile forklift, which works well in tight spaces, they are usually found in warehouses. A major benefit of a reach forklift, is obviously the heights they can reach too. The main use of a reach truck is to load and offload products at big heights. However, unlike a counterbalance truck, a reach truck works best indoors. We can also offer a conversion course to counterbalance forklifts.

Bendi Forklift Trucks

The difference between a bendi forklift and a regular forklift is its design, having a “bend” in the middle between the forks and the body of the vehicle. A Bendi forklift truck, which can also be called a pivot steer forklift, comes with a lot of advantages compared to other types of forklifts, such as: being easy to operate and manoeuvre, good in tight spaces (similar to the reach forklift) and generally being a more comfortable ride than a lot of other forklifts.

Moffett Truck

A Moffett truck is a truck-mounted forklift. It can perform a number of tasks that regular forklifts can, such as carrying loads, but it is light enough that it can be transported on the back of a truck. A major advantage of using a Moffett truck is that it can save money and time as you won’t need to pay to deliver a forklift, as well as the products.

How Long do Forklift Training Courses Take to Complete?

The completing times for all our courses vary depending on which course you decide to take. Our courses range from novice and experienced operators to refresher training courses. Each of these types of courses have different lengths in which they can be completed:

Novice courses: 5 days

Experienced operators’ courses: 3 days

Refresher & test: 1 day.

Upon successful completion of our courses, you will receive your operating card and certificate, as well as the knowledge needed to perform the safe operation of a forklift truck.

What is TOPS?

The Trained Operator Passport Scheme or TOPS for short, was introduced by ITSSAR. This is a system which was created to provide a database showing all accredited operator training completed. The TOPS system can benefit you as it shows a clear record of all the training that you have completed. Additionally, it can help reduce accidents as it will show if training has been completed to a satisfactory standard.

Book your forklift training course today

We have training facilities in Portsmouth, Southampton, Reading and Worthing so click on a course below or get in touch to book your forklift training course today.

What is a forklift licence?

There is no such thing as a licence to operate a forklift. Many people refer to their certificate of basic training as a “licence” but this is not the case. The certificate is issued upon successful completion of a training course.

If I don’t drive a car, can I operate a forklift truck?

Yes, you don’t need to hold a driving licence to operate a forklift truck. The only time this would become applicable would be when the forklift would be traveling on the public highway.

Does everyone need to be trained on a forklift truck?

Your employer has a general duty under section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety of their employees. Under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 employers are required to ‘ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, any risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken’. The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 also place duties on employers to provide training. By not providing you with any training at all, your employer could be breaking the law. Rider-operated lift trucks includes the requirements for basic lift-truck training.

What age do I need to be to operate a forklift?

The minimum age is school leaver’s age, which is now 18 years of age.

I have never used a forklift before, what is the best course for me?

You would be required to do a 5 day novice course. The amount of day could be reduced to 3 days if the training is 1:1. For course costs and available dates follow the course link.

I have lots of experience but have lost my certificate, what length of course do I require?

You would be required to do a 3 day experienced operators course. Although you have lots of experience you would need to produce a certificate of previous training to be able to do a 1 day refresher course. For course costs and available dates follow the course link.

My certificate has just run out what course do I do?

You would be required to do a 1 day refresher course. For course costs and available dates follow the course link.

Can I come to your site for forklift training?

Yes we have purposely designed training centres in Portsmouth, Southampton (Romsey) and two centers in Reading (Aldermaston).

Can I book my course online?

Yes you can choose your course, dates and locations on our forklift training page.

What’s involved in the practical test?

Testing is broken down into 3 parts.

  1. Pre shift check test
  2. Theory test consisting of 20 multiple choice question and 5 short explanation questions.
  3. Practical operational test. Driving though a chicane and 3 lifts a differing heights.

I have a learning difficulty or I don’t speak my English will I struggle on the course?

Our instructors are trained to give assistance to students that require a bit of extra tuition. They can read the theory test questions to the students if required and assist in any way to make the learning process as easy as possible.

What accreditation will I get?

2 Start Training Ltd is accredited to ITSSAR (Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register). They are one of the most recognised accreditations for forklift training.

Driving forklift trucks requires specialised training and instruction from fully qualified trainers. This can help reduce the likelihood of accidents and improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians. Professional forklift driver training can also reduce truck downtime, racking and product damage. To drive any forklift truck correctly it requires training in a classroom and in a hands-on environment, thus ensuring things run as smoothly as possible once the candidates have passed successfully.


2 Start Training can offer you the choice of 4 forklift training centres, 2 centres in Reading, 1 in Portsmouth and 1 in Southampton covering the Hampshire and Berkshire areas. We can now offer Forklift Training in Worthing too

In addition to our training centres, we offer our customers the opportunity to have their staff trained on their own premises using their own machines. This can give the students the advantage of being trained on the machine that they are going to be operating on a daily bases.


2 Start’s Forklift Truck Training Instructors are qualified to teach and examine on a staggering 22 industrial groups; encompassing all manner of machines from pedestrian pallet trucks, all the way through to telescopic masted rough terrain trucks.

Forklift training courses are all conducted under our accrediting body; ITSSAR (the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register). Being a part of ITSSAR ensures only the highest quality of training and testing; and helps us to ensure that you have everything you need before you go to work.

Courses vary in length depending on experience of the student and culminate in the completion of a practical test on the last day – all of which you’ll practice thoroughly for during the course. On successful completion of the course, you’ll be issued with a certificate and Photo ID card (showing the categories of entitlement) lasting a duration of up to five years.

The course covers all aspects of regular machine operation, and will enable you to fully understand the requirements of a competent operator. All courses are run fully in line with the requirements of ITSSAR, LOLER 98 (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations), PUWER 98 (Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations) and HASAWA (Health and Safety at Work Act).

The qualification will teach the candidate to:

  • Identify all controls of the Machine
  • Carry out routine maintenance
  • Undertake pre-start checks
  • Inspect vehicle and comment on serviceability
  • Operate the machine safely to load and unload
  • Manoeuvre in a confined space
  • Operate at different working heights
  • Operate under different driving conditions

Qualification Information

Designed for those who:

  • Are school leavers age
  • Wish to add new skills to their portfolio
  • To be identified as competent operators
  • Want to promote a professional image

So, If you want to train to operate Plant Machinery, big or small – Call the Team Today – 02392 123555

  • A1 – Powered Pallet Truck (Pedestrian low level)
  • A2 – Powered Pallet Truck (Ride on Pedestrian low level) LLOP – Low Level Order Picker
  • A3 – Powered Pallet Truck 
  • A4 – Powered Pallet Truck (High Lift Platform)
  • A5 – Powered Pallet Stacker
  • A6 – Powered Pallet Straddle
  • A7 – Powered Pallet Reach
  • B1 – Counterbalance (up to and including 5 tonnes) 
  • B2 – Counterbalance (between 5 and 15 tonnes) 
  • B3 – Counterbalance (above 15 tonnes) 
  • C2 – Sideloader 
  • D1 – Reach Truck 
  • M – Multi-Directional Forklift Truck 
  • E2 – Medium Lift Order Picker
  • E3 – High lift Order Picker
  • VNA F1 – Very Narrow Aisle (Man Down) 
  • VNA F2 – Very Narrow Aisle (Man Up) 
  • J1 – Fixed Mast Rough Terrain Forklift 
  • J2 – Telescopic Rough Terrain Forklift (up to nine meter boom) 
  • J3 – Telescopic Rough Terrain Forklift (above nine meter boom)
  • P – Pivot Steer Forklift 
  • T – Lorry Mounted Forklift (Transportable) 
  • LMC – Lorry Mounted Crane

– We are also able to teach “familiarization” courses tailored to your needs; such as Forklift refueling procedures, the correct use of personnel carriers, attachments such as buckets and clamps,  other machine specific courses. – Call the office to enquire! – 02392 123555